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Knoxville wins tough contest against Columbus, 3-2

Columbus Civic Center    Sat, Oct 26, 2013

The Knoxville Ice Bears and the Columbus Cottonmouths were evenly matched throughout their contest, but Knoxville made the most of its opportunities and won, 3-2.

No lead was more than two goals during the contest, and the winning goal was scored by Francis Drolet at 1:39 of the second period.

The Ice Bears were sparked by Ben Power, who grabbed one goal. Power scored 5:52 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Knoxville. Bryan Hince picked up the assist.

In a losing effort, Columbus was paced by Ian McNulty, who registered two goals. McNulty scored the first of his two goals at 14:53 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Matt Gingera assisted on the tally. McNulty's next tally made the score 3-2 Knoxville with 6:58 left in the second period.

Ben Souders also scored for Knoxville. In addition, Knoxville received assists from Nate Peterson, Mark Van Vliet, Eric Satim, and Paul Kurceba, who contributed one a piece.

With 33 shots on target during the contest, the Cottonmouths exceeded the 28.5 shots they average per game this year.

Columbus additionally got points from Jordan Braid, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Other players who recorded assists for Columbus were Tom Maldonado, who had one.

Bryan Hince made 31 saves for Knoxville on 33 shots. The Ice Bears incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors. Andrew Loewen recorded 19 saves for Columbus. The Cottonmouths totaled 23 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major and went 1-for-5 on the power play. For Columbus, Daniel Amesbury was ejected from the game.

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