Knoxville outlasts Columbus, 4-3
Story by Narrative Science.
The Knoxville Ice Bears gutted out a close 4-3 win against the Columbus Cottonmouths.
No lead was more than two goals during the contest, and the winning goal was scored by Ben Power at 16:50 of the second period.
Phil Bronner was all over the ice for Knoxville, as he tallied two goals and one assist in the win. Bronner scored the first of his two goals at 3:02 into the second period to make the score 1-1. Mark Van Vliet provided the assist. Bronner's next tally made the score 2-1 Knoxville with 11:09 left in the second period. A high sticking penalty on Levi Lind had put the Ice Bears on the power play. Power picked up the assist.
Columbus' power play was ineffective against Knoxville's penalty kill, which allowed one goal while shorthanded.
The Ice Bears forced their penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up eight minors and three majors for 31 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 21.0 minutes per game Knoxville had been spending in the box. The 30 shots that the Ice Bears put on net surpassed Knoxville's average of 27.2 shots per game this season.
Knoxville also got points from Power, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Knoxville also got a goal from Peter Neal as well. More assists for Knoxville came via Jeremy Klaver and Eric Satim, who each chipped in one.
The Cottonmouths were below their usual level of shot production, taking 21 shots compared to the 27.3 Columbus averages. The Cottonmouths found themselves short handed often, totaling 29 penalty minutes and allowing six power plays.
Columbus was helped by Tory Allan, who grabbed one goal. Allan scored 14:45 into the second period to make the score 3-3. Michael Switzer assisted on the tally. Matt Gingera also scored for Columbus. Other players who recorded assists for Columbus were Tom Maldonado, Jason Gray, Chris Bailer, Daniel Amesbury, and Dan Bremner, who contributed one a piece.
Bryan Hince made 18 saves for the Ice Bears on 21 shots. Andrew Loewen rejected 26 shots on goal for the Cottonmouths.