Ice Bears beat RiverKings for President's Cup

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Knoxville Ice Bears defeated the Mississippi RiverKings, 4-2, in Game 2 of the President’s Cup Final Saturday night at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. The Ice Bears won their fourth President’s Cup in franchise history, sweeping the best-of-three series, two games to zero.

The Ice Bears raced out of the gates to a 1-0 lead just 2:04 into the first period. The RiverKings turned the puck over in the neutral zone and Eric Satim scooped it up and started a 2-on-1. Satim fired a shot from the left circle, which trickled off the arm of Peter Di Salvo and in for a 1-0 game.

The RiverKings controlled play over the final two periods, but Bryan Hince, named playoff MVP, made several great stops. He faced 31 shots over the final two periods. Knoxville took a 2-0 lead at 8:18 when they scored on a rebound at the left circle. Francis Drolet swatted the loose puck past Di Salvo on a third try. Just over three minutes later Matt Whitehead made it a one-goal game with a shot from the left circle on a breakaway at 11:43. The Ice Bears went up by two again at 15:12 on an odd-man rush than Satim finished for a 3-1 lead heading into the third.

In the final period the RiverKings again pressed, but were matched by Hince. With 1:21 to play in the third Matthew Paton buried an empty-net goal to make it 4-1 Ice Bears. The RiverKings would get one back with a minute to play when Mike Grace fired a slap shot from the left circle, making it a 4-2 final. 

About the Mississippi RiverKings

The Mississippi RiverKings are supported by their community partners, season ticket holders, fans, and by program-related investments of the Maddox Foundation, an independent private foundation based in Hernando, Miss. To find out more about the RiverKings, call 662.342.1755 or visit www.riverkings.com

Posted by Lukas Favale at 10:00 PM

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MAC x-Macon 56 33 16 7 73
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HUN x-Huntsville 56 30 16 10 70
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EVV x-Evansville 56 27 20 9 63
MRK x-RiverKings 56 29 25 2 60
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Updated: April 8, 2018

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