The Knoxville Ice Bears struggles at home continued Friday as they lost to Mississippi 5-2.
The Ice Bears dropped below .500 in home games at the Civic Coliseum. The good news is they hit the road Saturday to play at last place Augusta, and Knoxville is two games over .500 on the road.
Here's more on the game from the Knoxville Ice Bears:
The Knoxville Ice Bears fell to the Mississippi RiverKings 5-2 in front of a crowd of 2,632.
The Knoxville Ice Bears looked to continue their late period flurry from yesterday's game as they out played, out shot and out scored their cross state rival, during the first period. Knoxville's Tyler Fernandez buried a backhand shot past RiverKings' netminder Matthew Krahn to jump out to a first period lead 1-0.
The second period was a completely different story as it was the RiverKings who turned the tables when forward, Ian Finnerty scored an unassisted goal 14 seconds in the middle period. The RiverKings took their first lead of the game just six and half minutes later when Matt Harrington scored a power play goal to make it 2-1.
The Ice Bears were unable to solve Krahn as they peppered him with 11 shots and headed into the locker room down a goal after 40 minutes of play.
The Ice Bears bounced back in the third period when Fernandez notched his second goal of the evening off a backhand pass from Brett Valliquette who one timed the puck over Krahn's shoulder.
Mississippi forward Kevin Willer scored a power play goal at 7:02 of the third to regain the one goal advantage for the road team 3-2.
Knoxville pressed to draw even but it was who Mississippi managed to score two goals in the final two minutes of play to seal victory for the RiverKings 5-2.
The Ice Bears will be back in action to host the Columbus Cottonmouths for $1,000 Thursday & "Gift Exchange" presented by WBIR on Thursday, Dec. 27. For the only time this season, the Ice Bears will be offering "Family Four Packs" for $44 ($84 Value) - includes 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 soft drinks. Bring an wanted gift to the Coliseum which will be donated to Children's Hospital and receive a buy one Silver level ticket get one Silver Level ticket half off as well as one lucky fan will end the evening $1000 richer. Puck drops at 7:30 pm.
To order tickets call (865) 656-4444 or visit www.knoxvilletickets.com.
Mercedes Benz and Land Rover of Knoxville Three Stars of the Game:
1st Star - Ian Finnerty (Mississippi)
2nd Star - Tyler Fernandez (Knoxville)
3rd Star - Kevin Willer (Mississippi)