Goaltender Brian Hince is making his return to the Ice Bears. He last played with the team during the 2011-2012 season.
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The Knoxville Ice Bears announce the return of goaltender Bryan Hince.
Hince last played for the Ice Bears in the 2011-2012 season, appearing in 18 games with a record of 16 wins against only a single loss and a save percentage of .919. His 16-1 record is the best single-season record by any goaltender in SPHL history with at least 5 decisions.
Prior to his promotion to the ECHL, Hince also set the SPHL record for consecutive victories with 12. That record is still intact and active as he was promoted prior to suffering a streak-ending loss. In addition, Hince allowed no more than three goals in any of those appearances, posting a GAA of 2.02.
His overall record as an Ice Bears goalie stands at 31-15 with a GAA of 2.66 and a save percentage of .918.
Since being called to Greenville, Hince has seen action with three ECHL teams and was on the roster of the Connecticut Whale, the AAA affiliate of the New York Rangers, earlier this season.
His record in the ECHL stands at 9-4 with a goals against average of 2.58 and a save percentage of .911.
Ice Bears Head Coach Mike Craigen is pleased to see Hince back in an Ice Bears uniform as the team prepares for the final third of the season. "Brian is a top goalie at this level and his return changes the defensive makeup of this team. His athleticism, coupled with his intensity, work ethic, and hatred for losing makes the Ice Bears a better hockey team immediately".
President and General Manager Mike Murray commented that the Ice Bears "...welcome his return. He is such a great competitor; he makes the team in front of him better. We also feel like there is some unfinished business with him in net from last year. We look forward to the consistency he can provide in the stretch run and into the playoffs".
Goaltender Peter Skoggard was released in order to clear a roster spot for Hince. It was a tough decision for Coach Craigen who commented, "We want to thank Peter Skoggard for coming in here, being a great teammate and helping to stabilize our goaltending situation. This is a tough business that is often very cruel. We truly wish him the best of luck wherever he moves on to."
The Ice Bears have two games this week at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. On Thursday night Knoxville takes on the Huntsville Havoc, and one lucky fan will receive $1000 cash in a random drawing. Saturday night is Wiener Dog Race night against Pensacola. Seventy wiener dogs will race across the ice for prizes during the first intermission of this yearly sellout event. Tickets for both games are available by calling (865) 525-PUCK (7825).