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SPHL Teams Season Previews - The Sin Bin

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Knoxville Ice Bears 2018-19 Season Preview
By Dana Barker - The Sin Bin

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Last season, new Knoxville Ice Bears head coach Jeff Carr completely revamped the roster from the one set by the previous coach, Mike Craigen. This season, Carr looks to reboot the roster again with only nine holdouts from last season on the opening night roster in hopes that his sophomore season will produce more success than his first one.

Carr has also added leadership on the ice with veteran defensemen Phil Tesoriero and Joe Tolles. The duo will balance out the abundance of youth elsewhere on the ice for Knoxville heading into the season. While not a veteran, center Danny Cesarz, the lone player remaining on the Ice Bears roster from Craigen’s last season as coach two years ago, will also bring stability and continuity to a team undergoing its second big roster turnover in as many seasons.

Nuts and Bolts:
Last Season Record: 30-20-6, 66 points
League Finish: 5th, SPHL
Playoff Finish: Lost to Peoria in semifinals
Goals For Per Game: 3.66 (3rd, SPHL)
Goals Against Per Game: 3.25 (6th, SPHL)
Power Play: 17.4% (46/265; 5th, SPHL)
Penalty Kill: 86.1% (205/238; 1st, SPHL)

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DAVENPORT’S NET: Goaltender Troy Davenport, one of the few returnees on the Knoxville opening night roster, upended Zoltan Hetenyi last season as the number one goaltender for the Ice Bears last season. Davenport started his first game for Knoxville on New Year’s Eve last season, going on to finish with a sparkling 16-3-3 record with a 2.66 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage. Despite having the better record to end the regular season, Carr gave the nod to Hetenyi for the Ice Bears’ playoff run. Look for Davenport to use that as motivation this season to elevate his game to an even higher level than the already great numbers he had last season.

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