KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Lucas Bombardier, Scott Cuthrell and Gehrett Sargis each recorded a goal and an assist and Cody Porter stopped 28 of 30 shots as the Knoxville Ice Bears downed the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs 5-2 late Friday night.
Bombardier opened the scoring with a power-play goal at the 5:14 mark, but Roanoke’s Jeff Jones extended his point streak to seven games with a power-play tally of his own to tie the game at 1-1 midway through the first period.
Cuthrell restored the Bears’ one-goal lead just before the first intermission, while Stefan Brucato and Sargis extended the lead to 4-1 after two with markers in the second period.
Dwyer Tschantz made it 5-1 early in the third before the Dawgs’ Brad Riccardi stuck in a consolation goal with just over three and a half minutes remaining to account for the final margin.
Roanoke’s Henry Dill was pulled in the third period after he stopped 23 of 27 shots. Dill was replaced by backup Austyn Roudebush, who turned away eight of nine shots.
Saturday night’s game between Roanoke and Knoxville was not over by press time.
The Dawgs will travel to Huntsville for a 6 p.m. faceoff Sunday against the Havoc.