Knoxville Takes Weekend Finale 9-2

The Storm fell in the strangest and ugliest game so far this season to the Knoxville Ice Bears by a final score of 9-2.

Quad City led 1-0 at the first intermission and held the Ice Bears scoreless for the first 26:21 of the game.  Lucas Bombardier finished the visitor’s first score when we wheeled around the top of his attacking zone and swung back door to tap a one-timer passed Cory Simons, who was making his first ever SPHL start.  Knoxville proceeded to score the next three goals in the game to take a 4-1 lead.

The final of the four goals chased Simons and 41-second later Mitch Mueller popped home his team leading tenth goal of the season.  With a new tender in Pete Di Salvo in the net and the Mueller goal cutting the deficit to two, it seemed as if the Storm could be poised to make a comeback.

That was not the case.

Knoxville’s Bryce Nielsen made it a three-goal game again 26 seconds after the Mueller goal and the Ice Bears proceeded to put up the next four goals of the game to win 9-2.  Quad City hits the road next weekend to take on Peoria and is back at the TaxSlayer Center January 22nd at 6:30 for College Night, featuring two dollar beers!

Brian Rothenberger