By Dave Link, Knoxville News Sentinel (Photo by Jim Purvis)
Rookie goalie Connor Toomey wasn't sure how much playing time he'd get when he made the Knoxville Ice Bears' roster last month.
As it turns out, Toomey has gotten lots of time in a hurry.
Toomey posted his third consecutive victory Friday night as the Ice Bears beat Augusta 4-2 before 3,319 fans in a Southern Professional Hockey League game at Civic Coliseum.
The Ice Bears (4-1) won their fourth straight.
"We're on a nice little streak," Toomey said. "We've got a lot of things clicking. Every game we've been improving on something, and tonight was the power play. We got two big power-play goals."
Toomey got a scheduled start last Saturday at Augusta in place of starter Kyle Rank, and the Ice Bears won 3-2 in overtime.
When Rank got sick on Tuesday's road trip to Columbus, Toomey got the start and the Ice Bears posted a 2-1 shootout victory.
"(Toomey) ended up outdueling the best goalie in the league from last year in Ian Vigier and stopping eight shooters in a shootout against the defending champion," Ice Bears coach Mike Craigen said. "It's a pretty good job for Tooms. He's won three in a row now, and a big part of winning is goaltending."