By Dave Link, Knoxville News Sentinel (Photo by Jim Purvis)
It wasn't terribly bad for the Knoxville Ice Bears on Thursday night at Civic Coliseum.
Just kinda bad.
Jordan Braid scored with 3:28 left in overtime and lifted Columbus to a 5-4 victory over the Ice Bears in a Southern Professional Hockey League game before 3,115 fans.
Knoxville lost for the sixth time in eight games and fell to 4-6 at home. The Ice Bears outshot Columbus 39-21.
"I will consider tonight a definite step in the right direction," Ice Bears coach Mike Craigen said. "Obviously you never like to lose, but if you've got to lose, you might as well lose outshooting a team and outworking a team."
Earlier Thursday, Ice Bears captain David Segal was placed on 30-day injured reserve due to shoulder injuries — less than 24 hours after Segal said he was "good to go" before Wednesday night's practice.
Segal's stay on IR is retroactive to Dec. 15 because he's been out since then.
"(Segal) didn't want to go on IR," Craigen said. "He wanted to play. It's Dec. 27, and I don't see the need for my captain to be playing as injured as he is right now because I think we've got the guys in the locker room to battle through this without him."