KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Shawn Bates scored a hat trick to lead Columbus to a 6-2 victory over Knoxville on Saturday.
The win comes a day after Knoxville ended the Cottonmouths' 10-game win streak in Columbus on Friday.
Bates scored Columbus' first two goals. The first was unassisted at 5:05 of the second period.
His second goal at 10:45 started a flurry where the team combined for five goals in 6:23. Kyle Thomas and Mike Switzer assisted on the second goal.
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After Francis Drolet scored at 11:58 for Knoxville, Swizter scored for the Snakes at 13:23. The assists went to Tyler MacPherson and Patrick McCadden.
Eric Satime scored at 14:14 for the IceBears.
Matt Gingera capped the flurry for the Snakes at 17:08 for a 4-2 lead. Bryce Williamson and Andy Williger had the assists.
Bates completed his hat trick with another unassisted goal, this one at 7:51 of the final period.
Williamson scored the final goal at 19:37 with an assist by Craig Simchuk.
The Snakes return to the ice with a pair of games at Peoria on Dec. 26 and 27.