HUNTSVILLE, AL - The Huntsville Havoc took two out of three games over the weekend beating the Knoxville Ice Bears 6-3 on Thursday and the Mississippi Surge 3-1 on Saturday. The Havoc fell 2-1 to Columbus on Friday night.
Thursday, January 23 - Huntsville 6, Knoxville 3
KNOXVILLE, TN - Behind a great game by Josh Harris, who had two goals and one assist, the Huntsville Havoc defeated the Knoxville Ice Bears, 6-3.
Harris' tallies came at 8:01 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Huntsville and 18:12 into the third to make the score 5-3 Huntsville.
Huntsville's penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on four Knoxville power plays. The Havoc surpassed their usual scoring output this season. This season, Huntsville averages 3.7 goals per contest. The Havoc relied on a core group of players for most of their offense, as Harris, Nick Lazorko and Scott Harff took 15 of the team's 29 shots. Huntsville's defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in three goals.
Huntsville also had goals scored by Leland Fidler, Dominic Osman, and Kyle Frieday, who each put in one. More assists for Huntsville came via Mike Gurtler, who had two and Justin Cseter, Ray Ortiz, and Brock Sawyer, who contributed one a piece.
Knoxville excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in four chances.
The Ice Bears were led by Francis Drolet, who dished out three assists.
The Havoc's Jesse Kallechy stopped 23 shots out of the 26 that he faced. Huntsville ended with 26 minutes in penalty time with three minors and two majors. For the Havoc, Eric Alexander was ejected from the game. Bryan Hince made 23 saves for Knoxville on 28 shots. The Ice Bears ended with 11 minutes in penalty time with three minors and one major.
Friday, January 24 - Columbus 2, Huntsville 1
HUNTSVILLE, AL - The Huntsville Havoc tried to dig themselves out of a two-goal hole, but the Columbus Cottonmouths held on for a 2-1 victory.
Columbus made the score 2-0 on a goal by Will Aide at 24 seconds in the second period, and Huntsville got as close as 2-1 when Ray Ortiz scored 19:01 into the third period.
The Cottonmouths' Andrew Loewen was a brick wall in net, as he came up with 42 saves and let only one puck past him. Loewen certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 2.97 entering the contest.
Columbus put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow the Havoc to score on any of their four power plays. The 30 shots that the Cottonmouths put on net surpassed Columbus' average of 24.9 shots per game this season.
Columbus also got a goal from Sam Bowles as well. More assists for Columbus came via Tom Maldonado and Jason Gray, who each chipped in one.
Huntsville was held below its usual level of production. The Havoc put an average of 3.6 pucks into the net per game. Huntsville's offense rang up 43 shots on the Cottonmouths' net.
Other players who recorded assists for Huntsville were Justin Cseter, who had one.
Columbus totaled 17 minutes in penalty time with six minors and one major and went 1-for-2 on the power play. Jesse Kallechy rejected 28 shots on goal for the Havoc. Huntsville ended with 23 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major. The Havoc ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Mike Gurtler was ejected from the game.
Saturday, January 25 - Mississippi Surge 1, Huntsville 3
HUNTSVILLE, AL - Kevin Genoe had a standout game with 30 saves, and the Huntsville Havoc beat Mississippi Surge 3-1.
Huntsville was led by Eric Alexander, who tallied one goal. Alexander scored on the power play 17:09 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Huntsville. The Havoc earned a power play opportunity when Bill Baker was put in the box for hooking. Stuart Stefan provided the assist.
Huntsville racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with seven minors and two majors for 24 minutes in penalty time. The Havoc surpassed its season average of 19.0 penalty minutes per game. Huntsville stifled Mississippi Surge's power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. The Havoc relied on a core group of players for most of their offense, as Leland Fidler, Mike Gurtler and Nick Lazorko took 18 of the team's 26 shots.
In addition, Huntsville received assists from Paul Kurceba, who had one and Dominic Osman, who had two.
Mississippi Surge was often in penalty trouble, totaling eight minors and two majors for 26 minutes in penalty time. Mississippi Surge had been averaging 18.0 minutes in penalties per game. Mississippi Surge relied on a core group of players for most of its offense, as Joe Tolles, Jordan Peddle and Jarkko Leppanen took 18 of the team's 31 shots. Mississippi Surge's offense was helped by the efforts of its defensemen, who managed to put 13 shots on net during the game.
Mississippi Surge was led by Justin MacDonald, who scored the team's only goal. MacDonald scored short-handed 8:36 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Mississippi Surge. Mississippi Surge found itself down a man on Kyle Fletcher's roughing. Peddle picked up the assist.
Huntsville registered one goal on six power play opportunities. Mississippi Surge's Dan Clarke stopped 23 shots out of the 25 that he faced. Mississippi Surge registered zero goals on five power play opportunities.