HUNTSVILLE, AL - The Huntsville Havoc posted a 2-1 record in three preseason games over the weekend.
Friday, October 19 - Knoxville 4, Huntsville 5
Huntsville, AL - The Knoxville Ice Bears tried to dig themselves out of a three-goal hole, but the Huntsville Havoc held on for a 5-4 victory.
A goal by Ryan Maunu put Huntsville up 5-2 in the second period, but Knoxville pulled to within one on Nathan Peterson's tally 3:16 into the third period.
Dylan Gilbert was all over the ice for the Havoc, as he finished with two goals in the win. Gilbert found the back of the net on the power play 11:09 into the second period to make the score 3-2 Huntsville and again while 16:12 into the second to make the score 4-2 Huntsville.
Huntsville forced Ice Bears' goalies to work in net, totaling 36 shots and forcing 31 saves. Brennan Poderzay made 17 stops and Tyler OBrien made 14. The Havoc penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on seven Knoxville power plays. Huntsville could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 53 minutes in penalties during the game.
Huntsville also got points from Maunu, who also tallied one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. Mike MacDonald also scored for Huntsville. Other players who recorded assists for Huntsville were Matt Smyth, Stuart Stefan, Sam Cannata, and Ray Ortiz, who each chipped in one.
The Ice Bears made Havoc's netminders to work without much rest, racking up 39 shots and forcing 35 saves. Dan McIntosh made 17 stops and Jonathan LaRose made 18. Knoxville found itself short handed often, totaling 57 penalty minutes and allowing four power plays.
The Ice Bears were helped by Eric Satim, who registered one goal. Satim scored short handed 19:48 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Knoxville. Knoxville found itself down a man on Kyle VanderMale's fighting. Kory Helowka assisted on the tally. Knoxville also got a goal from Peter Neal as well. More assists for Knoxville came via Tyler Fernandez, who had two and Jacobucci Matthew, Jon Higgins, Anthony Collins, and Scott Berkley, who contributed one a piece.
The Ice Bears ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Brett Valliquette was ejected from the game.
Saturday, October 20 - Huntsville 0, Knoxville 1
Nashville, TN - Mark Van Vliet gave the Knoxville Ice Bears the lead in the first period, and the Huntsville Havoc was never able to catch up in a close game that ended 1-0.
Knoxville took over the lead for good with a goal by Van Vliet at 11:48 in the first period. Peter Neal assisted on the tally.
The Ice Bears were led by Van Vliet, who grabbed one goal.
Knoxville's penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on five Huntsville power plays. The Ice Bears featured an improved defense during the game. Knoxville gives up 2.5 goals on average per game.
Huntsville excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in three chances. The Havoc failed to reach their usual level of shot production, putting 21 pucks on goal after averaging 26.5 shots per game this season. Huntsville did not reach the goal total it has come to expect this season. The Havoc put an average of 2.5 pucks into the net per game.
Huntsville was led by Justin Fox, who took five shots.
Connor Toomey made 14 saves before being replaced by Kyle Rank, who took the win and made seven saves. The Ice Bears ended with 25 minutes in penalty time with five minors and three majors. Dan McWhinney recorded 24 saves for the Havoc. Huntsville ended with 21 minutes in penalty time with three minors and three majors.
Sunday, October 21 - Huntsville 6, Mississippi RiverKings 3
Southaven, MS - The Huntsville Havoc were firing on all cylinders against Mississippi RiverKings, and when the final buzzer sounded Havoc emerged with a 6-3 win.
Ryan Maunu had one goal and two assists to lead Huntsville. Maunu scored 12:11 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Huntsville.
The Havoc found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. Huntsville has scored at the pace of 3.7 goals per game during the current campaign. The Havoc relied on a core group of players for most of their offense, as Chapen Leblond, Justin Fox and Stuart Stefan took 12 of the team's 23 shots.
Huntsville also got points from Andre Leclair, who also tallied one goal and one assist. In addition, Huntsville received assists from Chris Waterstradt, Chase Wharton, Mark Henke, and Bill Baker, who each chipped in one.
The Mississippi RiverKings penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled four minors and six majors for 48 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 32.0 minutes per game Mississippi RiverKings had been spending in the box. Mississippi RiverKings excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in four chances. By firing 23 shots on goal, Mississippi RiverKings exceeded the 18.0 shots it averages per game this year.
Mississippi RiverKings was helped by Matt Whitehead, who racked up one goal. Whitehead scored 13:20 into the second period to make the score 4-2 Huntsville. Darrell Stoddard picked up the assist. Mississippi RiverKings also got a goal from Jeremy Dawes as well. Other players who recorded assists for Mississippi RiverKings were Kyle Lundale and Patrick Goul, who contributed one a piece.