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The Huntsville Havoc didn't have the start they were hoping for.
The team dropped two games to the once-lowly Louisiana Ice Gators on the road. But, first year head coach Glenn Detulleo is able to see the positives from the weekend. "We obviously didn't get the results we wanted on the weekend, but the guys played really hard." Detulleo told WAFF 48 Sports. "This early in the season, I was happy with the effort, seems like we're catching on to the system."
The Havoc got a boost from their young stars Colin Reddin, Justin Fox and Stuart Steffan each contributing three points in the two games. Detulleo says there's a lot of moving parts at the beginning of the season, and it can take time for things to gel together. "There's a lot of new things, systems, new players, linemates. So there's an adjustment period. Sooner or later, guys will just worry about playing hockey."
The next opportunity for the team to play hockey is coming up Friday night in Knoxville. "There's a rivalry between the two of us." Detulleo said. The Havoc clashed with their Knoxville foes twice in the pre-season, with both teams earning a win. "Even though they're just exhibition games, they were pretty intense...once the season starts, there's another level of intensity."
The Havoc's home opener is on November 10th at the Von Braun Center.
The Havoc held a "Meet the Team" party Tuesday night at the VBC. On Wednesday, the boys were busy filming new video introductions for the arena's video system.
Forward Chappen Leblond was placed on the 30 day IR with an undisclosed upper body injury.