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The frustrations continue for the Huntsville Havoc and their fans.
The fact that they were facing the best road team in the league didn't help. The Mississippi Surge came into town with a 3-0-1 road record, and had little problem improving to 4-0-1 Thursday night.
Mississippi's Jeff Grant scored the first goal of the game about ten minutes into the first period. BJ Crum, in his first game with Mississippi, made it 2-0 a few minutes later. Huntsville's Colin Reddin responded with a power play goal late in the first period.
Surge rookie Richard Vanderhoek scored his first pro goal three and a half minutes into the second period. At the half-way point of the game, a controversial moment when Mississippi winger Peydon Benning ripped a shot that roared over goalie Dan McWhinney's right shoulder, popping the water bottle off the top of the Havoc net. A popped bottle is usually a sure sign of a top-shelf goal, but neither referee, not the off-ice goal judge signaled a score. Players for both teams continued on as though the shot had hit a post. Several minutes later, when play was stopped, Surge coaches and players petitioned the referee to reconsider. The referees conferred with the off-ice officials, and after much discussion, a goal was awarded to Benning.
Havoc defenseman Bill Baker added a goal late in the second period, but the home team wasn't able to muster any further offense. The Surge were content to contain the Havoc in the third period, until the final horn sounded on the 4-2 Surge victory.
It's the Havoc's second straight loss, dropping their record to 3-8-1. With only 7 points, the Havoc sit 8th in the 9 team league.
Forwards Justin Fox and Ryan Maunu sat out for the third straight game with injuries. Both were placed on the 30-day IR list recently. It's unclear if the move will be retroactive.
Forward Chappen Leblond played for the first time since the October 26th season opener.
The Havoc acquired Pensacola forward Andrew Harrison in a trade for cash.