Head coach Glenn Detulleo (Photo : Richard Perigo)
Southaven, MS (WAFF) - The Huntsville Havoc were hoping to keep their hot hand going in a rare Tuesday morning game against the Mississippi Riverkings, on the road in Southaven.
More than 4,200 kids packed the Landers Center for the Riverkings' annual field trip game for local school students. The game didn't fail to entertain. With seven goals, several thrilling saves, and a wild scrap featuring Bill Baker and Mississippi's Tyler Sheldrake, the Riverkings probably made a lot of young fans.
The Havoc struck first when Stuart Stefan scored his 6th goal of the season. The Riverkings quickly tied things up before the end of the first period. Justin Fox added a pair of goals in the later periods, but Mississippi kept up, and the game ended in a 3-all tie. After 5 minutes of scoreless overtime, which included a controversial "no-goal" call that went against the Havoc, the teams went to a shootout.
The Havoc were unable to score a single goal, as Stefan, Sam Cannata, Anthony Battaglia, Nick Lazorko and Justin Fox were all stopped cold by Mississippi's David Wilson.
Dan McWhinney stopped three of the four shots he faced in the shootout, but a lone goal from Matt Harrington was enough to give them the victory.
The Havoc will play on the road this weekend. Their next home game is Friday, February 8th against the Pensacola Ice Pilots.