Referee Tyler Puddifant signals a goal on Friday night (Photo : Richard Perigo)
Sam Cannata finishes a check (Photo : Richard Perigo)
Chappen Leblond mixes it up (Photo : Richard Perigo)
Bryant Doerrsam celebrates a goal (Photo : Richard Perigo)
Linesman Thomas Knapp took a stray shot during a fight Friday (Photo : Richard Perigo)
HUNTSVILLE, AL - The Huntsville Havoc won one of three games over the weekend falling on the road in Knoxville before splitting a pair of home games by beating Pensacola and losing to Louisiana.
Thursday, February 7 - Huntsville 1, Knoxville 5
KNOXVILLE, TN - Connor Toomey stood on his head and made 25 saves to lead the Knoxville Ice Bears to a 5-1 victory over the Huntsville Havoc.
Knoxville was led by Matt Pierce, who finished with one goal. Pierce scored on the power play 10:53 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Knoxville. The Ice Bears had gained a power play chance when Sam Cannata was whistled for roughing. Shaun Arvai picked up the assist.
Knoxville put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Huntsville to score on any of its four power plays. The defensemen of the Ice Bears were also effective in the Havoc's zone, and came away with three goals. Knoxville's offense was clicking better than usual and put 34 shots on goal during the game, better than the 29.2 shots per game it averages.
Knoxville additionally got points from Arvai, who also tallied one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. Knoxville also got a goal from Jeremy Klaver as well. Other players who recorded assists for Knoxville were Eric Satim, Brett Valliquette, and Emery Olauson, who each chipped in one and Tyler Fernandez and Jon Higgins, who contributed two a piece.
The 26 shots that Huntsville put on net surpassed the Havoc's average of 19.2 shots per game this season. Huntsville was often in penalty trouble, as it ended with 10 minors and one major for 25 minutes in penalty time.
The Havoc were led by Nick Lazorko, who scored the team's only goal. Lazorko scored 7:19 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Huntsville. Ian Boots assisted on the tally.
The Ice Bears totaled 15 minutes in penalty time with five minors and one major and went 3-for-9 on the power play. Dan McWhinney recorded 29 saves for Huntsville.
Friday, February 8 - Pensacola 2, Huntsville 3
HUNTSVILLE, AL - The Pensacola Ice Flyers tried their best to erase a three-goal deficit, but the Huntsville Havoc would not be denied the victory and hung on to win, 3-2.
A goal by Bryant Doerrsam put Huntsville up 3-0 in the second period, but Pensacola pulled to within one on Ryan Salvis's tally 14:23 into the third period.
The Havoc put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow the Ice Flyers to score on any of their five power plays. The defensemen of Huntsville were also effective in Pensacola's zone, and came away with two goals. The Havoc's offense was clicking better than usual and put 35 shots on goal during the game, better than the 20.1 shots per game they average. Huntsville was forced to rely heavily on their penalty kill unit throughout the game, as it racked up 36 penalty minutes.
The Havoc were led by Kyle Laughlin, who tallied one goal and one assist. Laughlin scored 5:31 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Huntsville. Brett Liscomb picked up the assist. Huntsville also got a goal from Paul DAgostino as well. Other players who recorded assists for Huntsville were Sam Cannata and Ian Boots, who each chipped in one.
The Ice Flyers excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in three chances. Pensacola put 38 shots on net during the contest, more than the 21.0 it averages per game.
Ron Cramer also scored for Pensacola. More assists for Pensacola came via Kevin Kozlowski and Dylan Gilbert, who contributed one a piece.
Huntsville's Dan McWhinney stopped 36 shots out of the 38 that he faced. Gerry Festa rejected 32 shots on goal for the Ice Flyers. Pensacola incurred 22 minutes in penalty time with six minors.
Saturday, February 9 - Louisiana 3, Huntsville 0
HUNTSVILLE, AL - The Louisiana IceGators used a sparkling performance by Dustin Carlson to take down the Huntsville Havoc, as the netminder did not allow a goal in Louisiana's 3-0 shutout victory.
The IceGators were led by Kevin Brojek, who grabbed one goal. Brojek scored on the power play 7:42 into the second period to make the score 1-0 Louisiana. Louisiana earned a power play opportunity when Brett Liscomb was put in the box for interference. Jeremey Boyer assisted on the tally.
The IceGators racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with nine minors and one major for 33 minutes in penalty time. Louisiana surpassed its season average of 20.0 penalty minutes per game. The IceGators' penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on five Huntsville power plays. Louisiana's defensive play was more effective than usual against Huntsville. The IceGators average 2.6 goals allowed per game. Louisiana put 25 shots on net during the contest, more than the 19.9 it averages per game.
Shawn McNeil also scored for Louisiana. Other players who recorded assists for Louisiana were Matthew Robertson and Matt Miller, who contributed one a piece.
The Havoc were often in penalty trouble, totaling nine minors and two majors for 48 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 27.0 minutes per game Huntsville had been spending in the box. The Havoc did not reach the goal total they have come to expect this season. Huntsville averages 2.4 goals per game. The Havoc relied on a core group of players for most of their offense, as Kyle Laughlin, Nick Lazorko and Stuart Stefan took 18 of the team's 35 shots.
Carlson rejected 35 shots on goal for the IceGators. Louisiana registered two goals on six power play opportunities. Dan McWhinney made 22 saves for Huntsville on 25 shots. For the Havoc, Aaron McGill was ejected from the game.
Three Stars of the Week
#1 Kyle Laughlin - RW (1 goal, 1 assist)
#2 Nick Lazorko, Paul D'Agostino, Bryant Doerrsam - (1 goal each)
#3 Sam Cannata, Ian Boots, Brett Liscomb - (2 assists each)
Monday, February 11th - Ice Plex - 10:00
Tuesday, February 12th - Ice Plex - 10:00
Wednesday, February 13th - Ice Plex - 10:00
Thursday, February 14th - Ice Plex - 10:00
02/08/13 Kallechy, Jesse (G) signed contract
02/08/13 Morton, Greg (G) removed as emergency goaltender
02/07/13 Morton, Greg (G) added as emergency goaltender
02/07/13 LaRose, Jonathan (G) placed on 30 day IR
02/05/13 Boots, Ian (RW) returned on loan from Ontario (ECHL)
02/04/13 Cherry, Ross (G) removed as emergency goaltender
Friday, February 15th at Mississippi Surge - 7:05
Saturday, February 16th at Columbus Cottonmouths - 6:30