Dan McWhinney celebrates with Chaos & Rukus (Photo : Richard Perigo)
Ian Boots scrambles for the puck (Photo : Richard Perigo)
Trevor Jewell made his Huntsville debut (Photo : Richard Perigo)
Danny Kauffman was +1 in his first game with Huntsville (Photo : Richard Perigo)
(Photo : Richard Perigo)
Huntsville, AL (WAFF) - He's done it again.
Dan McWhinney added to his own record Thursday night, earning his 7th career shutout with the Huntsville Havoc. Before this year, Huntsville legend Matt Carmichael held the record with five.
The goose egg didn't come easy for McWhinney, who had to turn away 50 shots from the Columbus Cottonmouths. That included a mad scramble in front of his net at time expired in the third period. That wild fracas led to a controversial penalty shot awarded to John Sullivan with just two seconds left on the clock. Sullivan came in and tried to fool McWhinney with a backhand to forehand move, but the big pad got in the way, as McWhinney raised his arms in celebration.
Huntsville's lone goal came from rookie Nick Lazorko, who is quietly having a great second half with 8 goals and 3 assists in 16 games. Newcomer Mike Gurtler had the lone assist, and now has 4 points in 4 games since coming to the Rocket City in a trade with Fayetteville for Brett Liscomb.
The Havoc haven't beaten Columbus at the Von Braun Center in nearly two years prior to Thursday's win.
Two new roster additions made their Huntsville debut Thursday. Defenseman Trevor Jewell was in the ice as a starter, and forward Trevor Kauffman was a +1.
Huntsville is now within two points of the 7th spot in the SPHL standings, currently held by the Mississippi RiverKings.
The Havoc are on the road Friday night against Augusta and will return to the VBC Saturday night for Military Appreciation Night against the Mississippi RiverKings.