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Havoc in a do or die situation

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Havoc fans hold their breath in a close game (Photo : Richard Perigo) Havoc fans hold their breath in a close game (Photo : Richard Perigo)
(Photo : Richard Perigo) (Photo : Richard Perigo)
(Photo : Richard Perigo) (Photo : Richard Perigo)
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The President's Cup will be in Huntsville on Friday. Unfortunately, the Havoc have no chance to hoist it in front of the home town crowd.

It'll be a do or die game for the Havoc, after the Pensacola Ice Flyers took game 1 in the best of three series Tuesday night. If they win Friday, they'll celebrate as they're crowned SPHL Champions. The best the Havoc can do is win, and force a third and final, winner-take-all game three  Sunday in Florida.

Tuesday's game saw the Havoc fire off an impressive 44 shots. For a team that sometimes struggled to get 20, that's a respectable improvement. However, the Ice Flyers threw a staggering 72 (58 in regulation) pucks at Havoc goalie Jesse Kallechy. The Sherwood Park, Alberta native earned the respect of the Pensacola crowd, stopping 70 of the shots, many in dramatic fashion.

The Havoc took an early lead when Stuart Steffan crashed the net and slammed home a loose puck from Leland Fidler. But, the Ice Flyers responded with less than a minute left in the second period, tying the game at one. There was no change in score through a brutal third period, despite a flurry of shots as time ran out.  Late in the overtime period, the Ice Flyers finally ended the game.

Pensacola has been dominant this playoff run, going undefeated through the second season thus far. They've been aided by the return of several players from call-ups to higher leagues, and the addition of the quasi-retired former Havoc star Dan Buccella.

In fact, it was "Dancin' Dan" who put the dagger in the heart of the dozens of Havoc fans who gathered at Hooters Tuesday night to watch a live stream of the game. With just three minutes left in the first overtime period, Buccella finally broke through Kallechy's brick wall and ended the game.

The Havoc will have two days to figure out a game plan before hitting the ice again Friday night at the VBC. Ticket sales for the last game of the year have been hot so far, an the Havoc front office is encouraging the fans to wear red on game day to show their support.

 

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