(WINSTON-SALEM) - The Huntsville Havoc rallied from a 2-goal deficit in the 2nd period, but fell to the Twin City Cyclones, 4-3, Saturday night at Lawrence Joel Veterans Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The loss drops the Havoc back in last place in the SPHL at 7-8. Fifth-place Twin City improves to 9-7.
The Havoc opened the scoring just over 2 minutes into the game on a goal by Mike O'Sullivan, assisted by Craig Bushey and Gavin Hodgson. Daryl Moore's short-handed goal at 7:35 tied the game.
The Cyclones, in the span of a minute, broadened that lead to 3-1, Taylor Hustead and Matt Puntureri scoring at 12:01 and 12:28.
Dan Buccella narrowed that lead to 3-2 on a pass from Mike O'Sullivan at 9:41 of the 2nd period, then drew even on a power-play goal by Justin Keller at 15:31, but the Cyclones retook the lead at 18:32 on a power-play goal by Allan Sirois.
Both teams failed to score in the final period. The Cyclones killed off two penalties on the best power-play scoring team in the league (26.42%), then held on behind Adam Geragosian, who stopped 5 shots.
Geragosian, in just his 2nd game for Twin City, stopped 26 of 29 in the game. Matt Carmichael stopped 27 of 31 for Huntsville.
Huntsville's next home game is December 26 at Knoxville. Their next home game follows a day later, also against Knoxville.