Patterson, Keller lead Havoc to 3-2 Victory

(HUNTSVILLE) - Matt Carmichael stopped 29 of 31 shots as Justin Keller and James Patterson (inset) led the Huntsville Havoc to a 3-2 victory over the Knoxville Ice Bears before an announced crowd of 3,512 at the Von Braun Center, Thursday night.

Each player had a goal and an assist.

The victory avenges a 6-1 loss in Knoxville the previous night.

Fans saw a flurry of 2nd period scoring after a scoreless 20 minute opener.

All five goals came in a flurry in the 2nd period after a scoreless opening period, the first, just 20 seconds into the period when Justin Keller, in front of the net, took a quick pass from Dan Buccella and slapped it by Knoxville goalie Kirk Irving.

A minute later, at 1:32, Buccella scored on the start of a power play when he positioned himself in nearly the same spot and took a pass from James Patterson to make it 2-0. Patterson was named "Star-of-the-Game".

Knoxville scored on the subsequent face-off, six seconds later, with Bobby Joe Pelkey getting credit for the unassisted goal.

The Ice Bears tied the game at 8:35 when SPHL assist leader, Kevin Swider, passed the puck back to Brett Smith from the slot. Smith's slapshot went top shelf over Patterson's glove into the net.

Patterson scored the game-winner, shorthanded, at 11:12 on a breakaway, fed by Mike O'Sullivan in the neutral zone.

Knoxville outshot Huntsville in the game, 31-19. Both teams were 1-for-3 on the power play.

Huntsville (8-9) is now tied with Richmond for 6th in the SPHL with 16 points. Knoxville (12-8) has a one-point lead over Columbus with the loss.

The Havoc play their final game of the year, tomorrow at the VBC, against Jacksonville, who beat Fayetteville, Thursday night, 4-2.