(HUNTSVILLE) - Beau McLaughlin scored 2 goals and added an assist in just his 3rd game out of retirement to lead the Huntsville Havoc over the Richmond Renegades, 7-4, Thursday night before 2,881 at the Von Braun Center.
The win extended the Havoc's winning streak to three games and put them over the .500 mark at 10-9, however they are still locked in last place with Richmond with 20 points.
Adam Wood scored his first goal of the year for Huntsville early in the 1st period to give his team a 1-0 lead, which held up into the intermission.
After Donald Melnyk tied the game in the first minute of the next period, Huntsville exploded for four goals, then extended that lead to 6-1 on a Mike O'Sullivan goal at 5:25 of the 3rd period.
Richmond rallied in the final period, but Kyle Sheen's goal at 13:37 of the 3rd period added to an already comfortable lead.
James Patterson scored his 13th goal of the year, his 260th as a pro and 175th in a Huntsville uniform, off an O'Sullivan pass, then off the right post and off goalie Ryan Senft's skate, at 9:33 of the 2nd period on a penalty kill.
McLaughlin's pair of goals and assist all came in that same frenetic period. Justin Schmit also scored for Huntsville.
The Havoc travel to play Columbus, Friday night, then return home to play Knoxville, Saturday night, which is adult jersey night.
Huntsville coach John Gibson made one roster move to welcome the new year, trading forward Trevor Karasiewicz to Richmond for a player to be named, and adding forward Emery Olauson, who played Thursday night, and was credited with an assist on Sheen's 3rd period goal. Olauson had played in 200 games in the Central Hockey League over the past 5 seasons.