(HUNTSVILLE) - The Huntsville Havoc's win streak began where it ended -- at home to the 1st place Knoxville Ice Bears -- before a season-high crowd of 6,192, Saturday night, despite a great effort by the Havoc down the end.
The Ice Bears stuffed a power play in the waning seconds to hold off the Havoc, 3-2.
With goalie Matt Carmichael pulled from his post for the man advantage, newcomer Emery Olauson, from the edge of the left circle, slapped a shot past Knoxville goalie Ervins Mustukovs with 1:06 remaining in the game, pulling the Havoc within one.
Skating with a 4-on-3 advantage in the final 16 seconds, the Havoc were unable to convert on a two-line clearing pass to Matt Carmichael, who ripped one last shot in a crowd into the chest of Mustukovs.
Dan Buccella (inset) gave the Havoc a 1-0 lead at 4:15 of the 1st period just after the squad killed a Knoxville power play. It was all Huntsville's offense could offer, however, despite four power-play opportunities and 34 shots-on-goal.
Knoxville tied it up at 15:05 of the opening period when Ben Manny tipped in a slapshot by Art Mnatsakinov. They went ahead late in the 2nd period on a breakaway goal by Mike Carter.
The Swider-Pelkey line, that has figured in so many wins for Knoxville, figured into this one, as the Ice Bears added the insurance goal at 2:49 in the 3rd period. With the man advantage, Kevin Swider's shot from just inside the right circle was shoved in by Bobby Joe Pelkey for a 3-1 lead.
Mustokovs stopped 32 of 34 shots for Knoxville, now 14-9. Matt Carmichael snuffed 30 of 33.
Fighting to stay out of last place, Huntsville's closest rival, the Richmond Renegades, won their game, Saturday night, against Twin City, 4-2. Columbus beat Fayetteville, 6-2.
The Havoc are now 11-10 on the season. They now travel to Knoxville on Thursday night before returning Friday and Saturday to the VBC to face the Twin City Cyclones.