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Gibson Shakes Up Havoc with Trades. Two Released.

(HUNTSVILLE) - Shaking up a Huntsville Havoc team that has lost five straight, head coach John Gibson has traded defensemen Gavin Hodgson and Justin Schmit, and points leader Justin Keller, acquiring four players in return.

Hodgson and Schmit were traded today to the Twin City Cyclones for defensemen Matt Curley and Dylan Row.

It was the second trade in two days.

Monday, the Havoc sent Keller to the Fayetteville Fire Antz for veteran forward Edan Welch and defenseman Jordan Weibel.

To free up a roster spot to make room for Welch, newly-acquired defenseman Troy Maney, a product of Sparkman High, was released because of a prior commitment with Boeing.

Keller, acquired from the Florida Seals when that franchise disbanded last year, was an offensive leader for most of the season, playing in all 31 games, and leaves with 45 points and 28 assists.

Welch, a veteran of 300 career regular season games, was 2nd among the Fire Antz in assists (27) and points (36). He has played in 14 career playoff games and scored 4 goals and recorded 9 assists.

Weibel had 3 goals and 4 assists in 30 games for Fayetteville, and was a -6 on the ice. He played in 19 games combined in the CHL last year for the Laredo Bucks and Austin Ice Bats.

Hodgson has played in 30 games for Huntsville and has one goal and one assist.

Schmit played in 15 games and had one goal and two assists. He joined Tulsa of the CHL last week.

Curley appeared in 29 games for the Cyclones with no goals or assists and was a -9 on the ice.

Row has played in 12 games and recorded 3 assists. He played in 51 games for Fayetteville last season, scoring 15 goals and scored 26 assists.

The Havoc also released David Beckles and signed former UAH goaltender Steve Briere to a contract.

Briere has played in 112 career games in the AHL, IHL, ECHL and CHL. He has a 40-52-10 career record, a 3.23 goals against average and an 89.7 save percentage. He played in 45 games for the Chargers from 1997-2000 and finished with a 28-9-2 record, a 2.82 goals against average and a 89.9 save percentage.

The Havoc go to Fayetteville after their game against Richmond, before returning home Saturday night to face Columbus.

The Havoc are in last place in the SPHL with a 13-18 record and 26 points -- six behind 6th place Fayetteville.

Courtesy The Huntsville Havoc, www.pointstreak.com and The Internet Hockey Database

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