Havoc Drop Another on the Road to Red-Hot Richmond

(RICHMOND, Va.) - Stephen Briere, playing his first game in net for Huntsville, was victimized by a 4-goal second period as the Richmond Renegades handed the Havoc another road loss, 4-3, Wednesday night at Richmond Coliseum.

The Havoc, now 4-13 on the road, have lost 6 straight -- all on this road trip.

Former Havoc center Trevor Karasiewicz set up three goals, as Richmond registered its 10th straight win -- its 7th straight on home ice before an announced crowd of 2,791.

Richmond coach Brian Goudie said. "We're just taking it one game at a time. That's all we've been doing. When we were 7-12, we did the same thing."

By capturing 12 of their last 13, the Renegades (19-13-2) have risen from the bottom of the SPHL standings to within two points of 1st-place Knoxville (19-12-4).

The Havoc (13-19-0) made it interesting, right down to the final horn. When Drew Madeiros scored off a nifty pass from Donald Melnyk with 2:12 left to put Richmond up 5-3, this one appeared to be over.

The Havoc, though, pulled Briere within a minute and a half to go and made it a one-goal game on Beau McLaughlin's goal with 1:14 to go.

Huntsville managed to keep their net empty, but the Renegades' defense kept the Havoc from mounting a serious threat. The Havoc had a 6-on-4 advantage for the last 10 seconds, but couldn't get off a shot.

The Havoc played aggressively, beating Richmond in shots on goal 37-29, and keeping the puck in Richmond's end most of the 1st period. Eventually, it paid off with James Patterson's power-play goal at 8:09, assisted by Mike O'Sullivan and Emery Olauson.

Ahead 1-0, Richmond was much sharper in the 2nd period, scoring four times on eight shots off Briere, the former UAH goaltender.

Andre Gill scored his 20th goal on a blast from outside the blue line at 7:06, then less than a minute later, took a 2-1 edge as he assisted on Dennis Sicard's goal at 7:57.

Olauson tied it at 9:24 with assists from newcomers Edan Welch and Jordan Weibel.

The Havoc, 1-for-6 on the power play, came up empty on a two-man advantage before Gill put the Renegades on top again, 3-2, on a power play at 16:51. Huntsville evened it up again at 18:26 on a soft shot by O'Sullivan that fluttered past goalie Ryan Senft, but Richmond took the lead for good on J.J. Wrobel's power-play bomb in the final minute of the 2nd period.

The Renegades were penalty-free up to the time Drew Madeiros added the insurance goal.

The Havoc will try to salvage a win on this long road trip against Fayetteville, tonight. They return home to play Columbus on Saturday.