(HUNTSVILLE) - The last-place Huntsville Havoc have moved within a point of escaping the cellar and two of 5th place in the SPHL as Travis Kauffeldt and Tristan Fairbarn each scored two goals in a 5-4 win over Richmond, Friday night on home ice.
It was Huntsville's 5th straight win after coach John Gibson made several player moves in an attempt to get the team out of a long losing pattern.
James Patterson also netted a goal for the Havoc. Kauffeldt, the reigning SPHL Player of the Week, added an assist and Edan Welch and Mike O'Sullivan had two assists each.
Once again, the Havoc (18-20) were sharp on the power play. James Patterson scored the first of three for Huntsville at 11:11 of the 1st period. Bobby Siers followed with his 4th of the season with the Havoc in full strength 24 seconds later to give his team a 2-0 lead. The Havoc, the most successful team in the league with the man advantage, are 16-of-41 (39%) on the power play.
With the teams tied, 2-2 after the first intermission, Kauffeldt scored just 1:42 into the 2nd period to break the tie, but Richmond went ahead, 4-3, on a pair of goals by Andre Gill. Kauffeldt, then tied the score again with a power play shot from the slot at 18:52.
Tristan Fairbarn scored the game-winner from the crease on a ricochet off the post at 5:48 of the final period. Beau McLaughlin and Mike O'Sullivan got credit for the assists.
Steve Briere stopped 28 shots of 32 shots in the net for Huntsville. Ryan Senft made 24 saves for the Renegades.
The same two teams will meet again tomorrow night at 7:30 on CenturyTel Ice at the Von Braun Center.