Havoc survives late rally
HUNTSVILLE, AL - The Huntsville Havoc survived a determined comeback attempt by the Augusta RiverHawks on the way to a 3-2 win.
Huntsville made the score 3-1 on a goal by Leland Fidler at 17:52 in the second period, and Augusta got as close as 3-2 when Shawn Skelly scored 18:55 into the third period.
The Havoc were led by Fidler, who tallied one goal.
Huntsville racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with five minors and two majors for 30 minutes in penalty time. The Havoc had been averaging 22.0 minutes in penalties per game. Huntsville excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in four chances. By firing 32 shots on goal, the Havoc exceeded the 20.8 shots they average per game this year.
Huntsville also got a goal from Justin Fox as well. More assists for Huntsville came via Stuart Stefan, who had one and Colin Reddin, who had two.
The RiverHawks were often in penalty trouble, totaling seven minors and two majors for 24 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 19.0 minutes per game Augusta had been spending in the box. Huntsville was unable to stop the RiverHawks from sending pucks towards the net, and Augusta eventually piled up 31 shots on goal.
The RiverHawks were helped by Chad Ziegler, who racked up one goal. Ziegler scored 12:20 into the second period to make the score 1-0 Augusta. Dennis Sicard picked up the assist. In addition, Augusta received assists from Jason Price, Pat Schafer, and William Lacasse, who each chipped in one.
Dan McWhinney rejected 29 shots on goal for the Havoc. Huntsville registered one goal on six power play opportunities. The Havoc ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Matt Smyth was ejected from the game. BJ OBrien made 29 saves for Augusta on 32 shots.