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Last-minute goal saves Havoc from shutout as Snakes dominate 5-1

on Dec 17, 2012
Last-minute goal saves Havoc from shutout as Snakes dominate 5-1

By Kathy Gierer, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus Cottonmouths goaltender Andrew Loewen lost his shutout with only 1:23 to play and forward John Sullivan took the blame.

If Sullivan did make a mistake, it was one of very few he's made lately.

Sullivan scored the first two goals of the game to lead the streaking Cottonmouths to a 5-1 victory over visiting Huntsville at the Snake Pit.

The Snakes have posted four victories in their last five games, thanks in part to the contributions of the Sullivan-Jordan Braid-Matt Gingera line. Gingera joined the club on Dec. 1 and quickly made his presence known. The Snakes have captured four home wins over the past two weekends. In those four wins, Braid, Sullivan, Gingera and defenseman Bret Tyler have chipped in 26 points.

"Jordan and I started clicking at the end of last season," Sullivan said. "Matt was the missing ingredient. We complement each other as wingers with Jordan in the middle. The chemistry has been there since his first game."

Friday night against Louisiana, it was the Jason Yuel-Levi Lind-Biff McNally line, along with defenseman Tom Maldonado that accounted for 7 points. Against the Havoc, it was the Sullivan line, which contributed a whopping 10 points.

Loewen rebounded from a disappointing road loss to Augusta on Thursday, in which he yielded five goals. He turned away everything he saw until the waning minutes when, ironically, former Cottonmouth and current SPHL referee Pete MacDougall whistled Braid for holding, giving the Havoc one last chance on the power play.

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