ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – The Havoc made the long trek to Virginia to take on the Rail Yard Dawgs this weekend.
Game one on Friday night went to the home team as Roanoke scored twice in the last six minutes of the third period to beat Huntsville 5 to 3.
“We put ourselves in a good situation with a strong first period,” said Havoc Head Coach Glenn Detulleo. “Unfortunately, we got outplayed in the second which ultimately cost us the game. As we get deeper in to the season, you have to compete for the entire 60 minutes to have any hopes of winning games.”
Huntsville has now lost three straight.
Roanoke (19-16-3) jumped on top early, scoring 2:22 in to the game, but Huntsville’s Tyler Piacentini helped the visitors recover two minutes later by tying the game. Midway through the period, the Havoc (23-13-2) capitalized on a powerplay opportunity when John Schiavoscored to give them the 2-1 lead going into intermission.
Roanoke came out firing in the second period by shutting out Huntsville while scoring a pair of goals and re-taking the lead.
The Havoc would not go quietly as Sy Nutkevitch tied the game again with a beauty of a score at 9:11 in to the third period. However, the home team put Huntsville on the ropes with a score inside of six minutes and sealed the win with an empty net to account for the 5-3 final.
Huntsville outshot the Dawgs 37 to 31 and keeper Max Milosek recorded 26 saves.
Earlier this season on Thanksgiving weekend, these teams split a pair of games at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. Now they play their final meeting of the regular season on Saturday, February 16, at the Berglund Center in Roanoke. The puck drops at 6:05 p.m. CST.
Article Credit: Huntsville Havoc