HUNTSVILLE, AL – Following a close-call road win in Knoxville last night, the Marksmen embarked on a late night trip down to the Rocket City for a 3 P.M. local time game against the defending-champion Huntsville Havoc. After dropping their two contests against the Havoc in overtime at home earlier in the season, the Marksmen would look to turn their fortune around against the Havoc, and keep their winning ways going.
The first period would be a slow moving one, as both teams would have trouble playing consistent stretches of hockey. When play finally started becoming more consistent, it would be the defense that would see the brunt of the work, as quality scoring opportunities would come few and far between. An early fight from one of the newer Marksmen, Stathis Soumelidis, and Baxter Kanter would provide the most excitement of the period, as both would be taken off for their majors. Outside of that infraction, there would be just one power play offered up, and it would go in favor of the Havoc. A few one-timer opportunities would not find their way through for the Havoc, and Tim Kielich would race up the ice for a saved shorthanded attempt. The period would end with neither team finding themselves on the scoresheet, with the Havoc leading in shots 8-4.
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