April 22, 2017 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Huntsville Havoc
HUNTSVILLE, AL- The Havoc send the second-round series to a deciding game three with a thrilling 4-3 victory.
In the first period, Huntsville saw the game's first goal for the second straight contest against Peoria when Christian Powers found a loose puck in front.
Huntsville saw a fortuitous bounce off the boards that kicked off the skate of the Rivermen goaltender and bounced right out in front for Powers at 4:57.
Then later in the period, the Havoc saw themselves on another powerplay and threatening in the offensive zone. Eddie Nolan's shot from the point bounced off a leg in front with Scott Fellnermayr feeding it to Michael Piluso. The Maple Ridge, B.C. native then walked in and fired home his first of the postseason at 19:42. But in the second, back and forth action ensued with the Rivermen scoring in the final minute of the frame.
With Huntsville looking to close out the game in the third, Peoria thought differently. The Rivermen scored two just over four minutes apart from each other to take their first and only lead of the night.
But the Havoc were not backing down and remained poised in the offensive zone. With 55 seconds left in regulation and Tyler Steel on the bench for the extra attacker, Justin Tateson ripped his second of the postseason to tie the game at three.
In the overtime, both teams saw chances up and down the ice; including a John Clewlow breakaway opportunity. With the Brampton, Ont. native nearly missing a goal, the Havoc continued to chip the puck in deep. Later in the first overtime, Steven Phee poked the puck in deep and chased after it. With the Balzac, Alta. native working the puck out of the end-wall, Phee popped out on his backhand to throw it through the five-hole for the 4-3 victory.
With the win, Huntsville forces a game three against the Peoria Rivermen with an opportunity to head to the SPHL Finals against the Macon Mayhem.
Memorable Moments With the win, the Havoc remain unbeaten at 17-0 when leading after two lifetime in the postseason.
Huntsville also improved their record to 9-5-3 in elimination games.
Huntsville scored first in each of the first two contests against the Peoria and four of the five playoff contests this season.
The Havoc improved to 4-1-1 when playing at home on a Friday evening.
Huntsville, who finished the night with two powerplay goals, now have man-advantage goals in three of first five playoff games.
Sy Nutkevitch has assists in each of his last two with points in three straight and four of the first five playoff games this season. Meanwhile, Christian Powers now has points in three straight.
Next Game The Havoc will take on the Peoria Rivermen in the deciding game three on Saturday with puckdrop scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Catch the action on SPHL Live and mixlr.com/HuntsvilleHavoc.
New Havoc App
Stay up to date on the latest news and notes on the Huntsville Havoc by downloading the new Havoc
app for iOS or Android
. Begin earning Havoc Rewards points for unforgettable in-game
experiences and great swag now by submitting the code 'havocapp' in the 'My Rewards' section.
Images from this story
: the Havoc Force Game Three with a Thrilling 4-3 Overtime VIctory