Havoc Roll over the Marksmen 8-2
FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA - The Huntsville Havoc squared off against the Fayetteville Marksmen for the first time this season on Friday night.
The boys from the Rocket City opened the game with six unanswered goals and cruised to an 8-2 win over Fayetteville.
The final is the most goals Huntsville has scored in a single game this year.
Sy Nutkevtich helped get things started with a beauty of a cross-ice pass to set up Tyler Piacentini for the opening score of the game just 2:31 in to the contest. The assist also put Nutkevitch over the 50-point mark for the third straight year.
Just before the 9-minute mark of the opening period, Rob Darrar scored on an open net to double the lead and it would remain 2-0 heading in to the first intermission.
Piacentini returned the favor for Nutkevitch 8:19 in to the middle frame, as Sy made it 3 for the Havoc to open the floodgates. Fresh off his senior season with Endicott College, Huntsville's newest acquisition Josh Bowes notched his first professional goal at 12:37 into the second. It was followed 30 seconds later by Ryan Salkeld's league-leading 24th goal of the season, giving the Havoc a 5-0 lead and forcing a change of goalie by the Marksmen.
John Schiavo, who played for Fayetteville last season, continued the onslaught four minutes later with his own tally. Fayetteville finally got on the board with five seconds left in the second period, making it a 6-1 game heading in to the intermission.
The Marksmen made it back-to-back goals by scoring 4:20 in to the third, but Huntsville continued to pour on the pressure with two powerplay goals the rest of the way. Bowes and Schiavo each scored their second of the night and the Havoc came away with a dominating 8-2 win.
Huntsville scored two powerplay goals on seven opportunities while Fayetteville only had one chance with the extra attacker and could not capitalize. Things got very chippy on the home team side in the third period as the Marksmen finished the game with 40 penalty minutes on 12 infractions, most of those in the final 20 minutes.
Havoc keeper Max Milosek got the win, saving 29 of 31 shots.
The Havoc continue their three-in-three weekend by traveling to Knoxville to take on the Ice Bears. They face off Saturday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. CT, followed by a Sunday matinee on March 24 with a 2:30 p.m. CT puck drop.
The final stretch of games continues next Tuesday, March 26, as the Havoc are back home for the rest of the season. They host the Pensacola Ice Flyers for Taco Tuesday. Fans can enjoy $5 Margaritas and two tacos for $2. The puck drops at 7 p.m. on Pharmacy First Ice at the Von Braun Center.
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