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Struggles Continue for Havoc as Roanoke Doubles-Up Huntsville 4-2

November 24, 2018 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Huntsville Havoc News Release

HUNTSVILLE - The Havoc allowed the visiting Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs to jump out to an early lead and never recovered, losing the team's sixth straight game 4-2.

"It felt like we had a better effort tonight, but it wasn't enough to get a win," said Havoc Head Coach Glenn Detulleo. "We know we have to work our way out of this slide and tonight was a step in the right direction."

The night started with a great tribute to Havoc assistant coach and former all-star defenseman Stuart Stefan, as his number 7 was retired and hung in the rafters of Propst Arena.

Roanoke (5-5-0) posted their first goal five minutes into the game when Jesse Schwartz recorded his first score of the season. The Havoc (4-6-1) once again had trouble with the penalty kill as the second Rail Yard Dawgs goal at 17:20 of the first period would be the first of two powerplay scores allowed by the home squad.

Huntsville finally broke through at 11:41 of the second when Rob Darrar redirected a shot on goal that trickled by the Dawgs keeper. The score also unleashed another downpour of generosity from the Havoc fans as they threw more than 500 stuffed animals on the ice for the team's Teddy Bear Toss supporting Toys for Tots.

The Havoc tied up the game on a powerplay goal of their own 14 seconds before the end of the period. Connor Schmidt perfectly executed a slapshot from above the right circle to tie the game headed in to the second intermission.

Roanoke took the lead four minutes into the final period on another powerplay opportunity and sealed the game with a late goal on an empty net to make it a 4-2 final.

Schmidt and Darrar each assisted the other's goal with assists on both credited to Kyle Sharkey. Havoc netminder Mike DeLaVergne saved 35 of the 38 shots he faced.

These two teams will face off once again Saturday night, Nov. 24, at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, Virginia. Puck drop is 7:05 p.m. EDT. Be sure to check the Havoc app for the best way to follow the game.

Next Home Game

The Havoc celebrate one of the greatest film franchises in movie history with Star Wars Night on Friday, Nov. 30, at the Von Braun Center. Enter the costume contest and take your picture with many of the famous characters from the films. The first 2,500 people through the gate receive toy light sabers courtesy of Matt Curtis Real Estate.

The game against the Knoxville Ice Bears starts at 7 p.m. on PharmacyFirst Ice.

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