Weekend Preview: Havoc Host Ice Flyers for Weekend Series
HUNTSVILLE - After last weekend's road trip, the Huntsville Havoc (14-10-1) are gearing up to take on the Pensacola Ice Flyers (7-16-2) for two home games on PharmacyFirst Ice.
This past weekend, the Havoc played three consecutive games on the road, returning to the Rocket City with one win and a pair of losses.
Friday vs. Peoria
The Havoc started the road trip visiting the Peoria Rivermen.
Huntsville's Rob Darrar scored an unassisted goal two minutes into the second period to start the scoring for either side, but as soon as the Havoc took the lead, the Rivermen started to heat up, scoring two goals five minutes apart. Less than a minute later, Stephen Hrehoriak tied the game, quickly followed by a Trevor Gerling power play score to allow Huntsville to retake the lead.
The Rivermen came back to score two goals against Huntsville late in the period, and the Havoc could not recover. The Rivermen defeated the Havoc 4-3 and outshot them 30-23.
Saturday vs. Quad City
While Friday night's game didn't result in a win, the Havoc played a strong game and outscored the Storm 7-2 on Saturday. The Havoc got on the board quickly and scored two goals in the first two minutes of the game. Havoc Pat Condon scored the first goal of the game and Rob Darrar slipped in another goal just a minute later. Toward the end of the first, Scott Trask redirected a shot for his first goal of the season and the period ended with the Havoc up 3-0.
In the second period, the Storm put a pair of goals on the board, but Ryan Salkeld scored a shorthanded goal and the Havoc kept their two-goal lead.
During the third period, the Storm remained scoreless and the Havoc scored three goals. Kyle Sharkey scored early in the period, followed by a power play goal from Hrehoriak, and Peter Sikalis wrapped up the scoring frenzy with a goal of his own. Despite the Havoc's 7-2 win, Quad City outshot the Havoc 45-32.
Sunday vs. Peoria
The Havoc had trouble playing the Rivermen once again and the Havoc were shutout 3-0 on Sunday afternoon. The Rivermen got a lead in the game a little over six minutes into the game.
In the third, the Rivermen put another goal on the board halfway through the period. With the Havoc scoreless and down two goals, coaches pulled the goalie. Despite the Havoc's efforts, the Rivermen scored a final empty-netter which resulted in a 3-0 loss for the Havoc.
Scouting the Ice Flyers
The last time the Havoc played the Pensacola Ice Flyers was Dec. 27 in the Ice Flyer's territory. The Havoc defeated Pensacola 2-1. Huntsville is 4-0-1 against the Ice Flyers this season.
The Ice Flyers currently sit ninth in the SPHL standings, while the Havoc reside at fourth place. The Ice Flyers are 2-3-0 their last five games, including one loss against the Havoc, a pair of wins against Birmingham and a pair of losses against Fayetteville.
By the numbers
Rookie Rob Darrar has climbed to sixth in the league for top goal scoring rookies. During last weekend's games, Darrar had a goal and an assist during Friday's game against Peoria and another goal and assist against Quad City. Darrar is fourth on the Havoc in points (16) and second in goals (8).
Ryan Salkeld has been consistently strong this season and picked up four points this weekend. He had an assist during Friday's game, and a goal and two assists on Saturday. He currently is tied for fourth in the league for the most goals (12).
On Friday, Jan. 11, fans can come dressed as their favorite superhero and compete in a costume contest for prizes from the Havoc and Best Buy. Saturday night is Youth Jersey Night with free replica jerseys for the first 1,200 kids for the ages of 12 and under. The puck drops both nights at 7:00 p.m.
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