At the ten minute mark of the first period, Huntsville Havoc Head Coach Glenn Detulleo had to be feeling good about his team. His team had held the fast-starting Peoria Rivermen scoreless, and John Clewlow just scored to give the Havoc an early 1-0 lead. The Havoc weathered the storm and can settle into their game.
The storm arrived later than originally forecast. Rather than score their goals at the beginning of periods, the Rivermen saved their offensive outbursts for the end of the first and second frames. With 4:08 remaining in the first period, Adam Stuart, parked on the right post, banged home a loose puck to tie the game. One minute and 38 seconds later, Cody Dion abused Huntsville netminder Tyler Steel‘s water bottle and the Rivermen took a lead they would not relinquish.
The second period tilted the ice in Peoria’s favor as the Rivs tightened their hold on the game. Both the Rivs (Dion, again) and Havoc (Tyler French) would trade power play goals. However, Peoria would strike again late in the middle frame when Connor Gorman sniped the kill shot with 1:32 left on the clock.
The Rivermen would finally get an early-period goal after the second intermission. With Huntsville defenseman Justin Tateson in the box for cross-checking, Brandon Greenside blasted the double-tap shot from the left face-off dot, closing out the game’s scoring. With the result no longer in doubt, the match took on a chippy tone as both teams aired grievances and retaliated against the other. Referees Sean MacFarlane & Eric Krasnichuk doled out 18 penalty minutes in the third period, as every play stoppage seemed to devolve into scrums. Once Peoria’s 5-2 victory was finalized, the teams engaged in one last battle before leaving the ice.
The teams will travel to Huntsville today for the second game of the best-of-three series on Friday night. Should the Havoc even the series, the winner-take-all Game Three will be on Saturday night in Peoria.
The Sin Bin’s Three Stars
★ – Cody Dion (RW – Peoria)
★★ – Brandon Greenside (D – Peoria)
★★★ – Dave Pszenyczny (D – Peoria)
|7:08 – HSV – John Clewlow (Sy Nutkevitch, Christian Powers)
15:52 – PEO – Adam Stuart (Dakota Klecha, Dave Pszenyczny)
17:30 – PEO – Cody Dion (Dan Bremner, Dave Pszenyczny)
|8:33 – PEO – Cody Dion (power play) (Nick Neville, Brandon Greenside)
14:16 – HSV – Tyler French (power play) (Sy Nutkevitch, Christian Powers)
18:28 – PEO – Connor Gorman (Brandon Greenside)
|2:06 – PEO – Brandon Greenside (power play) (Alec Hagaman, Jeff Jones)|