MACON, Ga. – With 4:02 left in the second period on Thursday night, Huntsville found itself not only down by a goal, but also little more than 24 total minutes away from falling behind 1-0 in the SPHL President’s Cup Semifinals.
The Havoc cranked up the heat from there, and the effort paid off. The intense pressure resulted in a pair of Tyler Piacentini goals, one to tie the game at 2-2 and the final one 7:24 into overtime for the game-winner and 1-0 series lead as he took full advantage of a misplayed pass by Knoxville on the unassisted goal.
Huntsville’s rally came after Scott Cuthrell’s second goal of the game was good for a 2-1 Knoxville lead at the 15:58 point of the second period. Intense pressure on Knoxville goalie Hayden Stewart followed. In the third period and overtime, the Havoc held a 30-6 shots on goal edge. It was enough the sneak a pair of goals past Stewart, who proved tough to crack on Thursday, saving 53 of 57 shots. His Huntsville counterpart, Max Milosek, stopped 32 of 34 shots.
After a physical and back and forth first period, both teams found the net in the second period. Trevor Gerling’s tally just 3:26 into the second was the games first goal before Cuthrell’s unassisted goal 14:14 into the second frame tied things.
Cuthrell’s second score, less than two minutes later moved the Ice Bears out front before the Havoc bounced back to go on to claim the series lead.
Game two is on Saturday night in Knoxville with puck drop set for 7:35 pm.