LAFAYETTE, LA — The first night of SPHL dress rehearsals is in the books, and fans were treated to a flurry of action in a pair of spirited games.
In Knoxville, the Knoxville Ice Bears and Huntsville Havoc traded goals through two periods, then traded punches in a fight-filled final frame. The Havoc scored a pair of unanswered tallies in the third period to ice the Bears, 5-4. Second-year defenseman Nolan Kaiser scored a pair of goals for the victorious Havoc, while rookie Ice Bear Jake Rivera also lit the lamp twice in the loss.
The SPHL handed down a three-game suspension to Knoxville’s Adam Stuart for his role (while with the Peoria Rivermen) in the post-game fracas with officials after the Rivs Game 3 loss in the President’s Cup Final. Stuart is projected to make his Ice Bears debut on October 29th at Huntsville. The Rivermen will play a skater short for their first three games.
In the annual Cherry Blossom game, the Macon Mayhem get a solid 30 minutes from former Havoc netminder Jordan Ruby as Macon jumps out to a 5-1 lead thanks to two power-play goals against the Columbus Cottonmouths. The visiting Snakes mount a third-period comeback but fall short, dropping the friendly 5-4.
Tomorrow… Two more exhibition games:
Pensacola at Columbus – 7:30 ET
Mississippi at Huntsville – 7:00 CT
Note: The Evansville/Roanoke game listed on the SPHL website is a Pointstreak bench test, not an actual game.