Huntsville, Ala. - The game between the Huntsville Havoc and the Fayetteville FireAntz was tight through all 60 minutes, but in the end Huntsville emerged with a 3-2 win.
No lead was more than one goal during the contest, and the winning goal was scored by Matt Smyth at 8:34 of the third period.
Fayetteville's power play was ineffective against the Havoc's penalty kill, which allowed zero goals while shorthanded.
Huntsville was paced by Smyth, who finished with one goal.
The Havoc excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in seven chances. Huntsville could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 21 minutes in penalties during the game.
Ryan Maunu also scored for Huntsville. More assists for Huntsville came via Colin Reddin, who had two and Stuart Stefan, Ray Ortiz, Shane Hart, and Bill Baker, who contributed one a piece.
The FireAntz forced their penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up seven minors and two majors for 34 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 19.0 minutes per game Fayetteville had been spending in the box. The FireAntz put 45 shots on net during the contest, more than the 35.2 they average per game.
Fayetteville was helped by Justin Faryna, who tallied one goal. Faryna scored 7:51 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Fayetteville. Josh McQuade provided the assist. Fayetteville also got points from McQuade, who also racked up one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Other players who recorded assists for Fayetteville were Brandon Richardson, Kyle Frieday, and Tristin Llewellyn, who each chipped in one.
The Havoc's Dan McWhinney stopped 43 shots out of the 45 that he faced. Huntsville registered one goal on seven power play opportunities. Marco Emond rejected 19 shots on goal for the FireAntz.
Courtesy Huntsville Havoc Media Relations