Columbia, GA – Ian Boots scored with :55 left in the overtime period giving the Huntsville Havoc a 2-1 win over the Columbus Cottonmouths Saturday night.
Boots had a great game for Huntsville, netting two goals.
Columbus was stymied by the Havoc netminder Dan McWhinney, who stopped 29 shots during the victory. McWhinney managed to improve on his goals against average, which stood at 2.79 prior to the game.
Huntsville’s penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on three Columbus power plays. The Havoc relied on a core group of players for most of their offense, as Kyle Laughlin, Stuart Stefan and Colin Reddin took 20 of the team’s 36 shots.
More assists for Huntsville came via Aaron McGill and Brett Liscomb, who each chipped in one.
With 30 shots on target during the contest, the Cottonmouths exceeded the 25.3 shots they average per game this year.
Columbus was led by Levi Lind, who scored the team’s only goal. Lind scored 3:48 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Columbus. Bret Tyler provided the assist.
Huntsville incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors. The Cottonmouths’ Ian Vigier stopped 34 shots out of the 36 that he faced. Columbus incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.
It was the first win for the Havoc over Columbus since January 28, 2011, a streak that spanned 14 games. The Havoc played with only 11 skaters as Chapen LeBlond, Bill Baker, Matt Smyth and Corey Fulton were all suspended and Cody Crichton was out with a lower body injury. Head Coach Glenn Detulleo was also serving a suspension so Assistant Coach Jordan Little was in charge on the bench.
The Havoc head into the new year winning five of their last six games.
Courtesy Huntsville Havoc Media Relations