PENSACOLA, Florida — The Huntsville Havoc’s underdog race toward the Southern Professional Hockey League’s President’s Cup ended one win from history.
Huntsville finished the regular season in eighth-place in the nine-team league, barely squeezing into the playoffs. But the Havoc upset top-seeded Fayetteville, then won twice on the road against Louisiana, sandwiched around a three-overtime loss in Huntsville, to advance to the finals against Pensacola.
The Havoc only managed 28 shots against the stubborn Pensacola defense.
Patrick Knowlton scored in the first period against Huntsville and Brad Cooper added a goal in the second. Huntsville goalie Jesse Kallechy faced 46 shots, again exposing one of the Havoc’s flaws. The team allowed more shots on goal than any team in the SPHL this season.
Huntsville had a pair of power-play opportunities in the second but couldn’t convert.
The Ice Flyers had won the opener of the series, 2-1, before the Havoc pulled out a 2-1 win on home ice Friday when Justin Fox scored the game-winner with 8.9 seconds remaining.