Huntsville, Ala. - Mississippi RiverKings tried to dig itself out of a three-goal hole, but the Huntsville Havoc held on for a 5-3 victory.
The win by the Havoc clinched the best of three series at 2-1.
Huntsville forced Mississippi RiverKings’ netminders to work in net, taking 33 shots and forcing 28 saves. Dan McWhinney made 16 stops and Matthew Krahn made 12. The Havoc’s penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on five Mississippi RiverKings power plays.
Huntsville was led by Eric Alexander, who finished with two goals. Alexander scored the first of his two goals at 13:28 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Huntsville. Alexander’s next tally made the score 4-1 Huntsville with 13:00 left in the second period. Josh Harris picked up the assist. Huntsville additionally got points from Dominic Osman, who also registered one goal and one assist.Ray Ortiz also scored for Huntsville. In addition, Huntsville received assists from Justin Cseter, who had two and Rob Florentino and Nick Lazorko, who each chipped in one.
Mississippi RiverKings’ defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in two goals.
Mississippi RiverKings was led by Todd Hosmer, who grabbed one goal and two assists. Hosmer scored 5:06 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Huntsville. Grace provided the assist. Mississippi RiverKings also got points from Grace, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Mississippi RiverKings also got a goal from Daniel Sobotka as well. Other players who recorded assists for Mississippi RiverKings were Leo Thomas and Matt Whitehead, who contributed one each.
The Havoc’s Jesse Kallechy stopped 25 shots out of the 28 that he faced. Huntsville incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Mississippi RiverKings incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors.
Courtesy: Havoc Media Relations