Columbus, GA. - In a game where neither team could get a cushion, the Columbus Cottonmouths escaped with a 4-2 victory over the Huntsville Havoc.
Neither team gained more than a two-goal lead, andJordan Draper's goal in the third period proved to be the difference maker.
The win by Columbus clinched the best of three series at 2-0.
The Cottonmouths were led by Draper, who finished with one goal and one assist. Draper scored 11:43 into the third period to make the score 3-2 Columbus. Matt Gingera assisted on the tally.
Columbus forced Huntsville goalie Kevin Genoe to work between the pipes, taking 55 shots. The defensemen of the Cottonmouths were also effective in the Havoc's zone, and came away with two goals.
Columbus also got points from Gingera, who also racked up one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. Others who scored for Columbus included Kyle Johnson and Mike Switzer, who each put in one. More assists for Columbus came via Tom Maldonado and Shayne Stockton, who each chipped in one.
Huntsville's penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on five Columbus power plays. The Havoc kept Columbus' goalie busy throughout the game, and Andrew Loewen made 29 saves on 31 shots.
Huntsville was led by Stuart Stefan, who registered one goal and one assist. Stefan scored 5:39 into the third period to make the score 2-2. Dominic Osman picked up the assist. Leland Fidler also scored for Huntsville. In addition, Huntsville received assists from Nick Lazorko and Mike Gurtler, who contributed one each.
The Cottonmouths incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors. Kevin Genoe made 51 saves for the Havoc on 54 shots. Huntsville incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors.
Courtesy: Havoc Media