Huntsville, Ala. - The Columbus Cottonmouths relied on the sparkling performance of Ian Vigier in net to grab a 3-1 win against the Huntsville Havoc.
Huntsville's power play was ineffective against Columbus' penalty kill, which allowed zero goals while shorthanded.
The Cottonmouths were led by Sam Bowles, who registered one goal. Bowles scored 5:25 into the third period to make the score 2-1 Columbus. Mark Thorburn picked up the assist.
The Columbus penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled nine minors and two majors for 38 minutes in penalty time. The Cottonmouths surpassed its season average of 20.0 penalty minutes per game. Columbus' penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on six Huntsville power plays. The 31 shots that the Cottonmouths put on net surpassed Columbus' average of 22.3 shots per game this season.
Columbus additionally got points from Thorburn, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Columbus also got a goal from Derek Pallardy as well. Other players who recorded assists for Columbus were Kevin Kessler, who had one and Jordan Braid and Matt Gingera, who contributed two a piece.
The Havoc racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with nine minors and three majors for 63 minutes in penalty time. Huntsville had been averaging 27.0 minutes in penalties per game. The Havoc stifled the Cottonmouths' power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. With 30 shots on target during the contest, Huntsville exceeded the 20.4 shots it averages per game this year.
The Havoc were led by Anthony Battaglia, who scored the team's only goal. Battaglia scored 16:05 into the second period to make the score 1-1. Kyle Laughlin provided the assist.
Columbus' Vigier stopped 29 shots out of the 30 that he faced. The Cottonmouths registered zero goals on seven power play opportunities. Dan McWhinney rejected 28 shots on goal for Huntsville. For the Havoc, Corey Fulton was ejected from the game.
Courtesy Huntsville Havoc Media Relations