Storm Grind Back, Earn Point, Fall In SO 3-2

The Quad City Storm battled back after falling down 2-0 in the first three minutes of the game on Saturday night to earn a single point in a shootout loss versus the Huntsville Havoc.

 

The game was delayed an hour due to ice damage that occurred after a show at the TaxSlayer Center earlier this week.  The arena’s ice crew did a phenomenal job to nurse the ice back to playability and the game was able to go on.

 

Huntsville jumped out of the gate and was able to take advantage of the Storm who didn’t start the game with matching intensity.  John Schiavo scored his first goal for the Havoc in just his second game with the team to make it 1-0 57-seconds in.  Ryan Salkeld made it 2-0 at 17:27 of the first.

 

The game hung in the balance in the first five minutes.  Quad City responded to the second Havoc goal and matched or outplayed their opponent for most of the night.

 

Period one ended 2-0 and Joe Mckeown got the home team on the board with a laser over the right shoulder of Huntsville goaltender Max Milosek six-minutes into the second.  Eric Levine turned out another stellar performance totaling 47-saves on 49-shots through three periods and did some of his finest work in the back half of period two.

 

John Scully tied the game with his first career SPHL goal.  After the tally, which came on the power play, the Storm and Havoc went back and forth exchanging chances and zone time.

 

The game stayed knotted all the way to the shootout which the Havoc won 1-0.

 

The Storm hit the road this week to take on the Peoria Rivermen in the #ColdWarOn74 Thursday and Friday and to meet the Knoxville Ice Bears Saturday night.  Track the Storm on your home for Quad City Storm hockey 107.7 Vintage Radio.

Brian Rothenberger