Strong Start Not Enough In Loss To Havoc

Quad City fell 6-3 Friday night in Huntsville to a Havoc team that hasn’t lost on home ice in regulation since 2018.

Shane Bennett got the Storm off to a strong start with his 13th goal of the season just 43 seconds into the hockey game.   Bennett burned around the Huntsville defense and sniped a shot over the shoulder of Havoc netminder Mike DeLavergne to make it 1-0.

The Storm lead held through the first period but the home team was able to score the next two for their first lead of the night.   Kyle Sharkey scored on the powerplay under two minutes into the period and with less than five minutes to go rookie Josh Bowes scored his third goal in seven games to make it 2-1. 

Peter Di Salvo did some of his best work of the night on a penalty kill in the final three minutes of the period and QC was able to survive and maintain a one goal deficit.  With time winding down Dalton Mills got found by Kristaps Nimanis for a breakaway chance he put wide of the net.  Mills was able to stick with his shot and bury the rebound to tie the game at two with just 36 seconds left.

Unfortunately the third did not go according to plan.  The Havoc scored three unanswered to build a nice cushion before Vincent Beaudry got the Storm back on the board with a late deflection.  The score came with 2:58 left and would be the final of the game for the Storm.

An ENG for Huntsville set the final score at 6-3 and gave the Havoc their 34th win of the season.  Quad City is back tomorrow night; same time, same place.   You can listen live on 107.7 Vintage Radio!

Brian Rothenberger