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Week Seven in Review

The Huntsville Havoc took four points over the weekend and moved into sole possession of first place with 25 points. The Havoc won 4-3 in a shootout in Jacksonville on Friday night before returning home and beating the Columbus Cottonmouths 4-1 on Saturday night. The Havoc collected 942 toys for the U.S. Marine Corps "Toys for Tot's" Campaign on Saturday.

Friday, December 8 - Huntsville 4, Jacksonville 3, SO
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Matt Carmichael stopped all four shots he faced in the shootout as Mike O'Sullivan scored giving the Huntsville Havoc a 4-3 win. Both teams scored one goal each in all three periods as Ryan Webb and O'Sullivan scored in period one. Andre Niec for the Barracudas and James Patterson for the Havoc scored in the second period. Jacksonville took a 3-2 lead in the third before Luke Phillips tied the score a 3-3 with 10:01 left. Both teams had seven powerplays as Huntsville scored on one and held Jacksonville scoreless. Matt Carmichael made 43 saves in the win.

Saturday, December 9 - Columbus 1, Huntsville 4
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Bill Monkman recorded a hat-trick as the Huntsville Havoc grabbed sole possession of first place with a 4-1 win over the Columbus Cottonmouths Saturday night in front of 4,073 fans. Jason deGuehery also scored his first goal of the season in the second period on the powerplay. The only Columbus goal came with 9:12 left in the gmae when Craig Stahl found the back of the net. Matt Carmichael made 26 saves in the win. Chad Rycroft made 30 in the loss. Huntsville was 2-9 on the powerplay while Columbus was 0-8.

Three Stars of the Week
#1 - Bill Monkmnan, RW - 3 goals, 1 assist
#2 - James Patterson, LW - 1 goal, 4 assists
#3 - Mike O'Sullivan, RW - 2 goals

Games this Week
Thursday, December 14 - Knoxville Ice Bears - 7:30
Friday, December 15 - Knoxville Ice Bears - 7:30
Saturday, December 16 - at Columbus Cottonmouths - 6:30

Promotions this Week
Thursday, December 14 - Bill Penney Toyota/Mitsubishi Presents "Hockey Night in Huntsville" - Fans can enjoy $2.00 beers and $1.00 hot dogs and sodas.
Friday, December 15 - "Trading Card Night" - The third set of Havoc trading cards featuring Tristan Senior, Bill Monkman and Matt Carmichael will be given away to the first 2,00 fans courtesy of Qboda Mexican Grill, Colonial Graphics Group, WAAY-TV and Rocket 95.1

Apperances this Week
Wednesday, December 6, 11:45 am - The Havoc will make an appearance on WAAY-TV during the news with Christy Douglas.

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FireAntz Sweep Weekend Road Set

The Fayetteville FireAntz of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) took to the road this weekend and played I-95 rivals, the Pee Dee Cyclones and the Richmond Renegades, on Friday and Saturday. The club was looking to improve upon its 1-4-1 road record.

Friday, December 9th (at Pee Dee): The FireAntz, once again, took to the road to battle the Pee Dee Cyclones. It would be the 5th of 11 contests between the two clubs. The FireAntz led the season series 3-0-1 although each contest was decided by just one goal.

The FireAntz fell behind in the 1st period, as they allowed the first goal of the game while on the road, for the 6th time in seven road contests on a goal Allan Sirois at 15:51.

Fayetteville came out strong in the 2nd period on tallies by B.J. Stephens (2), Josh Welter and Tim Velemirovich. Sirois notched his second of contest for the Cyclones.

Leading 4-2, David Mullins netted a power play goal to provide a three-goal cushion. It would also turn out to be the game-winner as Chris Crombie and Daryl Moore scored. The FireAntz held on to win 5-4.

Pee Dee outshot the FireAntz 41-30.

FireAntz 7-6-2 on the season. (4-0-1 vs. Pee Dee)

Saturday, December 9th (at Richmond): For the second time this season, the FireAntz played in Richmond the night following a win in Pee Dee. On this night, however, the results would be different.

Richmond took a 3-0 lead after one period of play on goals JJ Wrobel (2) and Brett Cross. They outshot the FireAntz 16-9 in the frame.

Once again, the second period was the key for an offensive turnaround for the FireAntz as David Mullins, Josh Tataryn, Josh Welter and Marc Norrington all had power play tallies. Wrobel completed his hat trick for the Renegades and the game was tied at four going into the third period.

In a very chippy third frame, the Renegades had 11 penalties, totaling 51 minutes. The FireAntz netted three goals, two on the power play (Nick Kormanyos 2, Adam Meyer 1), and the FireAntz roared back to win 7-4. The FireAntz were 6 for 17 on the power play and Richmond was 1 for 6.

The FireAntz outshot Richmond 48-28.

FireAntz 8-6-2 on the season. (1-3-0 vs. Richmond)

3 Stars of the Weekend:

David Mullins: 2G, 4A, 6 points,1 GWG

B.J. Stephens: 2G, 4A, 6 points

Nick Kormanyos: 2G, 1 GWG

Recent Transactions:

- 12/5 F Chris Ferguson suspended 2 games

- 12/8 F Jarrett Robertson recalled to Columbia (ECHL)

- 12/8 D David Mullins signed to a contract

Noteworthy:

F B.J. Stephens (10, 15) and F Josh Welter (8, 16) are 4th and T-5th respectively among scoring leaders in the SPHL.

D Dylan Row has regained the scoring lead amongst defensemen with 8G, 10A

The FireAntz remain the top scoring team in the SPHL (77 goals)

Upcoming:

The FireAntz remain on the road this upcoming weekend, with two games in Kissimmee, Florida, as they take on the Florida Seals. The club's next home games are December 22nd and 23rd. Great seats remain for both games. Call the FireAntz office at (910) 321-0123 for more information.
 

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Carmichael, Baraniuk to suit up for Ice Pilots

HUNTSVILLE, AL - Huntsville Havoc goaltender, Matt Carmichael, and defenseman, Jesse Baraniuk, will play for the Pensacola Ice Pilots of the ECHL tonight when they host the Charlotte Checkers.

Carmichael had a 1-1 mark in two starts last year for the Ice Pilots. This season with the Havoc, Carmichael has a record of 10-4-0 and a 2.97 GAA and a save percentage of .915. Baraniuk has four goals and nine assists for 13 points in 17 games.

Both players are expected back in Huntsville for the Havoc games this weekend against Knoxville on Thursday and Friday and at Columbus on Saturday.
 

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Collins recalled to Cincinnati

[FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.] - The Fayetteville FireAntz of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) announced today that goaltender Chad Collins has been recalled to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). He is the third player called up from the club this season joining forwards Bryan Dobek and Jarrett Robertson.

Collins, a 5'8'', 160 pound goaltender from Guelph, Ontario leaves the FireAntz as the franchise all-time leader amongst goaltenders in victories (40), shutouts (6), and games played (70). He was also the 2004-05 SPHL Rookie of the Year, Goalie of the Year, and 1st team all-star.

The Cyclones play four games in the next five nights and three consecutive games next week. Collins is expected to return the following week.

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Seals Go Big For Second Consecutive Win

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Now this is the Florida Seals team that everyone has been waiting for.

Led by the two goal performance of Scott Corbett and another near shutout by Matt Balser in net, the Seals extended their winning streak to two games with a 9-1 victory over the Jacksonville Barracudas at the Silver Spurs Arena Tuesday night.

"It's nice. It's very comfortable. The guys have made me feel like one of the team right away," Corbett said. "It's nice to come into a situation where you can help out and I've been very fortunate so far."

Coming off a huge victory Saturday in Knoxville Tennessee, the Seals were feeling much better about themselves. They were pressing the action from the opening face-off and it finally paid off 4:49 in when Chad Haacke tipped in a Ryan Coghlan shot from the slot. Two minutes later, Justin Keller made a slick cross crease pass to Corbett who beat Cudas goalie Corey Wogtech cleanly.

Florida wasn't done. Two minutes after Corbett's tally, Steve Zoryk and Rob Sich broke in two-on-one with Zoryk whipping a wrist shot past Wogtech. Matt Meacham replaced Wogtech in net for Jacksonville but he fared no better. Late in the period, Phil Gianfrancesco was sent in alone and he drove a shot that Meacham couldn't completely control and watched it trickle home. Less than a minute later, Coghlan cashed in on a power play chance to give Florida an astounding 5-0 lead.

"It's been a long time coming. The boys have been working really hard lately," Zoryk said. "We had a great game tonight."

The barrage continued in the second. During an early penalty kill, Zoryk sent Tim Vitek in alone. Vitek made one fake and went high over Wogtech's stick shoulder. Two minutes after that score, Keller made fed Dan Pszenyczny from behind the net. Pszenyczny beat Wogtech to make the score Florida 7 Jacksonville 0. Corbett's second of the night came on a power play break away at the 6:42 mark of the stanza and was followed at 9:48 by Keller who turned a broken play into a 9-0 Seals lead.

All that was left was to try to get Balser the shutout. Jacksonville came out with nothing to lose and put an amazing 24 shots on net in the final period. Balser made several big saves, none better than a series of three or four during a Barracudas man advantage. The visitors finally spoiled the whitewash with 3:10 remaining when Jeff Angelidis beat Balser.

"The boys played great tonight. They made it easy for me to see all the shots," Balser who made 44 saves in the game, said. "The boys are making it easy for me to play."

The Seals have the next couple of days off before returning to the ice on Friday at the Silver Spurs Arena when the Fayetteville FireAntz make their first visit.
 
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