The Pensacola Ice Flyers (18-16-7) saw a 3-2 lead through two period slip away as the Huntsville Havoc (28-10-3) tied the game in the third before winning in overtime on Saturday night inside the Propst Arena at the Von Braun Center.
The Havoc struck first when former Ice Flyer John Clewlow slid a rebound past Matt Zenzola 5:09 into the first. The Ice Flyers answered back quickly when Josh Cousineau hit Roger Tagoona with a stretch pass to put Tagoona in all alone on a breakaway and Tagoona ripped one past Tyler Steel 6:19 into the first period. Cousineau had the lost assist on the goal. Then, just 16 seconds later, Tagoona put the Ice Flyers in the lead when he skated across the blue line and fired a shot from the top of the right wing circle. Nathan Bruyere had the only assist on the goal.
The Ice Flyers stretched their lead to two goals when Jesse Stoughton backhanded the puck past Steel in his first game back after coming off of Injured Reserve. The Clarkes, Aaron and Brent, had the assists on the goal scored 8:11 into the second period. Huntsville was able to cut into the Ice Flyers’ lead and make it a one-goal game again when Tyler French batted in a rebound with just 4.9 seconds left in the second while Huntsville had an extra attacker due to a delayed penalty.
The Havoc tied the game at three when Eric Witzel redirected a Ben Kramer shot with 6:08 left in the third period. With the teams tied after 60 minutes, the game headed to a five-minute sudden death overtime period. Havoc captain Stuart Stefan scored the game winner just 37 seconds into the extra period.
Zenzola stopped 24 of the 28 shots on goal he saw from the Havoc and his record moved to 13-8-6.
The Ice Flyers return to the Pensacola Bay Center next weekend to take on the Evansville Thunderbolts on Friday, March 3, and Saturday, March 4. It’s $5 Weekend in the Hangar meaning every seat, except for Glass, is only $5. Both games are scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. puck drop. Then on Sunday, March 5, the Ice Flyers travel to take on the Macon Mayhem at 3:05 p.m. Central.
Photo courtesy of the Huntsville Havoc