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President's Cup Finals GDT - Huntsville @ Peoria

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2018 SPHL President's Cup - Game 1

Havoc vs. Rivermen
7:15 CT Game time @ the Peoria Civic Center
SPHL Scoreboard
Pre-Game Notes
Huntsville Twitter
Live video on Neulion ($7.99)
Live audio at Peoria Mixlr

Watch Party in the Bud Light Cafe in the Von Braun Center arena lobby
FREE to attend. Food & drinks will be available for purchase. FREE parking in VBC lots
Doors open at 6:00 pm

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Finals Preview: Havoc Face Top-Ranked Peoria in Championship Battle

Peoria's Road to the Finals

While Huntsville lost the first game of the Challenge Round and semifinals, the team won the next two to take each series. Peoria, on the other hand, swept both of their series, taking out the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs and the Knoxville Ice Bears. This is Peoria's third consecutive season to advance to the SPHL finals.

During the pair of games against Knoxville, Peoria outscored the Ice Bears 10-1. In the second game, Tyler Parks stopped all 33 shots he faced, recording his first career playoff shutout. Parks is allowing an average of a single goal per game in the playoffs.

Riverman Mike Gurtler is leading the team with six points (4g, 2a) in the post-season. Brandon Rumble has five assists, four of them coming in a single game against Knoxville.

Late in the season, Peoria raked in quite a few regular season awards, including the SPHL Equipment Manager of the Year (Mark Riepe), the SPHL Coach of the Year (Jean-Guy Trudel) and SPHL Defenseman of the Year (Dave Pszenyczny). The team even has the reigning STX Player of the Month (Mason Pulde) and had two players (Pszenyczny and Alec Hagaman) voted to the First Team All-SPHL.


Huntsville and Peoria played a close regular season series. The Havoc were 3-4-1 against the Rivermen, including an overtime loss and shootout win. The three wins were consecutive games in Huntsville.

Tyler Piacentini and Christian Powers each scored five goals on the Rivermen during the series. Sy Nutkevitch had one goal and six assists against Peoria.

Peoria's Alec Hagaman (3g, 8a) and Dave Pszenycsny (1g, 10a) each put up 11 points on the Havoc in eight starts. 

Huntsville's goal keepers split time against Peoria. Keegan Asmundson was 1-4-0 with a 3.58 goal against average and .890 save percentage. Mike DeLaVergne was 2-0-1 with a 3.31 gaa and .902 save percentage.

Peoria started four different keepers against the Havoc this year. The only one still with them is Tyler Parks, who was 1-1-1 against Huntsville.

The Rivermen have the slight edge when it comes to goals scored during the season (211-203) and have allowed fewer goals than the Havoc (154-180).


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What a comeback! Looks like 3 goals in 3 minutes trumps 2 goals in 2 1/2 minutes. Congrats Havoc.

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8 hours ago, Roanokehockey said:


Now close it out!

Now wait a minute, who're you rootin' for?!  Oh, them ... :blush:

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Here is my post-game recap of the epic meltdown (or epic comeback, depending on your POV)

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Yeah, that term has kind of been ruined for posterity. Or at least until short-term memory fades.

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