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COLUMBUS, GA – Undaunted by a four-goal deficit, the Columbus Cottonmouths battled back to claim a 6-5 victory over the Huntsville Havoc last Friday night at the Columbus Civic Center.
Columbus never led in the game until netting the game winner. The Cottonmouths trailed 4-0 after a goal by Huntsville’s Brandon Perry at 13:50 in the first period. Columbus tied things up at 5-5 on a goal by Jordan Draper at 17:34 in the third period. The Cottonmouths got the game winner on the power play at 19:16 in the third period on a goal by Levi Lind.
Columbus got the win thanks to a great game by Tory Allan, who had two goals and two assists. Allan scored the first of his two goals at 2:27 into the second period to make the score 4-2 Huntsville. Ian McNulty assisted on the tally. Allan’s next tally made the score 4-4 with 4:47 left in the second period. A cross checking penalty on Scott Harff had put the Cottonmouths on the power play. Lind picked up the assist.
Columbus put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow the Havoc to score on any of their seven power plays. The Cottonmouths surpassed their usual scoring output this season. Columbus has scored at the pace of 3.3 goals per game during the current campaign. The 32 shots that the Cottonmouths put on net surpassed Columbus’ average of 27.3 shots per game this season.
Columbus additionally got points from Lind, who also had two goals and one assist. In addition, Columbus received assists from Tom Maldonado, who had two and Matt Gingera and Dan Bremner, who each chipped in one.
Huntsville struggled on the penalty kill, allowing the Cottonmouths to score three power play goals on five chances. With 35 shots on target during the contest, the Havoc exceeded the 31.7 shots they average per game this year.
Huntsville also got points from Justin Fox, who also finished with one goal and one assist and Mike Gurtler, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Huntsville also got a goal from Josh Harris as well. Other players who recorded assists for Huntsville were Sam Cannata, Corey Bellamy, and Matt Singleton, who contributed one apiece.
Columbus’ Travis Bosch stopped 30 shots out of the 35 that he faced. The Cottonmouths incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with eight minors. Jesse Kallechy made 26 saves for Huntsville on 32 shots. The Havoc incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors.