Havoc fall short in SPHL championship gamePublished 8:16pm Monday, April 15, 2013
By Aldo Amato
HUNTSVILLE — The Huntsville Havoc’s roller coaster of a season came to an end April 14 losing 2-0 to the Pensacola Ice Flyers in the SPHL Championship in Pensacola.
The team that would not quit finished the regular season in eighth place in the SPHL and after an upset of Fayetteville, the team carried their momentum all the way to the finals. Havoc players and coaches said that there was only one way to describe the season.
“It was definitely a emotional roller coaster and it kind of came together at the end for us,” team captain Sam Cannata said. “We started off having highs and lows but really had a spark going into the playoffs.”
Havoc head coach Glenn Detulleo agreed.
“Obviously it was a bit of a roller coaster, especially at the beginning,” he said. “We lost players to injuries and call-ups, but we had a strong showing in the playoffs.We kind of put ourselves in a big hole at the start. If you look at our first 15-20 teams, we came out so slow.”
But it was a fight between the Havoc and the Mississippi Surge in December of 2012 that went viral that may have turned the season around.
Cannata said that momentum took them all the way to the finals.
“After that we never gave up and had this resiliency,” he said. “Towards the end of the year, no matter what happened, we decided we were going to keep playing.”
Despite falling in the finals, both Detulleo and Cannata said the team improved greatly from last year.
“I think this season we put more of an entertaining product on the ice,” Detulleo said. “We had a lot of intensity and physical play and we were just a more exciting team to watch. We have the best fans in the SPHL and I think the guys who will return in October will be highly motivated and keep the fire in their belly during the summer.”