The Huntsville Havoc are back in the President's Cup Finals for the first time since 2013, looking to capture their first championship since the 2009-10 season.
In order to do that they'll have to get through the Peoria Rivermen, who have suffered their fair share of agony in in finals. They've been swept in the championship series each of the last two seasons.
"That's a team that's been to the finals a couple years in a row and I think there's a burden of expectation and some disappointment in that locker room and you know they're going to play really desperate." said Havoc Head Coach, Glenn Detulleo. "For us it's been our goal from day one of training camp, we didn't want to just get to the finals we want to win the whole thing (so) it's great and we enjoyed the fact that we got here but today it's all business and it's not going to mean much if we don't get the job done so we're excited."
So this time around, the Havoc hope to make it three-straight and hand the Rivermen an "L" in the final weekend of the playoffs and bring the cup back to the Rocket City.
They'll definitely have their work cut out for them though. The Rivermen boast the SPHL's hottest goalie in the playoffs. In four games Tyler Parks has only allowed an average of one goal per game, helping Peoria cruise to a perfect 4-0 playoff record.
"They're a defensive team, they're a hard team to score against, they play really physical, they block a lot of shots, they want to play a lot of those tight checking game." Detulleo said. "For us, I think we're comfortable playing that way but we're probably a little bit more offensive and we want to skate with the puck a little bit more. It's kind of two different ways of playing coming to a head and I think it will make for an exciting series."
To combat Peoria's stout defense, the Havoc bring a high powered offense into the championship series. Through their six games in the playoffs, the Havoc are averaging 4.1 goals a game, boasting lines that feature three of the league's top six postseason scoring leaders.
The series begins on Wednesday night in Peoria at 7:15 p.m. CT at the Peoria Civic Center.
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