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Dawgs eliminated in 3-1 loss to Havoc in Game Three

Roanoke Railroad Yard Dawgs

April 20, 2024 – SPHL (SPHL)
Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs News Release

ROANOKE, VA. – The Rail Yard Dawgs (3-3) finally lost the late-game magic they had possessed for much of the 2023-24 season on Saturday night, falling 3-1 to the Huntsville Havoc (4-1) Game Three of the 2024 President’s Cup Semifinals at Berglund Center. Dominiks Marcinkevics scored the only goal for Roanoke. The win sends the Havoc back to the President’s Cup finals for the first time since 2019, and Huntsville will face the second-seeded Peoria Rivermen in a best-of-three series.

Both teams had good chances in the first period of action, with the Dawgs recording the best two looks of the opening frame. The Havoc had two power plays in the first period while Roanoke had one, but it was Marcinkevics who pulled in a rebound on a CJ Stubbs shot that was saved to open the scoring at 13:49. Huntsville had an 11-7 shots on goal advantage, but Roanoke led at the first intermission.

Huntsville dominated the first 15 minutes of the second period, outscoring the Dawgs 8-2 during the period and pinning Roanoke in its own defensive zone. A 2-on-1 for the Havoc allowed Benito Posa to knock home a rebound after Doug Elgstam’s shot was saved to tie the game at 1-1 at the 4:25 mark. The Dawgs responded when they got their second power play of the night at 4:09 and had the final eight shots on goal of the period. But the Havoc kept Roanoke’s offense out of the net and the score was still tied after 40 minutes.

Roanoke had the best looks in the first few minutes of the third period, but Huntsville answered with some high-quality chances of their own. Ironically, it was a centering pass from Phil Elgstam that was deflected in the low slot and punched in by Roanoke’s own skater at 8:06, giving the Havoc a 2-1 lead. Huntsville player Dylan Stewart was credited with the goal. The Dawgs would empty their net in the closing minutes and had a few close chances, but Huntsville would close out the game at 18:54 on Brett Humberstone’s empty net goal. The Havoc’s 3-1 victory prevented Roanoke from returning to the President’s Cup finals for the third year in a row, as the Dawgs are now eliminated.

Austyn Roudebush stopped 24 of 26 shots for Roanoke, while Mike Robinson stopped 25 of 26 shots on net for Huntsville. Both teams went 0-for-2 on the power play.

The Rail Yard Dawgs would like to thank all our fans and sponsors for their continued support during the 2023-2024 season, and we hope to see you in the fall. Season tickets for the 2024-2025 campaign are now on sale by contacting the Rail Yard Dawgs office. More information can be found here. The 2024 President’s Cup Playoffs for the Dawgs are sponsored by Haley Toyota.

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