BILOXI -- Dean Moore, just back from loan to the ECHL, connected on the game-winning goal late in the third period to lift the Mississippi Surge to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Huntsville Havoc.
Moore's unassisted, power play goal came at the 16:36 mark and was part of a dynamic push by the Surge to overcome a 1-0 deficit that haunted them more than two periods.
The Havoc put the pressure on early. When Surge goalie Dan Clarke denied a shot by Josh Harris, Nick Lazorko took the rebound and punched it in for a 1-0 lead.
The Surge had six penalty minutes in the first. At the end of the period, Coach Jeff Bes said the team was tired after two weekend road losses against the Louisiana IceGators, the second of which went into overtime.
Still, the Surge made a good push late in the second period and increased their opportunities, putting up 19 shots in the period. Havoc goalie Kevin Genoe, who has an 89.6 percent save percentage, made some good saves despite the pressure.
The Surge continued to apply pressure in the third period and their hard work paid off when the Surge's leading scorer, Kyle Kudroch, tied the game at 1 at the 9:45 mark. The play was set up by a pass from behind the net by Bill Baker. Dion Campbell also assisted.
The goal was Kudroch's 17th of the season and earned him a sixth consecutive game with a point.
Clarke, the reigning Easton Player of the Week, had another good game between the pipes with 27 saves.
Bes said that the team hanging on for three periods to put up 36 shots was a matter of believing in the system and carrying out the game plan.
"They guys are believing in the system, and they know that if they keep going at it, it's going to work for them. Huntsville is a really good hockey team and they came out early and put us on our heels. We had to regroup and get back to our game plan," Bes said.
Surge aid fight against cancer: Mississippi Surge fans might not recognize center Justin MacDonald since he donated his long, blonde mane to the Pink Hearts Fund following Sunday's game at the Coast Coliseum.
The donation was part of the Surge's annual Pink in the Rink fundraiser for fighting cancer. MacDonald sat atop a stool in center ice for the haircut. Still wearing his jersey after a 2-1 win, he smiled largely as his teammates gathered around and cheered him on.