The Birmingham Bulls lost at home 4-0 Friday night to the Huntsville Havoc.
Smothering defense from the Havoc (4-2-0) supported strong play from goalkeeper Mike DeLaVergne, who made 26 saves on the night.
“Mike definitely earned his first professional shutout. We had a good combination of timely scoring and big saves,” Havoc head coach Glenn Detulleo said.
On Friday, the two Alabama teams set the tone early for what could evolve into a great SPHL in-state rivalry. Birmingham’s Alexander Taulien and Huntsville’s Scott Trask were booked for fighting just two minutes into the game.
Huntsville got on the board first when Danny Smith scored his second goal of the season on a sharp assist from Sy Nutkevitch at 8:41 of the first period.
Christian Powers put the Havoc up by two less than 30 seconds into the second period when he scored an unassisted goal. Nutkevitch got in on the action exactly halfway through the middle framing when he took a feed from Kyle Sharkey and put it in the back of the net to put Huntsville up 3-0.
Nolan Kaiser finished the scoring for the Havoc 15 seconds into a powerplay late in the game. Shawn Bates, in his second game with the team after starting the season on IR, got his first point of the year with an assist on Kaiser’s goal.
The Birmingham Bulls play Saturday night on the road at Macon, while the Havoc don’t play again until Nov. 18 against Pensacola.