By Mark McCarter, The Huntsville Times
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Resilience. Confidence. Clutch play. The standby cliches work.
But as the Huntsville Havoc flourishes in postseason, now two wins away from the Southern Professional Hockey League's President's Cup after finishing eighth in the regular season, it is the grandest of sports cliches that gets some credit: The pep talk.
The Havoc plays at Pensacola Tuesday night (7:05 CDT) in the first game of the best-of-three SPHL finals. Game two will be at Propst Arena at the Von Braun Center at 7:30 Friday; if necessary, game three will be back in Pensacola on Sunday.
Tickets for Friday's game are available at the VBC box office or through Ticketmaster.
Havoc coach Glenn Detulleo, in his first full season as a head coach, has learned the value of motivation. Before each game, he's played an inspirational speech from a movie or some other source.
"Put the speech on, name the starting lineup, the guys get fired up and we're ready to go," Detulleo said Monday morning at the IcePlex before his team boarded the bus for the trip to Pensacola.
"It was one of those things, I wanted to do something different for the playoffs. That kind of stuff always got me fired up. You watch a movie and hear a good speech and you want to get out there and play."
It doesn't matter the circumstances or the sport, along as it's something "with the passion they exude, that gets your heartbeat up and gets you excited," he said.