Preview: Mayhem vs. Pensacola Ice Flyers (Game 13)

Bolts Bounce Back
The Mayhem were disappointed in their inability to complete their first sweep of the season last week. Getting their first Friday win was a terrific start to the tenure of Head Coach Ryan Michel, but call-ups and suspensions left the team in a precarious position for last Saturday’s tilt.

Zach Urban was called up by the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings last Thursday, and Ryan Devine had been suspended for a spearing incident on Friday. As such, Caleb Cameron was rostered as a defenseman for Game 2 against Evansville. It was the first time the Mayhem had need to place a forward on the blue line this season. While the RIT grad adapted extremely well to his new role, it took the Mayhem d-corps time to adjust to the different rotation and the new look on the back end. As a result, the visitors were able to build up a substantial lead after taking advantage of multiple odd-man rushes and breakaways.

The Matchup
The Pensacola Ice Flyers remain one of just two teams (Quad City Storm) who the Mayhem have yet to face this season. In 2018-19, Macon pitched a head-to-head record of 4-3-3 against Rod Aldoff’s squad. When facing Pensacola, the vast majority of the Mayhem’s issues came from games played at The Hangar.

The discrepancy between Macon’s home vs. away record was more glaring against the Ice Flyers than it was for any other opponent last year. On home ice, the Mayhem took points in all six matchups, achieving a record of 4-0-2. In Pensacola, however, Macon dropped all four outings and scored just two combined goals throughout. The Hangar is a notoriously difficult building to play in, and not much has changed this season. The Ice Flyers have allowed just 2.2 goals per game on home ice through five games, and Coach Michel has expressed how crucial it is for the Mayhem to capitalize on their scoring chances on Wednesday night.

Cousineau’s Return
Mayhem center Josh Cousineau has become synonymous with hockey in the Pensacola community. He played for the Ice Flyers for four years, won a President’s Cup there in 2016, and captained them through the 2018-19 campaign in which he suited up for all 56 games. It will be a matchup long circled on his calendar, as he returns to the city he once called home for the first time since joining the Mayhem. The Penetang, ON native scored a key goal on Friday night to ice the game with a breakaway strike immediately following a Macon penalty kill. He will look to make a similar impact tonight as the Mayhem seek their first road victory of the season.

W.W.E. Night
This Saturday, the Mayhem will host the Ice Flyers at the Macon Centreplex on W.W.E. Night. It will be Macon’s first of five times hosting the Ice Flyers this season. As part of the Thanksgiving Special, tickets to this game are available for just $10 per person by calling the Mayhem front office at (478) 803-1592. The office will be closed for Thanksgiving and Black Friday, so tickets must be purchased by the end of the business day today (5 pm ET). For tickets to December home games, click here.