Photo: Bryan Meeks
Colton Wolter and Michael Stiliadis paved the way for a 4-3 Macon triumph in Roanoke on Saturday night against the Rail Yard Dawgs.
Former Rail Yard Dawgs defenseman Vojtech Zemlicka was found guilty of hooking just 2:05 into the contest, putting the Mayhem onto an early penalty kill. Jeff Jones made his ex-teammate pay, and backhanded a shot past Stiliadis to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Zemlicka then dropped the gloves with his former Captain, Travis Armstrong, roughly halfway through the opening frame.
Macon received a power play of its own with just 1:18 remaining in period one when the Rail Yard Dawgs were found guilty of having too many men on the ice. The Mayhem had tallied a power play goal in back to back games, converting in two of its previous three opportunities. It continued its streak, as Dylan Denomme ripped a one-timer off Wolter’s stick and past Austyn Roudebush from the left circle to tie the score in the closing seconds of the first period. Wolter’s goal came in his first game against his former team.
Shawn Lynch generated a high-end scoring chance early in the second period, firing a shot from point-blank range but was denied by Roudebush. He would later draw Macon’s second power play of the game, on which they failed to convert. Macon would enjoy six minutes on the man-advantage in period two, but could not capitalize.
Late in the period, David Powlowski netted his second goal of the weekend with a wrist shot from the slot, giving the Mayhem their first lead of the game. Their lead lasted all of 22 seconds, as the Rail Yard Dawgs’ tied the game back up on the very next shift. Matt Beer scored his first goal of the season on a rebound. Despite some argument that the puck had been kicked in, the goal stood, and the score remained tied 2-2 heading into the closing frame.
The Mayhem scored on their first two shots of the third period. Caleb Cameron ripped a shot through the five-hole of Roudebush just 17 seconds in, and Ben Campbell added his first Mayhem goal just 1:16 later. Campbell’s strike ended Roudebush’s night, and he was relieved by former Macon net-minder Henry Dill. In the final minutes, Roanoke Captain Travis Armstrong scored a power play goal to bring the Rail Yard Dawgs within one, but the Mayhem would ultimately hold on and get their first regulation road win this season.
Stiliadis had a rock-solid night in net, stopping 34 of the 37 shots he faced against his former team. He earned his first win of the season in the first game he played with Macon. Roudebush was charged with the loss, stopping 18 of 22, while Dill denied all three shots he faced in relief. The Mayhem will travel to Fayetteville to take on the Marksmen at 3 pm ET tomorrow afternoon.