Game Day Notes: Mayhem vs. Knoxville (Game #13, Home Game #5)

LAST GAME’S ACTION: Goaltender Jake Theut picked up his league-leading second shutout of the season in a 2-0 victory over the first place Pensacola Ice Flyers last night. It was Theut’s second goose egg in as many Fridays as he also shut Pensacola out on February 12 in a 5-0 Macon win. It was a couple of the OG Mayhem players who stepped up last night as Stephen Pierog and Jimmy Soper scored to provide all the offense needed for the victory. Theut stopped all 27 shots on goal he faced, while rookie Jack Berry also faced 27 shots on goal in net for Pensacola, stopping 26 of them; Soper’s goal was of the empty net variety late in the third period. Both teams were scoreless on the power play as Macon was 0 for 4 and Pensacola was 0 for 6 with the man advantage.

GOALTENDING NOT TO BE “THEUT” WITH: With roughly a third of the season in the books, goaltender Jake Theut has proven himself so far at the top of the ranks in the SPHL. He currently leads the league in minutes played (609), wins (7), and shutouts (2). Among goaltenders who have played the requisite amount of minutes, Theut’s 1.38 goals-against average is over a full goal a game better than the second-leading goaltender in that category, Pensacola’s Chase Perry (2.56), while his .946 save percentage is also in a class by itself – Theut has allowed nearly 4% fewer shots on goal into the net as Knoxville’s Peter Di Salvo, who is second in that category at .907.

NATURAL BORN PENALTY KILLERS: The Mayhem’s penalty kill stymied all six Pensacola chances last night, solidifying Macon’s hold on the top penalty kill in the league. The team has only allowed two power play goals all season in 38 opponents’ chances – an astounding 94.7% success rate. The power play, which was near the top of the league in its success rate to start the weekend, is now fourth at 12.5% after failing to convert on its four chances with the man advantage last night.

GEORGIA ON OUR MINDS: After playing two-thirds of their first 12 games away from the friendly confines of the Macon Coliseum, the Mayhem return home tonight to start a series of six of seven games at home. The only game away from Middle Georgia for the next 15 days is a quick trip on Friday to Huntsville on the tail end of a home-and-home series with the Havoc, the first games the Mayhem have played against them since opening night on December 28 in Huntsville.