Game Day Notes: Mayhem vs. Knoxville (Game #14, Home Game #6)

LAST GAME’S ACTION: For the second straight home game, the Mayhem would end up 2-1 winners in overtime. This time, it was Mason Baptista who rifled home the game-winner past Knoxville goaltender Peter Di Salvo in the extra session to send the season-high crowd of 1,749 home happy. Ray Brice scored the regulation goal for the Mayhem, who took sole possession of first place in the SPHL standings with the victory. Jake Theut had his shutout streak of 110 minutes and 14 seconds snapped with a third period Knoxville goal but still picked up his league-best eighth win of the season, stopping 23 of 24 shots. Di Salvo made 40 saves on 42 shots in the regulation tie and overtime loss for the Ice Bears. Macon was 0 for 3 on the power play while Knoxville failed to convert on its only chance with the man advantage.

FINALLY IN FIRST: While Macon has had the best winning percentage in the league for most of the season, last night’s game officially put them in first place in terms of standing points. The Mayhem are the first team this season to reach the 20-point plateau and can be the first team in the league to hit double digits in wins with a victory today over Knoxville, both remarkable feats given the 20-day layoff last month due to SPHL health and safety protocols. Parity is still the name of the game in the SPHL as just five points separate the Mayhem from last-place Knoxville in the standings; however, Macon still has at least two games in hand on every other team in the league coming into today’s game.

NEWCOMERS NO SPHL STRANGERS: Besides Nick Minerva’s return from the ECHL’s Tulsa Oilers, the two newest acquisitions on the team, forward Mike Gornall and Andrew Romano, come to Macon from stints with other SPHL clubs earlier in the season. Gornall, who played in his first game with the Mayhem last night, previously skated with Knoxville earlier in the year, logging a goal in five games. Romano played in 11 games with Huntsville prior to coming to Macon last week, tallying five points with the Havoc; he made an instant splash with the Mayhem, notching an assist in each of his first two games last weekend in the pair of wins in Pensacola.