Game Day Notes: Mayhem @ Huntsville (Game #16, Road Game #9)

LAST GAME’S ACTION: “Coach Kerr’s Cardiac Kids” struck again last night; this time, Huntsville was the victim in the Havoc’s first visit to Macon this season and first game between the two teams since December 28. The Mayhem came back from a 3-0 deficit, scoring the tying goal with mere tenths of a second remaining in regulation, then netting the overtime game-winner for the 4-3 victory. The win marks an SPHL season-high sixth straight win for Macon and their fifth consecutive win on home ice after a 0-1-1 opening weekend start. Mason Baptista led the way with a hat trick, scoring the first goal of the game for Macon and both the game-tying and game-winning markers. Max Cook scored the other goal for the Mayhem as he threw it at the net and the puck found its way in between the legs of Huntsville goaltender Max Milosek. Ryan Ruck earned the win in net for Macon, stopping 17 of 20 shots on goal. Milosek earned the regulation tie but the OT loss with 28 saves on 32 shots. Both teams scored once on the power play as the Mayhem were 1 for 4 and the Havoc were 1 for 3 with the man advantage.

CARDIAC KIDS: The “cardiac kids” mantra definitely took hold last night as Macon scored the tying goal with the game clock reading all zeroes. Ten of the Mayhem’s 15 games so far this season have been decided by a single goal; Macon has a 7-1-2 record in those games, with six of the ten needing overtime or a shootout to decide

MASON FOR MACON: Mason Baptista’s hat trick last night in the penultimate game of the month ties a bow around what has been an outstanding February for the veteran forward. His eight goals, 12 points, and +11 rating during the month are all tops among all players in the league. Since being held off the scoresheet in his first two games with the team in the last week of January, Baptista has at least a point in seven of the nine games in February. He joined teammate Brian Bowen, who skated in his first game back with the Mayhem since early January last night, in the hat trick department; Macon is the only SPHL team to have multiple hat tricks so far this season.