Game Day Notes: Mayhem vs. Pensacola (Game #17, Home Game #8)

LAST GAME’S ACTION: In contrast to the plethora of one-goal wins for the Mayhem lately, Macon erupted for a four-goal output in a 4-1 win in Huntsville Friday night. Two of the goals came on the power play. Mason Baptista notched a goal for Macon after scoring a buzzer-beater tying goal and OT game-winner as part of a hat trick the night before, while Stephen Pierog and Max Cook also scored once apiece. Brian Bowen scored an empty-netter in the game’s final minute to seal the victory. Ryan Ruck picked up the win between the pipes for the Mayhem in his third straight start, stopping all but one of the 28 shots on goal he faced. Jason Pawloski made 35 saves on 38 shots in net for Huntsville. While Macon was 2 for 5 on the power play, they held the Havoc scoreless in their three chances with the man advantage.

FAB FEBRUARY FOR THE MAYHEM: The month of February was very kind to the Mayhem. After a 20-day layoff in January due to health and safety protocols, Macon ran up a 9-1-0 record in February. During that stretch, they outscored the opposition by a whopping 32-13 margin. Six of the ten games were decided by a single goal, however, with Macon going 5-1-0 in those games and a perfect 4-0-0 in games requiring overtime. The three goals allowed on Thursday night against Huntsville represented the most goals the Mayhem allowed to a team all month and tied for the most goals Macon has allowed in a game all season. Macon allowed two goals in three of the contests, one goal four times, and twice shut the opposition out, both times in Pensacola on consecutive Fridays.

INSIDE THE ICE FLYERS: Tonight marks the first visit of the season to Macon for the Ice Flyers and the first of two straight; Pensacola will also face the Mayhem in the Centreplex on Friday night. After spending most of the first part of the season at or near the top of the standings, Pensacola has stumbled as of late. They come into tonight’s game with a league-worst 2-6-2 record in their past 10 games, currently tied for second in the SPHL standings but five points behind Macon having played five more games than the Mayhem. The Ice Flyers also placed forwards Alec Marsh and Patrick Megannety on the season-ending injured reserve yesterday.