LAST GAME’S ACTION: The Mayhem’s eight-game winning streak came to an end as the Pensacola Ice Flyers took a 4-3 overtime win last night in Macon. Jordan Ernst fired his second of two goals on the night into the back of the net just 19 seconds into the extra frame for the victory. Jake Wahlin logged his third assist of the game on Ernst’s OT winner to lead all scorers. Max Cook led the way for the Mayhem with a goal and an assist, while Brian Bowen and Logan Coomes scored once each. Jake Theut took the loss in net for Macon, allowing a season-high four goals on 27 shots. Jake Kupsky earned the win between the pipes for Pensacola with 30 saves on 33 shots. Both teams finished the game 0 for 2 on the power play.
STILL SOMEWHAT STREAKING: Although Macon’s winning streak came to an end, their nine-game point streak continued with the standing point earned for the regulation tie. The Mayhem are 8-0-1 in their last nine games, with their last regulation loss back on February 12 in Birmingham. At 13-2-3, Macon is still six points clear of Pensacola and hard-charging Knoxville for first place in the SPHL standings; the Mayhem hold two games in hand on the Ice Bears and have still played five fewer games than the Ice Flyers.
MACON, WHERE THE PLAYERS OF THE MONTH ROCK: Forward Mason Baptista was named the SPHL’s Player of the Month earlier this week for his stellar performance in February. He logged nine goals, three of the game-winning variety, four assists, and led all league players with his 13 total points and matching +13 rating. He joins teammate Jake Theut, who won the award for December and January (there was one award for both months since the season started Dec. 26). Despite the overtime loss last night and allowing four goals, Theut still has an extremely stellar 1.59 goals-against average with an equally sparkling .938 save percentage.
INSIDE THE HAVOC: Huntsville dropped a 5-2 decision up I-75 in Knoxville last night to drop into fourth place in the SPHL standings but just two points behind the Ice Bears and Pensacola. Despite being in the middle of the pack standings-wise, the Havoc sport six of the top 11 scorers in the SPHL. Forward Rob Darrar is tops in the league with 24 points, while John Schiavo is tied with the Ice Flyers’ Jake Wahlin for second with 20 points. Tyler Piacentini, Matthew Barnaby, Sy Nutkevitch, and Nolan Kaiser round out the other six Huntsville scorers in the league’s top 11. Despite the high-powered offense, the Havoc goaltending hasn’t been up to the standard as it has been in their past two championship seasons. Max Milosek was in net last night in the loss in Knoxville, with his 3.32 GAA and .900 save percentage far off the 2019 SPHL Playoff MVP’s usual numbers between the pipes for Huntsville his past three seasons. Jason Pawloski has had slightly better numbers in net, bringing a 2.96 GAA and .902 save percentage into tonight’s contest.