LAST GAME’S ACTION: The Mayhem suffered their first regulation loss in 11 games on Sunday, dropping a 4-0 decision in Knoxville. Goaltender Austyn Roudebush turned away all 35 shots on goal the Mayhem threw at him, with Macon outshooting Knoxville 35-22 in the contest. Ryan Ruck saw his personal five-game winning streak snapped, making 18 saves on 22 shots. Knoxville scored on the only power play awarded for either team during the game.
MACON MOVES: The Mayhem have made several roster moves since Sunday’s loss in Knoxville. Perhaps the most impactful move has been forward Max Cook being loaned to the Florida Everblades in the ECHL. Cook was not the only deletion to the roster, as forward Mike Gornall was waived by the team on Thursday. With two roster positions open, Macon added defenseman Joe Masonius and forward Jason Tackett. Masonius played Division I hockey collegiately at the University of Connecticut and played the past two seasons in the ECHL, playing a combined 50 games with South Carolina, Manchester, Norfolk, and Greenville. He was also a 6th round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Tackett will be skating in his first professional game tonight after a four-year college career at Ferris State, where he logged 17 goals and 28 assists in a combined 124 games.
HALFWAY THERE: Macon will reach the halfway point of the season tonight, having played 21 of the 42 games scheduled. The Mayhem still have at least one game in hand on every other team in the league and sit in first place, six points ahead of Knoxville and Pensacola. After descending to the SPHL basement, the Ice Bears have been charging up the standings and are tied with Macon as the hottest team in the league as of late, going 8-1-1 in their last ten contests.
INSIDE THE BULLS: In contrast to the Mayhem and Knoxville, the Bulls are heading down the standings and are now last out of the five teams playing this season with a 2-5-3 record in their last ten games and 7-10-4 overall. However, they have given the Mayhem fits in the three games the two teams have faced each other. All three have been one-goal games, with two being decided in overtime. The Bulls actually have the only win in regulation, a 2-1 victory on February 11; the game was the last regulation loss by the Mayhem before ripping a 9-0-1 streak prior to Sunday’s loss in Knoxville. Forwards Anthony Collins (ECHL) and Tyler Penner (injured reserve) will skate for the Bulls tonight in their first games since last month.