Game Day Notes: Mayhem @ Birmingham (Game #22, Road Game #12)

LAST GAME’S ACTION: Jason Tackett paid instant dividends for the Mayhem, scoring the first goal of the game in not only his first game for Macon but the first game of his professional career. He also added an assist as the Mayhem defeated Birmingham 4-3, another one-goal game between the two teams but the first regulation victory for Macon over the Bulls. Nick Minerva and Andrew Romano scored goals, with Ryan Smith notching the game-winning goal. Jake Theut earned his league-leading 10th win of the season in net for Macon, stopping 20 of 23 shots. Hayden Stewart made 29 saves on 33 shots in the loss between the pipes for Birmingham. The Bulls scored once in their four power play chances while Macon was 0 for 6 with the man advantage.

TACKETT TACKS ON TWO POINTS: Forward Jason Tackett made a splash in his first professional game and first for the Mayhem last night after spending a four-year college career at Ferris State, where he logged 17 goals and 28 assists in a combined 124 games. Macon also added defenseman Joe Masonius earlier in the week as well. 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.

HALFWAY THERE: Macon reached the halfway point of the season last night, 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. 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.