Game Day Notes: Mayhem vs. Huntsville (Game #24, Home Game #12)

LAST GAME’S ACTION: The Huntsville Havoc picked up their first win of the season over Macon last night at the Centreplex in a 5-4 shootout victory. After two periods, it was doubtful the Mayhem would even pick up a point in the contest as they trailed the Havoc 4-1 heading into the final frame. Dino Balsamo scored a pair of goals in the comeback, with Mason Baptista adding a goal as well. Jared Bethune scored the first goal of the game for Macon in the first period. Max Milosek stopped 40 of 44 in regulation and OT and all seven skaters in the shootout for the victory, while Jake Theut made 35 saves on 39 shots for the regulation tie. Macon was 1 for 5 on the power play while holding Huntsville scoreless in their two power play chances.

JOHNSON RETURNS: Defenseman Casey Johnson returns to the team today, fresh off his loan to the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays. The team is still shorthanded as Brian Bowen will sit his final game of a three-game suspension tonight and will be eligible to return in tomorrow’s matchup against Knoxville. Ray Brice was also moved from the 21-day to the 30-day injured reserve list today, joining fellow forward Stathis Soumelidis, who remains on IR as well.

STANDINGS TIGHTEN: The Mayhem’s lead in the SPHL standings now sits at three points ahead of second-place Knoxville; however, Macon still has at least two games in hand on all other teams in the league. The red-hot Ice Bears, who broke the Mayhem’s SPHL season-high eight-game win streak on Thursday with their ninth straight victory, will visit the Centreplex tomorrow in a pivotal game just a little over halfway through the season. Pensacola, Huntsville, and Birmingham round out the standings in third, fourth, and fifth respectively, with each of them having a record below .500 in their last ten games.