LAST GAME’S ACTION: After being named SPHL Player of the Week for his play last week, Jason Tackett provided the heroics last night, lighting the lamp with 30 seconds left on the clock to give Macon a 2-1 home victory over Huntsville and helping the Mayhem become the first team in the league to secure a playoff spot. Tackett also assisted on the other Macon goal in the game, scored by Ryan Smith. Ryan Ruck stopped all but one of the 25 Huntsville shots on goal he faced, while Max Milosek made 31 saves on 33 shots in the loss in goal for the Havoc. Neither team scored on the power play as Huntsville was 0 for 3 and Macon was 0 for 2 with the man advantage.
ROSTER MOVES: The Mayhem have made several moves over the past two weeks. The team has been bolstered by the return of defenseman Derek Topatigh from Wheeling in the ECHL, and also by the activation of forward Stathis Soumelidis from the injured reserve. Soumelidis skated in his 200th professional game last night in Macon. There have been some deletions from the current roster as well, including defenseman Josh Victor to the injured reserve list and goaltender Jake Theut to a stint with the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets.
INSIDE THE ICE BEARS: Knoxville brings an SPHL season-high 11-game winning streak into tonight’s game. They brought an SPHL season-high 10-game overall winning streak to Macon back on March 21, and the Mayhem snapped it in a 4-1 victory. Immediately following that game, goaltender Austyn Roudebush, the reigning SPHL Player of the Month for March, was loaned to the ECHL’s Tulsa Oilers. Roudebush had gone 9-1-0 with Knoxville, with the March 21 loss to Macon the only blemish on his record. He still holds the league lead in goals-against average (1.24) and save percentage (.955) despite not currently playing in the SPHL; Jake Theut and Ryan Ruck are second and third, respectively, in those categories behind him.