PEORIA, IL- The Macon Mayhem stayed in Peoria, IL looking for a chance at redemption following a 6-0 defeat at the hands of the Rivermen. Mayhem Head Coach Zac Desjardins and Assistant Coach Gaetano Moirano lead their team out again Saturday night in search of their first career wins.
The first period was a hard-fought affair. Both teams were able to create some scoring opportunities, but neither were able to punch one through as both the Mayhem’s Stiliadis and Peoria’s Berry stood tall in net. The Macon Mayhem’s powerplay woes would continue as they would fail to convert on the two opportunities they had in the first. Both teams would head to the break in a 0-0 deadlock.
The second period would begin much like the first with both goaltenders giving their best impression of a brick wall. Things would open up as the period continued with both the Mayhem and Rivermen trading fastbreak 2 on 1 attempts, although neither would convert. The deadlock would not last much longer as Bradon Rumble would break through with a tap-in for the Rivermen. Not long after, gloves would drop as the Mayhem’s Taylor Cutting would take exception to Cody Dion and bring him down behind the net. Mayhem rookie Bryan Etter would even the score after following up a rebounded puck with a blast for his first professional goal.
The final frame would begin in a dead heat with a 1-1 score. Mathieu Cloutier would grab one for the Rivermen to be quickly answered by the Mayhem’s Gus Ford with his first goal of the year. The former President’s Cup MVP Alec Hagaman would net the eventual winner for the Peoria Rivermen. Mayhem would continue to fight hard and get some opportunities, but it was all for not with a final score Peoria 3 Macon 2.
The Mayhem will look to learn from this weekend up north and bring those lessons into the rest of the season. After beginning the SPHL season with three straight tough road games, the Macon Mayhem will look to rally up a little home cooking in the Macon Coliseum next Friday October 29th. Tickets are still available now.