FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The Macon Mayhem were back in the Crown Coliseum for the second leg of a back to back with the Fayetteville Marksmen. Zac Desjardins’s squad would be looking for revenge after falling four to one on Friday night.
Macon’s night would get started with a bang. On an early power play, Scott Coash would get the Mayhem on the scoreboard first. Two minutes later, Fayetteville’s Taylor McCloy would answer to bring the game even at one. As the old saying goes, familiarity breeds contempt. After having faced off for the last portion of their schedules, Macon and Fayetteville would both reach a boiling point early. Devin Brink of the Mayhem and Shane Bednard would drop the gloves early. They would immediately be followed up by a tussle between Macon’s Cody Rodgers and Fayetteville’s Taylor Best. Both players would be ejected for extracurriculars after the whistle. After the dust settled, Matt McNair would score to Fayetteville a brief lead. Brendan Hussey would respond with a goal of his own. The contest would head to the break deadlocked at two.
After a tenuous start to the second frame, the Mayhem would net an advantage. Scott Coash would deposit his seventh goal of the year and his second of the game. The Marksmen would jump onto the Mayhem shortly after with goals from Tyson Kirkby and Shane Bednard. Just before the break, Fayetteville veteran Bryan Moore would tack on an insurance goal for the home side to give his team a 5-3 lead.
Desjardins would make a change in net for the final frame to give Gregg Hussey his debut for Macon. Girard would score for Fayetteville to give the Marksmen a 6-3 lead, and the rest of the game would go on without much incident.
Despite outshooting the Marksmen by one, Macon’s efforts would not be reflected in the score column as Macon would tumble to 0-8-1 against their North Carolinian foes. The Mayhem’s power play has seemingly begun to regress back to the mean as they were able to convert two of four opportunities. They have no converted in each of the past four games.
The Mayhem, powered by the Mayo Hill Law Firm, will return back to Macon for a three game home stand starting on Thursday night for Thirsty Thursday against the Birmingham Bulls. The Mayhem will then host the Knoxville Ice Bears for a pair of games. It’ll be Mercer University Night presented by Amici on Friday with Country Moo-Sic Night presented by Georgia Grown on Saturday Night.