Early Issues Plague Mayhem

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – Familiarity was the name of the game for the Macon Mayhem on Friday night. For the fourteenth time this season, the Mayhem would take on the Fayetteville Marksmen, who had dominated the season series thus far. Coach Zac Desjardins and the Mayhem squad would hope to change that narrative having seen just this past weekend that they can compete with the Marksmen. Unfortunately, the Marksmen would re-establish themselves on Friday night.

An unlucky bounce off the boards would get the scoring started for the Marksmen as Drake Glover slotted it home just two minutes into the contest. The pesky Bryan Moore, recently activated from the IR, would soon double the advantage for the Marksmen with a snipe from the left circle. After a good stretch of puck possession for the Mayhem, a critical turnover would allow Francois-Xavier Girard to breakaway with the third Fayetteville goal, a momentum killer with under a minute to go in the period. Despite being down three, Desjardins’ squad outshot the Marksmen 14 to 12 and would look to build on that.

The Marksmen would open the second frame with more unrelenting pace. Bednard would open the scoring early in the period. After a high-sticking call went against Fayetteville’s Zach Remers, Macon’s power play unit would finally break the shutout. Mikkel Joehnk would net his second of the year with a gritty follow-up on a rebounded shot from Nigel Slade. Fayetteville would suffocate any momentum the Mayhem may have gained though with quick strikes from Taylor Best and Zach Remers to end the period.

Remers would add yet another for the Marksmen in the final frame to make the score 7-1 Fayetteville. Caleb Cameron would inject some life into the Mayhem bench with a spirited bout with Bryan Moore. There was still a whole lot of pride in the Macon squad who continued to fight for every loose puck.  Their efforts would be rewarded as Zak Lambrecht scored his 11th goal of the season of a wonderful feed from Mikkel Joehnk. Brian Kerrigan would then throw the puck on net, which would be redirected by Curtis Hansen for his 7th goal of the season. Of note, Devin Brink would be credited with the secondary assist on Hansen’s goal, keeping them tied for the team lead in points. The contest had been decided long before unfortunately as Fayetteville won by a score of 7 to 3.

The Mayhem will get one final shot at revenge tomorrow night as they finish up the season series with the Marksmen at the Crown Coliseum.