Fayetteville, NC – Macon would head into tonight’s contest with a little more pep in their step despite having just lost 7-3 the night before. The Mayhem squad played well in the third period last night and try to capture some momentum for tonight’s contest. Fayetteville would don their specialty Rocky jerseys with Macon sporting their specialty Rambo jerseys for the final game of the Rocky v. Rambo series and the final matchup of the season with the playoff-bound Marksmen.
Tanner Froese would strike just 23 seconds into the game for the Marksmen off a breakaway opportunity. Greg Hussey would stand tall from there in the rest of the period as the Mayhem defense was able to clog up the shooting lanes.
Michael Snow would bring the lightning early in the second frame. He would stuff home a well-placed pass from Scott Coash to level the fray. A few minutes later, Taylor Best would put the home side back on top with a goal of his own. Macon would dominate puck possession in the second period and eventually earned a power play opportunity after a slashing call on Taylor McCloy. Macon’s power play unit would move the puck before eventually settling it onto the stick of Jamie Dorsey. The rookie, Dorsey, would snipe home the puck past Moran for his first professional goal in his first career game. Before the Marksmen had a chance to settle back in, Brink would win a draw in the Mayhem zone and kick the puck over to Joehnk. Mikkel Joehnk would speed across the goal crease and slot home the goal to give the Mayhem their first lead of the game. Not to be outdone, Tanner Froese would draw the Marksmen even with his second goal of the game. The Mayhem’s excellent period would be reflected in the shot column as they outshot the Marksmen 22-9 in the second frame.
With the score even heading into the final 20 minutes, both squads would be desperate for any advantage. The Mayhem would find such an advantage. Jamie Dorsey would drop the puck off to Zak Lambrecht, who fired a hard low shot that squirmed through the five-hole of Brent Moran. After a tripping call went against the Mayhem, Coach Cory Melkert would send out his dangerous power play unit which would tie the contest once again off a stunning goal for Donald Olivieri. After a bench minor late in the game went against the Mayhem, Greg Hussey and the Mayhem penalty kill unit stood tall to keep the game even. Down the stretch, each team had a chance to claim victory but were both turned away by strong play from both netminders. Sixty minutes would not be enough to decide the outcome this evening.
In the open ice created by 3 on 3 hockey, both squads had quality chances to each grab the extra point. Time and time again, they would be denied by the opposing goaltender. There were multiple times where a save on one end was immediately answered by a save on the other. In a wild thriller, Hussey and Moran would take the deadlock into the shootout.
Heading into a shootout for just the third time this season, the Mayhem squad would hope for a change in fortune. G. Hussey had been on fire down the stretch and carry that into the shootout. He would deny Taylor Best, and Mikkel Joehnk would continue his strong weekend with a conversion. Don Olivieri would answer in the next round to tie the shootout, which Taylor Cutting would not answer. The next three rounds would see both Hussey and Moran hold serve; Fayetteville’s Bryan Moore would be assessed a game misconduct for extracurriculars after his attempt. Finally in the sixth round, Olivieri would slip one past Hussey. Brink would unfortunately not be able to answer on the other side, and Fayetteville would skate away with the extra point.
Macon will try to shake off tonight’s heartbreak and travel north to Evansville, Indiana for a midweek contest with the Thunderbolts next Wednesday.