EVANSVILLE, IN – The Mayhem began a tenuously long road trip of over 1500 miles and 4 games in 5 days. Looking to capture a season series win against Evansville, the Mayhem headed north for the final time this season.
After a travel-related delay for the Mayhem caused a slightly delayed puck drop. Both teams would be eager to grab an early lead. Nigel Slade of the Mayhem would open the scoring with a power play goal after back-to-back penalties put a huge amount of stress on the Thunderbolts’ special teams. Cory Dunn of Evansville would soon answer with his second goal of the year. Michael Stiliadis kept the Mayhem battling in the first as he stopped 16/17 as the Mayhem were dramatically outshot.
The second period would prove to be a physical affair as both teams were finishing checks with authority. After a Mayhem player lost his helmet and had to immediately return to the bench, Cameron Cook got lost on the breakaway to put the Thunderbolts on top. Penalties on both teams would highlight the rest of the second period action as both penalty kill units came up huge. A double minor for high-sticking at the end of the second would put Macon on an extended power play to open the third.
Macon would open the final frame looking to take advantage of the long power play opportunity. Unfortunately, Scott Kirton would double the Bolts advantage with a short-handed tally. Still on the power play and never giving up, Macon would quickly answer back. Caleb Cameron would carry the puck the length of the ice before snapping one by newly acquired Evansville net-minder Evan Moyse. Building on that momentum, the Mayhem forecheck was buzzing. A defensive zone turnover would set up Michael Snow to even the contest at 3, continuing his great form as of late. Both teams would get a few opportunities late to capture the win but would come up short.
Macon would come up just short in overtime for the second game in a row as Brennan Feasey buried the winner for the Thunderbolts.
The Mayhem can take some solace from battling back to earn one point after a long bus ride and being outshot 39 to 20. The Mayhem’s special teams was a highlight of the night, going 4/4 on the penalty kill and 2/8 on the power play. Michael Stiliadis’s impact could not be ignored as he stopped 35/39 shot attempts, earning second star honors in the process.
Macon will have an off day tomorrow to travel to Roanoke, VA. The Mayhem match up against the Roanoke Railyard Dawgs for a two game set beginning on Friday.