ROANOKE, VA- Visiting the Berglund Center for just the second time this season, the Mayhem were trying to piece together a much-needed win. The recipe for success seemed to be there. The Mayhem were coming off of two strong performances that saw them take back to back points in overtime and facing a Roanoke Railyard Dawgs who have been struggling as of late, losing nine in a row.
Macon’s penalty kill unit, which has been strong recently, would get an early test after Devin Brink was called for cross-checking. After killing it off, the Mayhem would settle into a frivolous affair as shots became hard to come by. Macon would earn a power play opportunity but would fail to capitalize. Soon after, Roanoke’s Nick Ford would strike to give the home side a 1-0 advantage that they would carry into the break. Mayhem net minder Michael Stiliadis was strong to start, stopping 13/14 shots.
Macon would equalize to start the second frame however. The captain, Joseph Drapluk, would steal the puck at the Roanoke blue line before snapping one off from the left circle past Sammy Bernard. About a minute later, Roanoke would grab a goal of their own, this one off the stick of Brady Heppner. Macon would get quite a few extra man opportunities, including a 5 on 3, but would squander those opportunities.
Down just one heading into the third, the Mayhem would be looking to turn the game around. However, the Railyard Dawgs would have different plans. Dillon Hill would score his first professional goal to double Roanoke’s advantage. The Mayhem effort would fall off the rails from there with rapid goals coming for CJ Valerian, Nick Ford, and Jeff Jones. Zac Desjardins would insert Greg Hussey into goal in place of Stiliadis, who went 28/34 on the evening. Greg Hussey would stand tall the rest of the way stopping 9/9 shots, but the story had already been written.
With their 6-1 win over Macon, Roanoke put a much-needed halt on their losing skid as they battle for the final spot in the President’s Cup Playoffs. After tonight’s loss, Macon’s playoff hopes have officially come to an end, marking the first time the franchise has missed postseason action since its move to Macon.
The Mayhem will look to end the season on a positive note by continuing to battle hard these final few weeks for the organization, for one another, and most importantly for our unwavering supporters.