ROANOKE, VA – The Macon Mayhem would be after revenge on Saturday night after falling to the Roanoke Railyard Dawgs 6 to 1 the night before. Zac Desjardins’ squad would be searching for ways to keep their legs fresh as they play their third game in four days. Coming off a strong relief performance last night, Greg Hussey would draw the start in net.
The game would open up very tenuously as Greg Hussey made a pair of huge saves to the score at 0. A slashing call against Taylor Cutting would give the Railyard Dawgs a power play, which they would not let go to waste. Nick Devito would score his sixth goal of the year to give the home team an early advantage. The rest of the period would zoom by with very little stoppages. Macon would trail 1-0 headed to the break.
The intensity would pick up in the middle stanza as both squads exchanged heavy body checks. Roanoke’s Nick Ford would continue his strong run of form with his third goal of the weekend to double the Railyard Dawgs’ advantage. Battling hard in the corners, Macon would force a turnover deep in the Roanoke zone. Chris Hunt would catch Sammy Bernard off guard and slide it past his left pad for his second goal of the year. The feisty Mikkel Joehnk would not back down from a challenge as he drop the gloves with a much larger opponent in Matt O’Dea. It would appear that Macon’s luck would be turning around as they went to the power play looking to even the contest. Unfortunately for the Mayhem, a turnover at the blue line would allow Roanoke to break away on a two on none, which would end with Nick Devito’s second goal of the game. Macon would head to the locker room down two and searching for ways to storm back.
The final frame would open four on four after offsetting minors went against both teams late in the second. The Railyard Dawgs would take advantage courtesy of a Brady Heppner tally as he was falling down. The parade to the penalty boxes would continue for both sides, but it was the Mayhem who ended up with a power play opportunity. Macon’s man advantage would succumb a short-handed goal for the second time this evening, this one from the stick of Brady Heppner. Caleb Cameron would continue the fight for the Mayhem however. He would poke check the puck away from a Roanoke defender and be off to the races before snapping one by the right pad of Bernard. Sargis of the Railyard Dawgs would suffocate any momentum gained with the final goal of the contest. The game would continue on in a chippy manner as both teams racked up penalties, culminating in a game misconduct for Ethan Busch-Anderson for kneeing.
Roanoke would skate away with a 6-2 win and leave the Mayhem searching for answers before their Sunday matinee contest against the Knoxville Ice Bears tomorrow. Macon will be looking to right the ship on the man advantage after going 0/5 and allowing two goals.