KNOXVILLE, TN – The Macon Mayhem headed to the Knoxville Civic Coliseum for a Sunday afternoon contest to wrap up a long road trip. It would be a tall task ahead for the Mayhem squad battling a Knoxville Ice Bears team for the last time this season as Knoxville is competing for the William B. Coffey trophy, which currently resides in Macon.
Michael Stiliadis would draw the goaltending start for the Mayhem against Jimmy Poreda. The home team would get the scoring started as Brady Fleurent would strike first. A slashing call would go against the Mayhem’s Taylor Cutting, and Knoxville would capitalize on the subsequent power play. Nick Leitner would find the back of the net for his first professional goal. A former Mayhem player, Stepan Timofeyev, would add insult to injury with his seventeenth goal of the season. The Mayhem were in desperate need of a scoring punch of their own, and the captain would answer the call. Joseph Drapluk was able to squeak one by the left pad of Poreda to pull one back for Macon. The rest of the period would go on without incident with Macon trailing 3-1.
Brady Fleurent would strike again just one minute into the second stanza to give Knoxville a 4-1 lead. Macon would get their first power play opportunity midway into the second as Kyler Matthews headed to the box for hooking. Michael Snow with a nifty drop pass would set up a trailing Scott Coash for the one timer. Macon would head to the locker room searching for ways to erase a two goal deficit.
It would be evident very early into the third that the Mayhem had run out of gas after 4 games in 5 days. Andrew Bellant and Kyler Matthews would each net another goal early into the frame. Those would be the final daggers as the Ice Bears concluded the season series with a 6-2 win.
The Mayhem will head back to Macon to rest and regroup. They’ll take on the similarly struggling Vermillion County Bobcats for the first time in franchise history next Friday and Saturday at the Macon Coliseum. For tickets, please visit the Macon Coliseum box office or Ticketmaster.com