November 21, 2017 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Macon Mayhem
Week at a Glance: Mayhem Play Three Games on Thanksgiving Week
After road games in Pensacola and Fayetteville, Mayhem host Knoxville
MACON, GA- The Macon Mayhem will be busy on Thanksgiving week, as they have road games sandwiched around Thanksgiving and one home game on Saturday night. The team travels to take on the Pensacola Ice Flyers on Wednesday and the Fayetteville Marksmen on Friday, while they will return to Macon to host the Knoxville Ice Bears on Saturday night.
The Mayhem played a pair of 6-5 games this past week, coming out of the weekend with a 1-0-1 record in two games. They started on Thursday with a 6-5 overtime loss against the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs. Caleb Cameron scored the fastest hat trick in team history in just his fifth SPHL game, as he recorded three goals in 23 minutes and 59 seconds. Stathis Soumelidis scored the other two goals for the Mayhem - his first multi-goal game of the season. Troy Passingham started in net and allowed six goals on 38 shots on net.
The Mayhem followed up their overtime loss with another high-scoring affair, as they defeated the Fayetteville Marksmen 6-5 at home on Saturday. Stephen Pierog led the team with three points - one goal and two assists. Dylan Denomme also scored his first career professional goal in the game. Charlie Finn earned his first start in the team's last four games and picked up his third win of the season, as he stopped 26 of the 31 shots he faced in the contest.
After two road games in Pensacola and Fayetteville, the Mayhem will host College Football Night on Saturday night when the Knoxville Ice Bears come to town. It's Rivalry Week in college football, and fans are invited to sport the colors of their favorite school at the Mayhem game. As some of the greatest rivalries in sports are battled out on the gridiron, the Mayhem will emulate some of those historic college rivalries with intermission games and other activities. The Carrabba's Family Four-Pack is available for purchase for Saturday's game. Fans who purchase the four-pack will receive four tickets, four hot dogs, four Cokes, four popcorns, and a $30 Carrabba's gift card for just $44. Four-Packs can be purchased over the phone through the Macon Mayhem Front Office, in-person at the Macon Coliseum Box Office, or online at ticketmaster.com.
PENSACOLA ICE FLYERS PREVIEW
2017-2018 Team Record (as of November 20): 7-2-0 (14 points; T-1st Place)
Last Meeting: No previous meetings this season
Leading Scorer: Stephen Hrehoriak and Garret Milan (11 points)
Starting Goaltender: Greg Dodds (4 GP, 3-1-0, 2.25 goals against average, 0.934 save percentage)
After winning each of their first seven games, the Pensacola Ice Flyers have dropped their last two and are coming off of a 4-2 loss at the hands of the Huntsville Havoc. The team ranks fourth in goals for per game at 3.56, and they rank first in goals against at 2.00. Their goaltending group has taken a hit with the loaning of reigning SPHL MVP Sean Bonar to the Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL. In four games for the Ice Flyers this season, Bonar is 4-0-0 with a 1.25 GAA and a .959 SV%. Without Bonar, Pensacola has allowed four goals apiece over their last two games - both losses.
FAYETTEVILLE MARKSMEN PREVIEW
2017-2018 Team Record (as of November 20): 2-7-1 (5 points; 9th Place)
Last Meeting: Mayhem defeated Marksmen 6-5 on November 18, 2017
Leading Scorer: Jake Hauswirth (5 goals, 13 assists, 18 points - 1st in SPHL)
Goaltending Situation: Peter Di Salvo (7 GP, 2-3-1, 4.29 GAA, 0.876 SV%); Michael Santaguida (6 GP, 1-5-0, 3.57 GAA, 0.875 SV%); Matt Zenzola (2 GP, 0-1-0, 6.20 GAA, 0.852 SV%)
The Fayetteville Marksmen are now riding a five-game losing streak and a seven-game winless streak after falling to the Mayhem 6-5 on Saturday. The team is in the bottom-portion of the league in both goals for and goals against, as they score 3.10 goals per game and allow 4.80 goals per game. After allowing one power play goal on two chances for Macon, they rank ninth in the SPHL in penalty kill at 71.74%. After allowing just one goal on 13 shots, starting goaltender Peter Di Salvo exited the game after one period on Saturday. Michael Santaguida replaced him and allowed five goals on 22 shots. In three appearances since coming to the Marksmen from Peoria, Santaguida is 0-3-0 with a 4.58 GAA and a .838 SV%.
KNOXVILLE ICE BEARS PREVIEW
2017-2018 Team Record (as of November 20): 5-3-1 (11 points; 5th Place)
Last Meeting: No previous meetings this season
Leading Scorer: Danny Cesarz and Lawrence Cornellier (9 points)
Starting Goaltender: Zoltan Hetenyi (7 GP, 4-2-1, 3.10 GAA, .906 SV%)
The Knoxville Ice Bears have been good under first-year head coach Jeff Carr, as they have gotten out to a 5-3-1 start. They battled hard on Saturday night in Roanoke, as they came back from multiple deficits to take the game to overtime, but they ultimately fell 4-3 to the Rail Yard Dawgs in overtime. The Ice Bears have scored the third-most goals per game in the league through nine games, scoring 3.56 per game. They also rank mid-table in goals against, as they allow 3.33 goals per game. They have been good on the penalty kill, killing off 84.31% of opposing power plays - fourth in the SPHL, but they have converted on just 13.79% of their man-advantage opportunities - eighth in the league.
Single game tickets are on sale through the Macon Coliseum Box Office or at ticketmaster.com. For information on group tickets and ticket plans, visit MaconMayhem.com or call the Mayhem Front Office at (478) 803-1592.