October 17, 2017 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Macon Mayhem
Pensacola Ice Flyers come to town Friday, while Huntsville Havoc follow up Saturday
MACON, GA- The Macon Mayhem open up their season at home this weekend with the Pensacola Ice Flyers on Friday and the Huntsville Havoc on Saturday.
The team will be celebrating last year's championship season by raising their championship banners and presenting team and staff members with their championship rings on Friday night. They will also be wearing specialty championship jerseys for both games, with a jersey auction immediately following the game on Saturday night.
WEEK IN REVIEW
The Mayhem went 1-0-1 in their two preseason exhibition games this past weekend. On Friday night, the team traveled to Knoxville and left town with a 6-5 overtime loss at the hands of the Ice Bears. The team was back home on Saturday night for game two of their preseason schedule, and they were able to skate away with a dominating 5-2 win over the Fayetteville Marksmen.
PENSACOLA ICE FLYERS PREVIEW
2016-17 Record and Results: 62 points (27-21-8), Lost in Semi-Final 2-0 vs. Macon Mayhem
Top Returning Scorer: Josh Cousineau and Nathan Bruyere (24 points in 2016-17)
It's a new look for the Pensacola Ice Flyers this season. Former Fayetteville Head Coach Jeff Bes has taken the helm in Pensacola, and he tries to rebuild and retool a team that was one of the final four teams in the playoffs last season. The top six scorers from last year's team have moved on or been traded, as the team looks to take on a new identity.
The big move of the offseason for Pensacola was the trade that sent Massimo Lamacchia and Brad Bourke to the Fayetteville Marksmen and brought reigning SPHL Most Valuable Player Sean Bonar to the Ice Flyers. After being release from his try-out with the ECHL's Fort Wayne Komets, Bonar will take over as the starting goaltender for this young Ice Flyers team.
HUNTSVILLE HAVOC PREVIEW
2016-17 Record and Results: 74 points (34-16-6), Lost in Semi-Final 2-1 vs. Peoria Rivermen
Top Returning Scorer: Sy Nutkevitch (50 points in 2016-17)
The Huntsville Havoc return six players from a very talented group that finished fourth in the regular season last year. Forward Sy Nutkevitch, defenseman Nolan Kaiser, and defenseman Stuart Stefan headline the group of starters returning. Head Coach Glenn Detulleo was busy recruiting out of the college ranks this summer, signing 10 collegiate players to the team's training camp roster.
Huntsville lost both goaltenders Adam Courchaine and Tyler Steel, but they did a good job replacing them with experienced professional goaltenders. The Havoc signed former ECHL goaltender Keegan Asmundson to be the team's starter and also signed Mike DeLaVergne, who played four games for the Macon Mayhem last season.
IN OTHER NEWS
The Mayhem trimmed their training camp roster down to a league-mandated 22 players this past weekend. To do that, the team released forward Justin Brausen, forward Ryan McDonald, forward Bobby Sokol, defenseman Jake Schultz, and goaltender Aaron Taylor from their try-out agreements. The team must trim their roster down to their final 19-man roster by 3:00 PM on Wednesday, October 18.
Single game tickets are for all 28 home games are on sale now 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.