Mayhem Add D'Agostini, Love to Roster
MACON, GA- In the wake of a small roster overhaul, the Mayhem have acquired a pair of new players to help fill a couple of voids left behind by recent ECHL call-ups.
With top-scoring defenseman Brandon Fehd being called up by the Rapid City Rush and Jake Faiella now with Kevin Kerr and the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, Head Coach Leo Thomas had no choice but to look for a new defenseman. He called upon the Carolina Thunderbirds of the Federal Hockey League, who had a blue-liner already possessing substantial SPHL experience.
The 26-year-old Taylor Love spent most of last season with the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs and the Fayetteville Marksmen. To start the 2018-19 campaign, Love played in Carolina and notched a goal and two assists through eight games played. Prior to his professional days, Love played two seasons at Elmira College (NCAA DIII) in New York.
"He's played in this league before; he's got more than a handful of games under his belt," Thomas said of Love. "He's got that experience. He's a big-bodied defenseman who can skate. He knows our guys pretty well and I'm confident he'll fit right into our lineup. He'll help us out on the back end."
Love is an imposing 6'3, 220 pounds, which places him just ahead of Alexander Taulien as the biggest player on the Mayhem. He promises to make a heavy impact on the blue line, and his defensive services are arriving in a timely manner with the departure of Jordan Ruby.
Ruby has been a rock in goal for the Mayhem this season. He leads the entire league in saves and ranks second in goals against average and save percentage. He's been phenomenal, and will be sorely missed during his time with the Wheeling Nailers. However, in Ruby's absence, the Mayhem have found another goaltender they know can get the job done.
Andrew D'Agostini was the first net-minder to defeat the Mayhem this season. On home-opening night on October 19th, D'Agostini backstopped the Pensacola Ice Flyers to a shootout victory to spoil the Mayhem's welcome party. It would be the only game the Mayhem lost in their first ten outings. In that contest, he made 28 of a possible 31 saves, stopping 4-of-5 in the shootout. On the season, D'Agostini is 3-5-1 with a 3.18 goals against average and an .885 save percentage.
"D'Agostini is an experienced goalie who has played at high levels his whole career," Thomas said. "Losing both Defiel and Ruby, I'm glad I was able to pick up Andrew and we are excited to have him here in Macon."
The Mayhem will host the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs this weekend at the Macon Centreplex, with Disco/70's Night on Friday and Star Wars Night on Saturday.
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