Mayhem Game Notes: Mayhem at Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs
LAST GAME PLAYED:
The Mayhem collected a thrilling 5-4 overtime victory over the Huntsville Havoc in their last game. In his second game with the team, Dylan Vander Esch tallied two goals and one assist, including the game-winner in overtime. Roanoke defeated Macon 5-2 last Friday, but they fell 6-3 to the Knoxville Ice Bears on the road on Saturday.
SCOUTING THE DAWGS:
After defeating the Mayhem on Friday 5-2, Roanoke fell 6-3 to the Knoxville Ice Bears on Saturday night. They are 2-2-1 over their past five games and 7-2-1 over their last 10 games.
Over their past 10 games, they have scored 3.9 goals per game and allowed just 2.6 goals per game in that same time span. They also get a huge piece of their team back, as starting goaltender Brad Barone has returned from loan to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the ECHL. In 27 games this season, Barone is 11-10-2 with a 2.94 goals against average (GAA) and a league-leading .920 save percentage (SV%). The February STX Player of the Month went 5-0-1 in February with a 1.51 GAA and a .953 SV%.
OUT OF THE GATES:
It may be a simple plan, but the key for the Mayhem is starting quickly and protecting the lead. When the Mayhem score first, they are 17-4-3 on the season. They have a record of 14-0-1 when they take the lead into the first intermission, but they have held the lead after one period just six times on the road (5-0-1 record).
When the Mayhem lead after two periods, they are 19-0-2, but that has occurred just eight times on the road (6-0-2 record).
The Mayhem were in the midst of a five-for-66 streak (7.8%) on the power play entering Saturday's game against Huntsville, but they got back on track, converting on two of their seven power play chances. It was the first time they had scored a power play goal in their last four games, and it was their first time scoring multiple man- advantage goals since going two-for-seven on February 11th against Peoria.
After going 22-7-2 on the road in the regular season and postseason last year, the Mayhem are once again one of the better road teams in the SPHL. They have gone 11-6-4 away from Macon, with three of those losses all coming in a row in early February.
BACK IN ACTION:
The boys stay on the road for two more games this weekend, as they face Roanoke again Friday and travel to Fayetteville to take on the Marksmen on Saturday.
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