Mayhem Host Peoria Sunday After Pair of Road Games
MACON, GA- The Macon Mayhem are set for three of games this week, starting Tuesday morning on the road in Mississippi and ending on Sunday at home against the Peoria Rivermen.
The Mayhem had a Jekyll and Hyde weekend against the Mississippi RiverKings, as they were victorious 6-1 on Friday but lost 8-3 on Saturday. Macon jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first two periods of Friday's game before a third period Mississippi goal ended Charlie Finn's shutout bid. The RiverKings jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Saturday before the Mayhem rallied back to tie the game early in the second period. Mississippi scored six consecutive goals over the second and third period to take an 8-2 lead and ultimately won 8-3.
The Mayhem travel to Mississippi on Tuesday for a school-day game at 10:30 AM CST. The team will be in Fayetteville on Saturday before returning to Macon on Sunday against the Peoria Rivermen. Sunday is Faith and Family Day, and all fans who bring that day's church bulletin to the game will receive a $10 ticket. The team is also offering buy-one, get-one free tickets for Sunday's game. Puck drop is at 4:05 PM from the Macon Coliseum. There will also be a post-game skate with the Mayhem players on Sunday, and the post-game skate is $8 with a ticket stub from Sunday's game.
Mississippi RiverKings Preview
2017-2018 Team Record (As of February 5th): 16-17-2 (34 points; 7th Place)
Season Series (Last Meeting): Mayhem lead series 2-1-0 (RiverKings win 8-3 on February 3rd)
Leading Scorer: Devin Mantha (35 games played, 13 goals, 20 assists, 33 points)
Starting Goaltender: Tyler Green (30 GP, 13-12-2 record, 2.96 goals against average, 0.903 save percentage)
Mississippi ended their three-game losing streak with their 8-3 win over Macon on Saturday. They started the season 10-3-0, but have won just six of their last 22 games. Leading scorer Devin Mantha recorded four points on Saturday and has 12 points in his last 10 games. The RiverKings have moved up to seventh in goals per game at 2.97, but they have fallen to fourth in goals against per game at 3.17. The strongest part of the team is their penalty kill, as they rank second in penalty kill percentage at 86.98% after killing off nine of the 10 Mayhem power plays.
Fayetteville Marksmen Preview
2017-2018 Team Record (As of February 5th): 10-19-6 (26 points; 9th Place)
Season Series (Last Meeting): Mayhem lead series 5-0-1 (6-3 Mayhem win on January 27th)
Leading Scorer: Center Jake Hauswirth (35 GP, 18 goals, 25 assists, 43 points - 1st in SPHL)
Starting Goaltender: Patrick Spano (with Fayetteville: 8 GP, 2-5-1 record, 3.95 GAA, 0.900 SV%)
Fayetteville still sits in ninth place at 10-19-6, but they have been better lately, as they are 4-5-1 since the beginning of January. In those 10 games, they have scored 2.90 goals per game, which is up from the 2.80 goals they have scored per game this season. They have also allowed just 3.40 goals per game in this stretch, down from the 4.34 they allow per game this season. Jake Hauswirth continues to lead the offense, as he is now back atop the SPHL's leaderboard in points with 43 on the season.
Peoria Rivermen Preview
2017-2018 Team Record (As of February 5th): 23-9-2 (48 points; 2nd Place)
Season Series (Last Meeting): No meetings between Mayhem and Rivermen this season
Leading Scorer: Dave Pszenyczny (34 GP, 7 goals, 31 assists, 38 points - T-5th in SPHL)
Goaltender Situation: Tyler Parks (14 GP, 10-3-1 record, 2.64 GAA, 0.918 SV%); Peter Di Salvo (with Peoria: 2 GP, 2-0-0 record, 2.50 GAA, 0.900 SV%)
The Mayhem have not matched up with the Rivermen yet this season, but Peoria is again one of the top teams in the league. Defenseman Dave Pszenyczny, winger Alec Hagaman, and winger Connor Gorman return from last year's team and are again three of the top players on the team. Peoria recently acquired winger Keegan Bruce in a trade with Birmingham, and through five games, Bruce has two goals, four assists and six points. This will be a matchup of the two top scoring teams in the league, as the Rivermen average just under four goals per game. Peoria is also great in goal prevention, as they rank second in in goals against per game.
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