Mayhem Rally to Defeat Rail Yard Dawgs, 5-4
ROANOKE, VA- The Macon Mayhem rallied from two goals down in the second period, as they defeated the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs 5-4 on Friday night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The two teams matched the scoring total from Thursday in the first period on Friday night. Roanoke's Riley Spraggs found himself wide open in front on the power play and buried a one-timer past Mayhem goaltender Troy Passingham. On the Mayhem's ensuing power play, Dakota Klecha walked out front from the corner and jammed the shot home to tie the game. With just over a minute remaining in the period, John Gustafsson fired a shot past Passingham on a two-on-one to reclaim the lead.
Macon's Caleb Cameron scored the opening goal of the second period, tying up the game two minutes into the period. Roanoke followed up with a pair of unanswered goals from Eric Witzel and Maxime Guyon, however, to take the 4-2 lead. Late in the second, Cameron scored his second goal of the game on the power play to cut the Roanoke lead in half.
The Mayhem tallied two unanswered goals in the final period to skate away with a much-needed 5-4 victory in the game. Captain Daniel Gentzler tied the game on the power play about halfway through the period. With under four minutes remaining, leading scorer Jake Trask scored the game-winning goal on a two-on-one.
Troy Passingham started his first game of the weekend and saved 28 of the 30 shots he faced en route to his eighth victory of the season.
Caleb Cameron stayed hot on Friday, as he scored two goals in the game. He now has six goals, one assist and seven points over his last eight games played.
Dakota Klecha and John Siemer both collected three points on the night. Klecha, who tallied one goal and two assists, now has three goals, six assists and nine points in nine games for the Mayhem. Siemer recorded three assists, and he now has 13 goals, 28 assists and 41 points in 48 games this season.
Mayhem leading scorer Jake Trask scored the game-winning goal in the third period - his 23rd goal of the season - and tallied his 36th assist of the season. That goal extended his current point streak to seven games, over which he has three goals, eight assists and 11 points. He also extended his assist streak to six game, which is the longest by a Mayhem player this season.
The Mayhem were nearly unstoppable on the power play tonight, as they scored on three of their four man-advantage opportunities.
Macon Mayhem: 27-16-5 (59 points; 4th Place)
Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs: 22-22-4 (48 points; T-7th Place)
BACK IN ACTION
The Mayhem finish up the weekend on the road against the Fayetteville Marksmen on Saturday, and they continue their road trip next Friday and Saturday against the Peoria Rivermen.
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 www.MaconMayhem.com or call the Mayhem Front Office at (478) 803-1592.
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