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Mayhem Stun Dawgs in Frantic Third Period Comeback

December 7, 2018 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Macon Mayhem News Release

Opening a six-game home stand on Friday night, the Mayhem rallied late in the third period and edged the Rail Yard Dawgs by a 4-3 decision.

Starting the game out with a couple of strong shifts, the Mayhem quickly found themselves on the defensive as Dillon Fox motored through the neutral zone and split through the Macon defensemen. He gained a breakaway and fired, missing the net and retrieving the puck behind the goal. He set up Jeff Jones for a tap-in goal to give Roanoke a 1-0 lead just 1:27 into the game.

Only 1:13 later, Derek Sutliffe redirected a point shot taken by Kristaps Bazevics to beat Tanner Creel and tie the game. At 17:54, on a Mayhem power play, Sutliffe buried his second goal of the period. He was set up by John Siemer on a circle-to-circle pass and ripped it past Creel's blocker to give Macon its first lead of the game.

The greatest scoring opportunity in the second period came when Jake Trask centered a pass for Stathis Soumelidis uncontested in the low slot. Soumelidis ripped a shot on Creel, who flung up his glove to just barely glance the puck out of play with an enormous point-blank save. Ian Sylves stopped all 11 shots he faced in the middle stanza.

All season, the Mayhem had not lost a game when entering a period with a lead. It looked as though that would change when Roanoke scored back-to-back goals early in the third. Brian Rowland sniped a shot over Sylves' shoulder on a Rail Yard Dawgs power play. Mac Jansen regained Roanoke's lead 7:39 into the third, capitalizing off a defensive zone breakdown by the Mayhem.

Five minutes later, the Mayhem turned the period around. They went to a power play and scored just as it expired, with Jimmy Soper burying his fourth goal on the season. Less than four minutes after Soper's strike, Trask cut into the slot and rifled a backhand shot over Creel's blocker, regaining the Mayhem lead and electrifying the Macon Centreplex.

Sylves and the Mayhem fought off Roanoke's last-minute comeback attempt, and secured their fourth consecutive win. Sylves made 27 of a possible 30 saves, earning his second victory of the season. Creel was charged with his sixth defeat on the campaign, turning aside 28 of 32. The Mayhem will close out the weekend tomorrow on Star Wars Night. Puck drops at 7:35 pm ET.

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