Mayhem Week at a Glance: Mayhem Battle First-Place Peoria Rivermen
MACON, GA - After taking two of three games this past weekend, the Macon Mayhem stay on the road to battle the first-place Peoria Rivermen on Friday and Saturday night.
The Mayhem traveled to Roanoke for a pair of games on Thursday and Friday, skating away with a split of the two games. They fell on Thursday 2-1, but they bounced back with a thrilling 5-4 victory on Friday. The team then ended the weekend with a dominant 4-1 victory over the Fayetteville Marksmen. John Siemer led the team offensively on the weekend with one goal, four assists and five points.
Macon continues their six-game road trip with two games against the first-place Rivermen on Friday and Saturday. The Mayhem currently sit nine points back of Peoria for first place with seven games remaining in the season.
Peoria Rivermen Preview (as of March 20)
2017-2018 Team Record: 33-12-4 (70 points; 1st Place)
Season Series (Last Meeting): Peoria 1-0-0 vs. Macon (6-3 Rivermen win on February 11)
Leading Scorer: Alec Hagaman (45 games played, 22 goals, 31 assists, 53 points, +32)
Goaltending Situation: Peter Di Salvo (with Peoria: 15 GP, 9-3-1 record, 2.94 goals against average, .898 save percentage); Mason Pulde (6 GP, 3-0-1 record, 1.40 GAA, .963 SV%)
Peoria has been one of the best teams in the league all season, and that has not changed recently. They have surpassed the Mayhem over the past couple of weeks as the highest-scoring team in the league, averaging 3.84 goals per game. They also rank second in the SPHL in goals against per game at 2.88. Both facets of their special teams rank in the top half of the league, as they sport the second-best power play at 20.18% and the fourth-best penalty kill at 83.61%. They have been very hot over the past couple of months, as they have gone 11-3-3 in 17 games since the start of February. Over that stretch, they are averaging 4.00 goals per game and are allowing 2.94 goals per game.
The Mayhem announced on Tuesday that defenseman Vinny Muto has returned from loan to the ECHL. The 6-2, 210-pound defenseman was originally loaned to the Worcester Railers on January 2, and since then, he has played 25 games in the ECHL between the Railers, Florida Everblades and Jacksonville Icemen. Over those 25 games, Muto had one goal, four assists and five points. In 18 games for the Mayhem this season, the former Niagara University Purple Eagle has two goals, nine assists, 11 points and is plus-seven.
For Macon Mayhem regular season and playoff ticket information, visit MaconMayhem.com or call the Mayhem Front Office at (478) 803-1592.
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