Slow Start Sinks Mayhem in Huntsville
Kicking off a two-game road series in Huntsville on Friday night, the Mayhem fell behind quickly in the first period and dropped a 6-3 decision to the Havoc.
Pat Condon, playing in his first game against Macon, received a pass in the mid-slot from Tyler Piacentini before ripping a wrist shot past Tanner Creel just 91 seconds into the contest. Another Huntsville defenseman, Peter Sikalis, built upon the Havoc's lead with a pair of goals to give the home side a three-goal advantage inside of 16 minutes of play.
Just over a minute after his team went down 3-0, Jake Trask responded in an enormous way with two goals within a span of 2:15. He finished off a play set up by Caleb Cameron first, and followed it up by burying a one-timer from point-blank range past Max Milosek. The pass came to him from John Siemer, who had outraced the opposition to the puck in the right corner to set Trask up with the opportunity.
Huntsville quelled Macon's second period comeback hopes by striking three times to accumulate a four-goal advantage. Sy Nutkevitch finished off a nice passing play between Piacentini and Stephen Hrehoriak, followed by a wraparound goal by Trevor Gerling. 13:30 into the second period, Kyle Sharkey sniped a shot over Creel's shoulder from the left circle on a Huntsville power play to give the Havoc a 6-2 lead.
Macon managed to score a power play goal in the final 1:02 of the second period, with Alexander Taulien smashing a rebound past Milosek to give the Mayhem a glimmer of life heading into the second intermission.
The Havoc altered their game plan in the third period and hunkered down defensively, limiting Macon's scoring chances at the expense of their own. The scoreless closing stanza resulted in a 6-3 result in favor of the Havoc.
Creel was dealt his 13th defeat on the season, stopping 35 of 41 shots on net. Milosek countered with his 15th win, turning aside 35 of 38 Macon shots. The Mayhem will wrap up the road series at Von Braun Center tomorrow night. Puck drops at 7 pm CST/8 pm EST.
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