Game plan remains the same for Mayhem in Cup Finals

Mayhem Head Coach Kevin Kerr talks about the team's plan heading into the President's Cup Finals against Peoria. /(Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

MACON, GA -- Dance with who brought you. That's the old saying coaches have when it comes to the postseason.

Don't do anything different, just play your game. Kevin Kerr is telling the Macon Mayhem to stick to what they do best.

"We got to capitalize on our scoring chances and making sure we defend well," Kerr said. "They're a good cycling team. They play good in the offensive zone."

After a sweep of defending-champion Pensacola in the semifinals, the Mayhem face off against Peoria in the President's Cup Finals Friday night in Illinois for Game 1. The Mayhem and Rivermen haven't met since January with the Peoria holding a 2-1-1 advantage this season.

Despite the unfamiliarity, Kerr is fairly confident their same philosophy will pay off in the finals. The Mayhem have to take care of the puck in their own zone and turn defense into offense.

"We got to manage the front of the net," Duncan said. "We got to make sure our D is boxing out and managing the front of the net and taking care of business in our own zone. If we do that, I like our chances in the offensive zone."

Both Macon and Peoria are two of the league's highest scoring teams averaging 2.6 goals per game. The puck will drop 8:30 p.m. ET Friday at the Peoria Civic Center for Game 1. The series will shift back to Macon for Game 2 Sunday at 6:00 p.m. with Game 3 set for Monday at 7:35 p.m. if necessary.

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