Mayhem not underestimating scrappy Cottonmouths

Mayhem right winger Dennis Sicard celebrates after scoring against the Columbus Cottonmouths. (Mason Prince, WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- The Macon Mayhem have clinched home-ice advantage throughout the SPHL playoffs as the number one overall seed. However, because of a scheduling conflict at the Macon Centreplex, the Blue Sweaters will have to play all three games of their opening round series on the road in Columbus against the Cottonmouths.

It's a typical one/eight seed match up, but the Mayhem have had some trouble with the Cottonmouths this season. After winning four of the first five games against Columbus, Macon has dropped three in a row to their in-state rivals.

"I think the last few games we just kind of let them hang around," said Mayhem right winger Jake Trask. "I don't really think there are any bad teams in this league. Anyone can beat anyone on any given night so I think we've just got to work hard and play our game I think we'll be okay."

The Mayhem are the favorites to win the first round series, but they are not overlooking a scrappy Columbus team.

"They're a hard working team that doesn't give up," said Mayhem assistant coach Leo Thomas. "They might not have a lot of skill but they work hard every shift and they don't take shifts off so we have to match that and use our skill."

The Mayhem and Cottonmouths begin their three-game series Tuesday night in Columbus.

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