Mayhem pull into second place tie with Ice Flyers after 4-2 win
MACON, Ga. -- With two games left in the regular season, the Macon Mayhem are playing arguably their best hockey of the season. The team has won seven of its last nine games, including tonight's 4-2 win over second-place Pensacola.
With this win, the Mayhem pull into a tie with the Ice Flyers at 70 points apiece, with just two games left in the season to take sole possession of the No. 2 seed heading into the playoffs.
“We seem to be playing our best hockey at the right time. I like the way this team is coming together," head coach Kevin Kerr said. "They battled really hard tonight on both ends of the ice, and I thought we played just an all-around really good game.”
Rookie Charlie Finn was the player of the game, stopping 30 of the Ice Flyer's 32 shots on goal in the game. He earned his 18th win in his 30th start of the season.
John Siemer put the Mayhem on the board in the first period with the only goal for either team. Macon out-shot Pensacola 17-4 in the opening period.
The Ice Flyers would respond in the second, with a Charlie Adams shot finding the back of the net to tie the game. Dylan Vander Esch would score a goal in the final minutes of the second period, giving the Mayhem a lead that they wouldn't give up.
The Mayhem return to action tomorrow, traveling to Birmingham to take on the Bulls. They conclude their season on Saturday at home, when the Evansville Thunderbolts come to the Centreplex. Puck drops at 7:35 p.m. on Saturday for the last time before the playoffs start.