MACON, GA – The Macon Mayhem would open the evening on their longest winning streak to begin a season in franchise history. Unfortunately for the Mayhem, the night would not end their way.
Fayetteville’s Dalton Hunter would break loose early and pot the Marksmen’s first goal of the evening just 1:12 into the contest. The Mayhem would battle back with several shots of their own, but Fayetteville’s Conor O’Brien would turn them all away. Tyler Kobryn would notch the next Marksmen goal after collecting his own rebounded shot and putting it past Macon’s Josh Boyko to take a 2-0 Marksmen lead into the locker room.
The second period would start with a peppering of Mayhem shots while Macon was on the powerplay. O’Brien would come up huge several times during this stretch with sprawling saves to keep Macon off the board. Macon and Fayetteville would trade shots back and forth as both Josh Boyko and Conor O’Brien would turn them away. After an excellent Marksmen forecheck kept Macon hemmed in their zone, Fayetteville’s Simon Boyko would spring down the right side and slot the puck home past his brother Josh Boyko. Fayetteville would grasp onto a 3-1 lead heading into the second intermission.
The Mayhem began the final frame on the powerplay but were not able to break one by, as O’Brien continued to stand on his head. After a bevy of shots, the Mayhem would convert on a powerplay. Alex Laplante would receive a cross-ice pass from Alex Cohen while in the slot and tuck it home for the Mayhem. It would be Laplante’s first professional goal after a four-assist weekend against Knoxville. The Mayhem would have plenty of more opportunities, but O’Brien would be a brick wall the rest of the way.
Despite outshooting the Marksmen 37 to 33, the Mayhem would fall for the first time this season by a score of 3-1.
Macon will welcome the Fayetteville Marksmen back tomorrow night as they look for revenge at the Macon Coliseum. It’s Teacher Appreciation Weekend, and teachers are encouraged to take advantage of a special ticket discount just for them. Saturday is also Peanuts Night at the Coliseum as the Mayhem celebrate Halloween in search of the Great Pumpkin. For tickets or more information, visit maconmayhem.com or call us at 478-803-1592.