Denomme flourishes in return, but Mayhem fall in overtime

Macon’s five-game home winning streak ended with a 4-3 overtime defeat to the Fayetteville Marksmen after a back-and-forth battle on Friday night.

The Mayhem tested Fayetteville goaltender Trevor Gorsuch early, forcing him to make quality saves on Stephen Pierog and Shawn Lynch in the opening minutes. His performance in net gave the visiting Marksmen an opportunity to draw first blood, which they took advantage of nine minutes into the contest. John Gustafsson, making his Marksmen debut, wristed a shot from the slot, which snuck through a screened Kevin Entmaa to give Fayetteville a 1-0 edge.

On a Fayetteville power play less than six minutes later, the Mayhem responded. Dylan Denomme, who had been playing his first game for the Mayhem since April of 2018, intercepted a breakout pass in the neutral zone. He accelerated down the Fayetteville slot and ripped the puck over Gorsuch’s glove and into the net. The goal marked Macon’s first shorthanded goal of the season, and electrified the Macon Centreplex. A 1-1 score followed heading into the first intermission.

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