Photo: Bryan Meeks
In a back-and-forth affair on Harley Night, the Mayhem tied the score three separate times but ultimately fell by a 4-3 decision in the shootout.
Macon had the bulk of high-end scoring chances during the opening period, despite the shots on goal being level at 11 apiece heading into the first intermission. Stephen Klein (Roanoke) and Alex Fotinos (Macon) were both perfect in net through the first 20 minutes. Stephen Pierog generated a handful of chances for the home side early, whether he was setting up teammates or pulling the trigger himself. However, the Mayhem could not find twine in the first.
There were 46 seconds of carryover time on a Macon power play to start the middle period, but the Rail Yard Dawgs promptly fought it off. Shortly afterward, Shayne Morrissey stole the puck at the right point of the Macon zone. He then skittered it down the half wall to Josh Nenadal, who worked a return pass to Morrissey in the right circle. The SPHL veteran ripped a wrist shot just off the inside of the left post, giving the visitors a 1-0 advantage.
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