The Mayhem were stumped by Joseph Murdaca in Knoxville on Friday night, falling to the Ice Bears by a 2-1 final score.
The game started with a plethora of chances for the Ice Bears. Hayden Stewart fought off an early shot with his pads, and denied Brian Bachnak on a breakaway just moments later. Four minutes into the contest, Ben Campbell inadvertently sent the puck off Stewart’s pads and it bounced straight to Knoxville’s Josh Pietrantonio. The former Mayhem forward buried his opportunity, and gave the hosts a 1-0 lead.
Shortly after a Macon penalty kill had expired, the Ice Bears rushed the puck into the attacking zone. Gehrett Sargis set up Knoxville’s leading scorer, Scott Cuthrell, in the left circle, where he hammered a one-timer past Stewart. The goal doubled up the Ice Bears’ lead heading into the first intermission.
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