Glory is fleeting. And in hockey, so is momentum.
The Macon Mayhem saw a two-goal lead in the final 10 minutes evaporate Friday at the Macon Coliseum against Pensacola, losing 3-2 on an overtime goal by Nathan Bruyere after a pair of third-period scores by Roger Tagoona tied the game.
Macon, which snapped a two-game scoreless streak Friday, got goals from Junior Harris and Matt Summers, with the Summers goal giving Macon a 2-0 lead with 10:20 to play.
The momentum didn’t last long, however, as the Ice Flyers got on the board 67 seconds later on Tagoona’s first goal before tying the game to send it to overtime.
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Macon (18-6-5) has now lost five games in a row, earning two points during that stretch.
Four who mattered
Harris: Playing in his first game with the Mayhem, he ended a Macon scoring drought that had lasted two games, blasting a slap shot past Pensacola goalie Matt Zenzola for the first goal of the game 8:05 into the second period.
Summers: Summers showed why he is one of the team’s captain’s when he gave the Mayhem what appeared to be an insurance goal 9:40 into the third when he hustled his way into position to redirect a shot from the point by Daniel Sobotka.
Tagoona: He single-handedly erased a two-goal Mayhem lead, punching one loose puck in off a backdoor pass 10:47 into the third period and tying the game four minutes later.
Bruyere: His shot from the center slot in overtime completed Pensacola’s come-from-behind win in overtime as the puck got past the left side of Mayhem goalie Jordan Ruby.
Finishing move lacking: With 10 minutes to play, the game was setting up for a low-scoring Mayhem win and possible shutout by Ruby. But Macon was unable to close the game out, especially on the defensive end as a pair of breakdowns led to a pair of Ice Flyers goals. If there’s one point of focus moving forward, it’ll be the importance of playing a full 60 minutes of a game.
Ceremonial puck drop: Telegraph publisher Don Bailey took part in a ceremonial puck drop before Friday’s game as part of it being Telegraph night.
Roster moves: The Mayhem’s roster was shuffled a bit heading into Friday. Forward Collin MacDonald was serving a one-game suspension for an incident Jan. 21 against Knoxville and defenseman Ryan Michel was placed on the 21-day injured reserve. The Mayhem this week released forward Joel Whetmore and signed defenseman Marc Thompson and Harris. Both players came from the FHL, a league regarded as one step below the SPHL. Harris played for Pensacola last season.
They said it
Mayhem forward Dennis Sicard on losing the two-goal lead: “Halfway through the game, we kind of took over the game and let them come back, and that’s what happens. It’s a tough loss for us, but you can’t think about that stuff. You have to move forward, (Saturday) is a new day.”
Sicard on the team’s biggest detriment right now: “It’s just putting out a full 60-minute game. We threw out 30, maybe 40 for a few nights here or there, but it takes a full game to make things happen.”
The Mayhem travel to Pensacola on Saturday before hosting Huntsville Friday and Feb. 4.