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Mayhem hope force remains strong this weekend

Macon Mayhem players will be putting aside their regular jerseys Saturday to wear ones inspired Chewbacca from the Star Wars movies.
Macon Mayhem players will be putting aside their regular jerseys Saturday to wear ones inspired Chewbacca from the Star Wars movies. jvorhees@macon.com

Looking to keep up momentum, the Macon Mayhem are.

Entrenched in a logjam of teams chasing Pensacola for first place in the SPHL standings, the Mayhem will look to follow up last weekend’s strong performance as they travel to Roanoke on Thursday and host Fayetteville on Saturday.

The Saturday game against the Marksmen, formerly the FireAntz, will also be Star Wars night at the Macon Coliseum. The night will include the Mayhem wearing Star Wars-themed Chewbacca jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game.

On the ice, the Mayhem are hoping for another strong weekend. On Nov. 9-11, Macon (4-3-1, nine points) collected four of six possible points to place them five points out of first and two behind a two-team tie for second behind Peoria and Mississippi.

The Mayhem will be aiming to carry a load on the defensive end of the ice to match what they’ve been able to do offensively as of late.

Scoring hasn’t much of a problem for the Mayhem. Macon is third in the league in goals scored at 29, and it also claims the league’s second-ranked player in points with Daniel Gentzler’s eight while Jake Trask’s six goals also places him second in the SPHL.

On the opposite end of the ice, the Mayhem roll into the weekend looking to build off a defensive effort that saw improvement last weekend in their games against Evansville and Birmingham.

“It’s like I’ve told our guys, ‘I’m not worried about us scoring goals. That’s the least of my concerns; we can score goals,” Mayhem head coach Kevin Kerr said. “(My concern is) keeping them out of our net. We’ve got to be a good defensive team. We all know that’s important to us in the playoffs, and we’ve got to continue to work towards that and playing good defense. I think that (Saturday) was an indication of what we can do defensively.”

Macon’s 27 goals allowed is currently good for eighth in the SPHL, and Macon’s defensive ranking is on its way up after the recent three-game stretch that was anchored by Troy Passingham. In a combined time of a bit less than eight periods of play, Passingham gave up five goals. He is now third in the SPHL in both goals against average (2.29) and save percentage (.921).

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