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A Look Back at the 2017-2018 Macon Mayhem Season

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MACON, GA- The Macon Mayhem failed to defend their President’s Cup championship in the 2017-2018 season, losing in the semi-finals to the eventual champions, the Huntsville Havoc. The Mayhem had a tremendous third season in Macon, one was filled with marks, memories and milestones from individuals and the team as a whole.

 

SEASON SUMMARY

 

The Mayhem were once again one of the top teams in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), finishing second in the league standings. The team compiled a record of 33-16-7 during the regular season, including a 17-9-2 record at the Macon Coliseum. The Mayhem tallied the most goals in the league during the regular season, scoring 214 goals over the 56-game regular season. Those 214 goals led to a league-high 365 assists and 583 points. One of the reasons for the team’s high-octane offense was its very efficient power play, which scored a league-most 52 power play goals in the regular season. After not scoring a single hat trick as a team last season, the Mayhem had five different players record hat tricks during the regular season and postseason this year.

 

The Mayhem entered the postseason as the two-seed, and they chose to challenge the six-seed Evansville Thunderbolts in the inaugural Challenge Round. After falling 2-1 in game one of the series, the Mayhem rallied to win 6-2 in game two and 8-0 in game three to advance to the President’s Cup Semi-Finals.

 

In a matchup with the Huntsville Havoc, the eventual President’s Cup champions, in the semi-finals, the Mayhem fought until the bitter end and lost in overtime of the series-deciding game three. Macon took game one of the series at the Huntsville IcePlex, holding on for a 6-4 win. The Havoc then rallied and downed the Mayhem 8-2 in game two of the series at the Macon Coliseum. In game three in Macon, the Mayhem took a 2-1 lead with three minutes left in the third period. Huntsville tied the game with just over a minute left and scored the game-winning-goal in the first overtime period, ending the Mayhem’s season.

 

MAYHEM MOMENTS AND MEMORIES

 

The 2017-2018 season was filled with many firsts and superlatives, for both individuals and the team, that made the season a special one for the Mayhem.

 

  • December 15, 2017: Mayhem defeated the Fayetteville Marksmen 10-2, marking the most goals the Mayhem have scored in a game in team history.
  • December 16, 2017: Mayhem defeated Fayetteville 9-0, recording the largest margin of victory in team history.
  • January 12, 2018: Mayhem scored six goals in the second period of a 7-1 win over the Huntsville Havoc, a team-record for the most goals scored in a single period.
  • March 31, 2018: Dakota Klecha scored his 20th goal of the season in the Mayhem’s 4-1 win over the Fayetteville Marksmen. This marks the first time Klecha has reached the 20-goal mark in his professional career. Klecha had 21 goals, 17 assists and 38 points in 54 games between Macon, Fayetteville and the Peoria Rivermen, setting a new professional career high in goals and points.
  • April 6, 2018: John Siemer scored his 20th goal of the season in the team’s 7-0 win over the Birmingham Bulls. This goal marked the first 20-goal season of Siemer’s professional career. He finished the regular season with 20 goals, 32 assists and 52 points, which were all professional career-highs.
  • April 6, 2018: Caleb Cameron scored his 20th goal of the season in the team’s 7-0 win over the Birmingham Bulls. In his rookie year, Cameron finished with 20 goals, 20 assists and 40 points in 45 games. Cameron ranked third amongst rookies in points, fourth in goals and tied for second in assists.
  • April 15, 2018: Mayhem defeated the Evansville Thunderbolts 8-0 in game three of the Challenge Round, marking the most goals scored in a playoff game in team history and the largest margin of victory in a playoff game in team history.
  • April 15, 2018: Charlie Finn recorded his first career professional shutout in the team’s 8-0 victory. Finn stopped all 40 shots he faced in the series-clinching victory, which is the Mayhem’s first playoff shutout in team history.

 

MAYHEM MILESTONES

 

The Mayhem had a great mix of veterans and young stars this season, and a few of the veterans tallied career accomplishments along the way this season.

 

  • January 14, 2018: Mayhem captain Daniel Gentzler recorded an assist in the team’s 4-2 win over the Pensacola Ice Flyers, collecting his 100th career SPHL point. Gentzler finished the season with 12 goals, 32 assists and 44 points, setting a new career-high in assists and points. His 44 points ranked him second among SPHL defensemen in the regular season. In his three-year SPHL career, Gentzler has 37 goals, 83 assists and 120 points in 151 regular season games.
  • February 11, 2018: Jake Trask recorded his 200th career SPHL point in the team’s 6-3 loss against the Peoria Rivermen. Trask had a career-year in 2017-2018 season, as he posted career-highs with 27 goals, 42 assists and 69 points over 54 regular season games. He ranked second in the league in points, third in goals and fourth in assists. His previous career-high in points was 2016-2017, when he posted 48 points in the regular season. Trask has 98 goals, 127 assists and 225 points in 240 career SPHL games.
  • March 30, 2018: Trask scored his 100th professional goal in the Mayhem’s 6-1 win over Fayetteville. In 277 professional games between the SPHL, ECHL and CHL, Trask has 101 goals, 135 points and 236 points.

 

MAYHEM IN THE ECHL

 

Macon battled through ECHL loans all season, which made their season truly remarkable. The Mayhem were able to stay in the top half of the standings all season and finish second, despite having multiple players in the ECHL all throughout the season.

 

  • 14 different players were loaned to an ECHL team during the 2017-2018 season, the highest total in the SPHL.
  • The 14 players compiled 24 separate loan opportunities throughout the season.
  • Five players – Chris Izmirlian, Stephen Pierog, Chris Joseph, Eric Shand and Greg Dodds – completed their seasons in the ECHL and were not on the Mayhem playoff roster.
  • The 14 Mayhem players totaled 227 ECHL games this season, recording 62 total points.
  • Pierog and Shand appeared in two ECHL postseason games apiece for the Atlanta Gladiators against the Florida Everblades.
  • The Atlanta Gladiators faced off against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on February 13, 2018 – a game in which seven players who played for the Mayhem this season appeared in the game. All five starting skaters for the Gladiators – Brandon Pfeil, Eric Shand, Daniel Gentzler, Stephen Pierog and Jake Trask – played for the Mayhem this season. Gentzler scored his first career ECHL goal in the game and also recorded an assist. Daniel Echeverri and Greg Dodds were on the Greenville roster for the game.

 

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The above article was taken from the team web site.  I enjoy these types of articles even when it's about the other guys.

  • April 15, 2018: Charlie Finn recorded his first career professional shutout in the team’s 8-0 victory. Finn stopped all 40 shots he faced in the series-clinching victory, which is the Mayhem’s first playoff shutout in team history.

Just a small bit of editing needed.  It was actually the 2nd playoff shut out in team history as Jordan Ruby stopped 37 Columbus shots in a 1-0 Macon win in Game 2 of last year's first round to even the series at 1 game a piece.  Macon won game 3 of the series and went on to win the Cup.

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