11/11/2017 10:18 AM -
Evansville, Ind: Evansville came into tonight’s game on a 3-game win streak, dating back to last weekend against Roanoke, and with high expectations after coming up victorious last night in Macon. However, the Mayhem would come out just a bit more hungry, and even though Evansville’s special teams looked good, and they outshot Macon, it would be the Mayhem coming up with the 6-4 win.
Macon would jump out and score the lone goal of the 1st period, as Jake Gentzler would beat Jonah Imoo at the 12:42 mark, to make it 1-0. It would stay that way going into the 2nd period and Macon would score twice within a minute to take a 3-0 lead, off of goals by Stephen Pierog and Dennis Sicard, at the 4:55 and 5:38 marks, respectively. Evansville would gain steam after this, however. A blast by Cory Melkert would break the Macon shutout at the 12:53 mark, followed by a power play goal at 15:49 by Justin MacDonald, his 8th goal in 8 games, to make it a 3-2 hockey game. It would be a back and forth battle in the 3rd, as Macon would regain the 2-goal lead early in the 3rd, at the 3:05 mark, as Darren McCormick would beat Imoo to make it 4-2. Only 26 seconds later, however, on a 2 on 1, Mark Petaccio would snipe a shot past Troy Passingham to make it a 1-goal lead again. Macon would pull away, however, on goals from Gentzler and Caleb Cameron, the 2nd of the two being on the power play, to make it 6-3. Evansville would get some life back after John Scorcia batted a mid-air shot past Passingham with 5:07 remaining to make it 6-4, but that would be all for Evansville and Macon would win this one, 6-4.
For Macon, Gentzler had 2 goals, Cameron and McCormick had a goal and assist each, Pierog and Sicard would score a goal each, and Passingham would make 43 saves on 47 shots for the win. For Evansville, Scorcia would have a goal and assist, and goals would also be scored by MacDonald, Melkert, and Petaccio. Imoo would stop 27 of 33 shots for the loss. Attendance at tonight’s game at the Macon Coliseum was 1,513. Evansville returns home on Friday, Nov. 17 to take on the Peoria Rivermen for Military Appreciation Night.
About Evansville Thunderbolts: The Evansville Thunderbolts is the area’s only professional hockey team. The Thunderbolts are a proud member of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). The team is owned and operated by VW Sports, L.L.C, a subsidiary of VenuWorks, Inc. www.evansvillethunderbolts.com