MACON, Ga. -- The Macon Mayhem (28-8-5) got goals from four different players as the Mississippi RiverKings (24-18-2) dropped the first game of a two-game series in Macon 4-0 on Friday night.
The Mayhem jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first. Stephen Pierog took a pass from Matt Summers and wristed a shot past Brad Barone at the 5:20 mark of the first period to give the Mayhem a 1-0 lead. Summers added to Macon's lead as he hammered home a rebound 14:11 into the first to extend the RiverKing deficit to 2-0 going into the first intermission.
In the second, the Mayhem grew their lead to three. Daniel Gentzler lifted a rebound to the back of the net with a shot from the doorstep on the power play, giving Macon a 3-0 lead going into the third period.
Macon did not relent in the third. Mark Rivera wristed a shot off the the post through traffic for the Mayhem's third power play goal of the night to give the hometeam a 4-0 lead. The Mayhem held on to shutout the RiverKings in the first of this weekend's two-game series.
Brad Barone (14-11-2) took the loss after stopping 28 of 32 shots against. Jordan Ruby (17-4-3) stopped all 27 shots against in the win.
The RiverKings were held scoreless on seven power play opportunities, while the Mayhem went three for eight with the man advantage.
The Mississippi RiverKings and Mayhem will square off again tomorrow night for game two of the two-game series tomorrow night at 6:35 p.m. from Macon. The RiverKings return to Landers Center on Saturday, March 11 to take on Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs for RiverKings Care Night at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and details, visit RiverKings.com or call 662-342-1755.
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