ROANOKE, Va – With the regular season coming to an end, every point counts with home-ice advantage on the line for the playoff-bound Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs. The Macon Mayhem did their best to ruin those plans Thursday night, but a 6-5 win for the Dawgs was the icing on the cake on a record night. Roanoke captain Mac Jansen played his 179th game, setting a new franchise record.
It was a sluggish start for the Dawgs, and the Mayhem took full advantage of it, scoring their first two goals 70 seconds apart in the first period. Macon’s second-period goal prompted a change in the Roanoke net, as Brody Claeys came in for starter Austyn Roudebush. The Dawgs got on the board when Jordan Xavier fed a pass to Gehrett Sargis for a goal, making the score 3-1. This brought momentum for the Dawgs, as the third period saw a fantastic comeback. The Dawgs made four goals in the third period. Macon’s two other goals sent the game into overtime with a 5-5 score.
After a scoreless OT, a shootout was needed. By the time each team had gone through their five shootout players, Roanoke’s Jordan Xavier was the only one to score, winning the game for the Dawgs.
Check out the photo gallery from Field Pass Hockey’s Michele Hancock for highlights from the game.
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