LAFAYETTE, La. – Training camp week comes to an end and teams now ready themselves for the long regular season ahead. Teams will make their final cuts on Wednesday and announce their 19-man opening-night rosters. Later this week, we will publish our season previews. Today, we have final camp updates from Knoxville and Macon.
Ice Bears Shift Focus to Regular-Season Opener
Mayhem Return to Work after Exhibition Loss
The Mayhem got back on the ice with a spirited practice on Monday after a day off on Sunday and Saturday night’s exhibition game at Birmingham.
So are the Mayhem putting much stock into the stats and final score of a 6-1 loss to the Bulls? The answer appears to be no. Macon took the ice with more of its inexperienced players, eyeing to evaluate players as the Mayhem work to whittle their roster down. For that reason, multiple players with experience were held out. Notable scratches were goalie Kevin Entmaa, forwards Danny Cesarz & Stathis Soumelidis, and defenseman Zach Urban. The way Mayhem head coach Leo Thomas sees it, these players have logged plenty of minutes for Macon, and their ability to play in the SPHL is well-known.
Macon’s roster, however, is now down to 20 players. Seth Gustin, Jiri Pestuka, Joe Young, Chad Herron, Evan Mackintosh, and Yegon Baynin have all been released. With Young’s release, the Mayhem now are down to two goalies – Entmaa and Alex Fotinos. Barring an expected injury or ECHL callup, look for Macon the start the season with these two between the pipes.
One player that’s raising eyebrows so far in camp is Stepan Timofeyev. According to coach Thomas, the St. Petersburg, Russia, product is pushing experienced players for ice time.
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