Baltimore Blast vs. Harrisburg Heat
Saturday, January 6 @ SECU Arena 6:05p.m. EST
Setting the Tone:
Baltimore Blast: 8-2.
First place in the Eastern Division
Previous Game: Defeated Cedar Rapids Rampage 3-2
Harrisburg Heat: 4-7
Fourth place in the Eastern Division
Previous Game: Lost to Syracuse Silver Knights 8-6
12/16/17 Heat defeat Blast 6-5 (SO)
Baltimore Players to Watch:
Baltimore is led on offense by Tony Donatelli, Vini Dantas, and Lucas Roque. Donatelli has 21 points on the season, 12 goals and nine assists, leading the team in each category. His 21 points are eighth in the league. Dantas and Roque are tied for second on the team with 14 points each. Roque, coming off MASL Team of the Week honors, is second on the team with 11 goals on the season. Donatelli and Dantas are questionable to play this weekend, due to groin and hamstring injuries, respectively. The Blast defense is led by 2-time MASL Defender of the Year, Pat Healey, and Adriano Dos Santos. Healey, who leads the team and is second in the MASL with 20 blocked shots on the year, is also questionable to play with a hamstring injury. Dos Santos makes an impact both on offense and defense, with nine points on the year to go along with nine blocked shots. 2-time Goalkeeper of the Year, William Vanzela, is coming off MASL Player of the Week honors. His 4.34 GAA is third in the league and his .754 save percentage is second in the MASL.
The Competition- Harrisburg Heat
The Heat are led on offense by Thiago Freitas, Ricardo Carvalho, and Lucio Gonzaga. Freitas leads the team with 17 assists and 20 points this season. His 17 assists are tied for 1st in the MASL. Carvalho has 11 goals on the year and is second on the team with 17 points. Defender Lucio Gonzaga is a threat both defensively and offensively. Gonzaga leads the team with 19 blocked shots on the year, tied for 3rd in the league, while also leading the team with 13 goals, tied for 8th in the MASL. Reigning MASL Defender of the Year, Stephen Basso, is second on the team with 13 blocked shots. Hugo Silva is in goal for the Heat.
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January 20th 6:05 p.m. EST Harrisburg Heat @ Baltimore Blast