Baltimore Blast @ Milwaukee Wave
Saturday, February 10 @ UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena 1:05p.m. CST/ 2:05p.m. EST
Setting the Tone:
Baltimore Blast: 14-2
First place in the Eastern Division
Previous Game: Defeated Syracuse Silver Knights 8-7
Milwaukee Wave: 14-3
First place in the Central Division
Previous Game: Defeated St. Louis Ambush 7-5
Baltimore Players to Watch:
The Blast offense is led by Tony Donatelli, Vini Dantas, and Jonatas Melo. Donatelli leads the team in goals (18), assists (17), and points (35). His 35 points are 6th in the league and his 17 assists rank tied for 5th in the MASL. Dantas is second on the team with 17 goals and has 26 points on the year. Melo is second on the team with 13 assists and has 19 points on the season.
Baltimore’s defense is led by Pat Healey and Adriano Dos Santos. Healey, a 2-time Defender of the Year, leads the MASL with 32 blocked shots this season. Dos Santos is a key contributor both on offense and defense. He has 15 blocked shots this season while also being third on the team in assists (11) and fourth on the team in points (18). Joey Kapinos is in goal for the Blast. He is 3-0 with a 4.53 GAA this season.
The Competition- Milwaukee Wave
Milwaukee is led on offense by Ian Bennett, Max Ferdinand and Marcio Leite. Bennett leads the team with 43 goals and 53 points. His 53 points are tied for 1st in the MASL and his 43 goals rank 2nd in the league. Ferdinand leads the MASL with 27 assists and has 37 points on the year, which is 5th in the MASL. Leite is second on the team in goals (15) and assists (14) and has 29 points this season.
The Wave defense is led by Jonatan Santos and Drew Ruggles. Santos leads the team with 27 blocked shots, third in the MASL. Ruggles has 13 blocked shots, while also recording 10 goals on the year. Josh Lemos is in goal for Milwaukee. His 14 wins leads the MASL and he has a 5.59 GAA this season. Lemos also has recorded three goals and eight assists to contribute to the Wave offense.
What’s at stake:
Baltimore can clinch a playoff spot with a win against Milwaukee. The Blast can clinch the Eastern Division with a win AND a Florida Tropics loss to Harrisburg on Friday. Milwaukee has clinched the Central Division title.
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