Baltimore Blast @ Syracuse Silver Knights
Friday, January 12 @ Oncenter War Memorial Arena 7:05p.m. EST
Setting the Tone:
Baltimore Blast: 9-2.
First place in the Eastern Division
Previous Game: Defeated Harrisburg Heat 4-3 (OT)
Syracuse Silver Knights: 5-4
Second place in the Eastern Division
Previous Game: Defeated Florida 10-9
11/17/17 Blast defeat Silver Knights 7-6
Baltimore Players to Watch:
The Blast are led on offense by Tony Donatelli, Vini Dantas, and Jonatas Melo. Donatelli has 12 goals and nine assists, for 21 points on the year to lead the Blast in each category. Dantas is second on the team with eight goals on the season. Dantas is questionable to play with a hamstring injury. Melo is second on the team with seven assists and has 12 points this season. The Blast have a balanced offensive attack, with 14 players recording at least one goal on the year.
Baltimore is led on defense by Pat Healey and Adriano Dos Santos. Healey leads the team with 20 blocked shots, third in the MASL this year. Healey is also questionable to play with a hamstring injury. Dos Santos has 10 blocked shots, while also contributing to the Blast offense with nine points to lead all Blast defenders. The Blast are anchored by goalkeeper William Vanzela, who is coming off his second straight Team of the Week honor. He is third in the league with a 4.21 GAA and second in the league with a .764 save percentage. His nine wins are also second in the MASL.
The Competition- Syracuse Silver Knights
Syracuse is led on offense by Joey Tavernese, Kenardo Forbes, and Slavisa Ubiparipovic. Tavernese leads the team with 13 goals and 12 assists, for 25 points this season. His 25 points is seventh in the MASL, while his goals and assists also rank in the top 10 in the league. Forbes, who is coming off Team of the Week honors, is second on the team with 11 goals and 18 points on the year. Ubiparipovic is second on the team with nine assists and has recorded 17 points this season. The Silver Knights are led on defense by Darren Toby, whose 15 blocked shots is tied for sixth in the MASL. Andrew Coughlin is in goal for Syracuse, with 5 wins and a 6.26 GAA on the season.
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