Baltimore Blast vs. Syracuse Silver Knights
Friday, February 17th @ Royal Farms Arena 7:35 p.m. EST
Sunday, February 19th @ Royal Farms Arena 4:05 p.m. EST
Setting the Tone:
Baltimore Blast: 10-5
First place in the Eastern Division
Previous Game: Defeated Milwaukee 5-2
Syracuse Silver Knights: 6-10
Fourth Place in the Eastern Division
Previous Game: Defeated by Florida 12-10
Season Series: 12/29/16 The Blast defeated Syracuse in Syracuse 6-3
Previous Matchup: 12/29 Baltimore defeats Syracuse 6-3 in Syracuse
Baltimore Players to Watch:
Tony Donatelli is tied for 7th in the league in assists with 16 and leads the team in goals this season with 16. Vini Dantas and Lucas Roque are also scoring threats for the Blast who are averaging 5.6 goals per game. The Blast offense is well rounded with 17 players recording at least 1 goal so far this season.
Last season’s MASL Defender of the Year, Pat Healey and veteran defender Adriano Dos Santos anchor a defense which is allowing 3.3 goals per game. Goalkeeper William Vanzela leads the MASL with a 3.24 GAA.
The Competition- Syracuse Silver Knights
Kenardo Forbes leads the Silver Knights with 30 points. Forbes and Slavisa Ubiparipovic are tied for 7th in the league with 16 assists. Another scoring threat for Syracuse is Joey Tavernese who ranks second on the team in points with 23 goals and 5 assists so far this season. The Blast defense will look to slow down the Silver Knight offense that is averaging 6.8 goals per game. In net for the Silver Knights, Andrew Coughlin, enters 9th in the MASL with a 6.21 goals against average in 13 games this season and veteran keeper Bryan O’Quinn was recently activated and has started in 3 games this season. The Knights are coached by Ryan Hall.
February 19 4:05 p.m. EST Syracuse Silver Knights @ Baltimore Blast
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