Baltimore Blast @ Kansas City Comets
Saturday, December 30 @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena 8:05 p.m. EST
Baltimore Blast @ Cedar Rapids Rampage
Sunday, December 31 @ U.S. Cellular Center 4:05 p.m. EST
Setting the Tone:
Baltimore Blast: 6-2
First place in the Eastern Division
Previous Game: Lost to Harrisburg 6-5
Kansas City Comets: 2-6
Third place in the Central Division
Previous Game: Lost to Milwaukee 11-9
Cedar Rapids Rampage: 6-4
Second place in the Central Division
Previous Game: Defeated St. Louis 6-2
Baltimore Players to Watch:
Baltimore is led on offense by Tony Donatelli, Vini Dantas, and Lucas Roque. Donatelli has 20 points on the season, 12 goals and eight assists, leading the team in each category. His 20 points are tied for seventh in the league. Dantas and Roque are tied for second on the team with eight goals each. Donatelli and Dantas are unlikely 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. Healey leads the team with 17 blocked shots on the year, tied for second in the MASL. 2-time Goalkeeper of the Year, William Vanzela anchors the Blast defense. His 4.79 GAA is third in the league and his .745 save percentage is second in the MASL.
The Competition- Kansas City Comets
The Comets are led on offense by Leo Gibson and Bryan Perez. Gibson and Perez are tied for the team lead with eight goals each. Gibson leads the team with 21 points and 13 assists. His 21 points are sixth in the league and his 13 assists are third in the league. Perez also has 10 assists on the year, tied for seventh in the MASL. Kansas City is led on defense by Ignacio Flores, who has 10 blocked shots on the season. Flores also contributes to the Comets’ offense, recording 13 points. Casey Gasson is in goal for the Comets. This is the first time Pat Healey and Andre Braithwaite will be on the field together at the same time after the ugly head-butt incident 3 seasons ago. Braithwaite was suspended from the league for 2 seasons for the incident.
The Competition- Cedar Rapids Rampage
Cedar Rapids is led on offense by Gordy Gurson and Victor France. Gurson has 20 points on the year, 13 goals and seven assists, leading the team in each. His 20 points and 13 goals are tied for seventh in the league in each category. France, a mid-season trade acquisition, is second on the team with 12 goals on the season. The Rampage defense is led by Sam Guernsey and Edwin Rojas. Guernsey leads the team with 10 blocked shots on the year. Brett Petricek is in goal for Cedar Rapids.
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