Baltimore Blast @ Syracuse Silver Knights
Sunday, March 4 @ Oncenter War Memorial Arena 4:05p.m. EST
Setting the Tone:
Baltimore Blast: 17-4
First place in the Eastern Division
Previous Game: Defeated Florida Tropics 8-7
Syracuse Silver Knights: 12-9
Second place in the Eastern Division
Previous Game: Lost to Milwaukee Wave 8-7
11/17/17 Blast defeat Silver Knights 7-6
1/12/18 Blast defeat Silver Knights 5-4
2/3/18 Blast defeat Silver Knights 8-7
Baltimore Players to Watch:
The Blast offense is led by Tony Donatelli, Vini Dantas, and Andrew Hoxie. Donatelli leads the team in goals (21), assists (21), and points (42). His 42 points are tied for 9th in the MASL and his 21 assists are 6th in the league. Dantas is second on the team with 20 goals and has 35 points on the year. Hoxie has 16 goals and 25 points this season.
Baltimore’s defense is led by Pat Healey and Adriano Dos Santos. Healey, a 2-time Defender of the Year, leads the team and is second in the MASL with 43 blocked shots this season. Dos Santos is a key contributor both on offense and defense. He has 16 blocked shots this season while also being third on the team in assists (14) and recording 21 points this season. Joey Kapinos is in goal for the Blast. He is 6-2 with a 5.25 GAA this season.
The Competition- Syracuse Silver Knights
Syracuse’s offense is led by Joey Tavernese, Slavisa Ubiparipovic, and Kenardo Forbes. Tavernese leads the team with 28 goals and 26 assists, for 54 points. His 54 points are third in the MASL and his 26 assists are second in the league. Ubiparipovic is second on the team with 23 goals and 16 assists. Ubiparipovic is not eligible to play in the game because of a point accumulation suspension. Forbes has 17 goals and 14 assists on the season. The Silver Knights defense is led by Darren Toby and Ben Ramin. Toby leads the team and is fourth in the league with 33 blocked shots. Ramin has 21 blocked shots while also contributing 18 points this year. Andrew Coughlin is in goal for Syracuse. He is 12-7 this season with a 5.71 GAA.
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