VS. CLEVELAND CRUNCH
* WHEN: Tonight, at Richfield Coliseum, 7:35.
Tomorrow, at the Baltimore Arena, 7:35.
* RADIO: WCAO-AM 600.
* OUTLOOK: The Blast puts its 6-5 record on the line at the Richfield Coliseum tonight, and as Eastern Division leader Kansas City found out, putting anything on the line against the Crunch can be painful. K.C. took an eight-game winning streak to Cleveland last Tuesday and saw it come to an end in a big way. The Crunch won in an 11-4 romp that saw the home team set three club records: most Crunch goals in a game, 11; most points by one player, seven; and most assists by one player, five, both set by Hector Marinaro.
Marinaro, second in the league in scoring with 20 goals, 12 assists, and Zoran Karic (14 goals, 16 assists) will be prime targets for Blast defenders Mike Stankovic and Bruce Savage. Stankovic has been on a tear all over the field. On the offensive side, he is tied for second in Blast scoring with Dale Mitchell. Each has 16 points.
The Blast is expected to have Scott Manning (2-1, 6.65 goals-against average) in the goal tonight, and Hank Henry (2-2, 5.03 GAA) in goal tomorrow, though Blast coach Kenny Cooper may pull a switch. Crunch coach Kai Haaskivi will have Otto Orf (1-2, 4.68 GAA) in net both nights, because P.J. Johns is hospitalized with viral meningitis.