At 3 sites, Spirit is 3-for-3 vs. Power with 21-10 romp

November 12, 1994|By Joe Knowles | Joe Knowles,Special to The Sun

ROCKFORD, Ill. -- After a season-opening victory Oct. 21 at home against the Chicago Power and a neutral-site victory Oct. 22 in Philadelphia, the Spirit completed the trifecta last night with a 21-10 decision in the Rockford Metrocentre, the Power's new ** home away from home.

Holding a 9-5 lead at the half, the Spirit (5-1) broke free in the fourth quarter with three unanswered goals, two by Kevin Sloan, who had 10 points (two three-point goals and two two-pointers).

Sloan's second three-pointer was the turning point, launching the Spirit's second-half surge.

"That was the boost we needed," said coach Dave MacWilliams. "Kevin's really been on a tear lately. He had 10 points in our last game [against Canton], so that's 20 in two games."

Two rookie defenders got their first goals of the season. Chris Love scored twice, and Chris Morgan scored between two of Sloan's goals in the fourth quarter.

Goalie Joe Mallia, making his third straight start, recorded 19 saves and gave the Spirit offense the opportunity to pick up the pace.

"Joe has done a great job for us," said MacWilliams. "He started three games and won every one."

Cris Vaccaro, who started the other three, is recovering from a hamstring pull.

"At halftime, we talked about trying to out-run them in the second half," said MacWilliams, who was still unfamiliar with some of the Power players although the teams have met three times in less than a month.

"They had a couple of new guys on the front line who could hold the ball," he said, "so we had to pay attention to them."

The Power (1-5) was playing its second game under interim head coach Boro Sucevic, who replaced player/coach Bret Hall. Four Power players were scratched before the game, and two late additions were made.

A one-time National Professional Soccer League champion, the Power is being operated by the league as new investors are sought to keep the team in Chicago. The club is playing more than half of its "home" games away from its usual facility, the Rosemont Horizon, in what was called an attempt to spread the team's fan base outside the Chicago area.

In reality, the team was low on the Horizon's pecking order of tenants and unable to secure weekend dates. The arrival of a new International Hockey League franchise, the Chicago Wolves, put the Power at the bottom of the building's priority list.

"There's interest from [local] investors," said Tom Canney, a former Power sales manager now doing a number of jobs in the team's depleted front office.

The Spirit travels to Canton, Ohio, today to face the winless Invaders.

Baltimore 7 .. .. 2 .. .. 4 .. .. 8 -- 21

Chicago 2 .. .. 3 .. .. 4 .. .. 1 -- 10

First period -- 1. Balt. Sloan 2 pt (Wittman) 3:12. 2. Chi. K. Snow 2 pt (S. Snow) 8:21. 3. Balt. Sloan 2 pt (Wittman) 9:25. 4. Balt. Stitz 3 pt (Wittman) 12:53. Penalties -- Chi. Rensink (boarding) 12:30. Chi. Mikal (5 min. misconduct).

Second period -- 5. Chi. Fernandez 1 pt shootout 3:28. 6. Chi. K. Snow 2 pt (Puskarich) 11:56. 7. Balt. Love 2 pt (Wittman) 12:20. Penalties -- Balt. Johnson (elbowing) 3:28. Balt. Sloan (5 min. misconduct) 4:16. Chi. Muhr (unsportsmanlike conduct) 12:29.

Third period -- 8. Chi. Adade 2 pt (Fernandez) :43. 9. Balt. Marcano 2 pt (Stitz) 6:58. 10. Balt. Love 2 pt (Walker) 8:53. 11. Chi. K. Snow 2 pt (S. Snow) 13:04. Penalties -- None.

Fourth period -- 12. Chi. Fernandez (1 pt shootout) 2:04. 13. Balt. Sloan 3 pt (unassisted) 6:49. 14. Balt. Morgan 2 pt (Marcano) 7:06. 15. Balt. Sloan 3 pt (Walker) 8:34. Penalties -- Balt. Wittman (holding) 2:04.

Shots on goal -- Baltimore 9-14-5-1341; Chicago 11-10-6-1037. Saves -- Balt., Mallia 19; Chi., Arlasky 16, Adade 2, Fernandez 1. Referees -- Rich Heron, Steve Konstantinovic, Ron Scott. Time -- 2:16. A -- N/A.

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