McIntosh is Spirit catalyst in 18-14 win

January 07, 1995|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

Despite a late start this season, Franklin McIntosh is on pace to break the Spirit record for assists.

A Harrisburg Heat holdout for the first 12 games, McIntosh didn't play until Dec. 9, after he was traded to the Spirit.

He has made up for lost time.

McIntosh had two goals and four assists in the Spirit's 18-14 win over Harrisburg last night before 4,694 at the Baltimore Arena. If he maintains his pace of 20 assists in seven games, he would finish with 74, breaking the team record of 46 set by Goran Hunjak in 1992-93.

McIntosh has been particularly cruel to his former team. After a six-assist game in his first encounter with Harrisburg on Dec. 17, he added the four last night for a total of 10.

Before McIntosh arrived, the Spirit had lost seven straight to Harrisburg. With him, it has won two straight.

"It's pretty easy to do what you want on a good team like this," McIntosh said. "We don't get pumped up just because we're playing my old team. We've got to get pumped up for every game."

Jon Parry scored what would be the winning goal for a 16-10 lead early in the fourth quarter. McIntosh's goal made it 18-14 with 2:38 left.

Coach Dave MacWilliams said in jest before the game that the Spirit got the gorilla off its back with the win that broke a seven-game losing streak against Harrisburg last month, but that the monkey might still be there.

"We're getting our confidence," MacWilliams said, referring to the series that the Heat leads 12-7. "We can't get caught in their run-and-gun game. We like to slow it down, then go at them, you know, mix it up."

Mix it up the Spirit did, and it took another step toward getting rid of the monkey.

Kevin Sloan and McIntosh accounted for all eight Spirit assists, with four apiece. Danny Kelly led Harrisburg with four goals. Tim Wittman had three for the Spirit, all in the first half.

The first half was punctuated by hat tricks by Wittman and Kelly, the second goal of the season by Spirit rookie Jamie Christie and three assists by McIntosh.

Ex-Spirit Tarik Walker gave Harrisburg a 2-0 lead. After Wittman tied it at 2, the Heat ran off four straight points.

The Spirit wiped out the deficit with seven straight points of its own for a 9-6 lead.

* NOTES: Walker, traded by the Spirit with Steve Boardman for McIntosh, has 12 points in his first six games. Boardman, a defender, has an assist and 10 blocks in his first seven. . . . The difference a year makes: The Spirit was 1-7 without Cris Vaccaro in goal last season; this season, in the eight games Vaccaro hasn't played, the Spirit is 6-2 behind No. 2 Joe Mallia. . . . Harrisburg's Mark Pulisic's streak of 20 games in which he had scored at least one point ended Dec. 30 against the Milwaukee Wave. . . . Harrisburg goalie Scoop Stanisic's backup, Doug Petras, has a fractured finger.

TICKET EXCHANGE

The Spirit is offering a ticket exchange for anyone who could not attend last night's game against Harrisburg because of the inclement weather.

The tickets may be exchanged at the Arena Box office for the Jan. 27 game vs. Kansas City or the Feb. 17 game vs. Canton.

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