Spirit gets what it expects, but loses to Dynamo, 25-21

January 09, 1995|By Debbie Juniewicz | Debbie Juniewicz,Special to The Sun

DAYTON, Ohio -- It was exactly what the Spirit expected -- a hard-playing, body-banging kind of game.

The visitors, however, came up short, as Dayton defeated Baltimore, 25-21, in front of a crowd of 2,184 last night.

"[Dayton] came out playing a very physical game," said Baltimore coach Dave MacWilliams. "No team wants to lose two games at home, so they came out fired up and finished with a big win."

Dayton (11-10) led 20-15 early in the final period before the Spirit (13-7) powered back. Jamie Christie, Barry Stitz and Franklin McIntosh each scored fourth-quarter goals to put Baltimore ahead 21-20 with just over four minutes to play.

The Dynamo, however, scored last, with the go-ahead goal by Greg Sczurek and a three-point goal by Danny Pena to finish the victory.

"It's not that they're a better team," Baltimore's McIntosh said. "But they were better tonight."

McIntosh expected the physical encounter with their division rivals.

"That's the only way you can play in Dayton," he said. "You can't play a skillful game there, it's too small. You get hit, you fall down, you just keep getting banged around."

"It's really wild how you knock the ball around here," MacWilliams said. "It's like being in a blender."

Spirit 6 7 2 6 -- 21

Dayton 8 4 6 7 -- 25

First period -- Spirit - McIntosh, 2, Assist: Parry, 1:38. Dayton - Beck, 2, Assist: Dattilo, 4:16. Spirit - McIntosh, 2, unassisted, 4:51. Spirit - Johnson, 2, Assist: Smith, 6:16. Dayton - Ukrop, 2, Assist: Brisson, 7:30. Dayton - Brisson, 2, Assist: Sczurek, 10:14. fTC Dayton - Brose, 2, Assist: Beck, 14:44.

Second period -- Dayton - Brose, 2, Assist: Beck, 6:56. Dayton - Brose, 2, Assist: D. Pena, 8:27. Spirit - McIntosh, 2, unassisted, 9:05. Spirit - McIntosh, 3, unassisted, 9:36. Spirit - Stitz, 2, Assist: Parry, 10:15.

Third period -- Dayton - Pfau, 2, Assist: Beck, 6:37. Dayton - Brisson, 2, Assist: Brose, 7:26. Spirit - Parry, 2, Assist: McIntosh, 9:20. Dayton - D. Pena, 2, Assist: Brose, 11:50.

Fourth period -- Dayton - Brisson, 2, Assist: Brose, :35. Spirit - Christie, 2, Assist: Vaccaro, 2:58. Spirit - Stitz, 2, Assist: Namazi, 7:05. Spirit - McIntosh, 2, Assist: Smith, 10:55. Dayton - Sczurek, 2, Assist: Gosselin, 11:39. Dayton - D. Pena, 3, Assist: Dattilo, 12:29.

Penalties -- First period - Spirit - Wittman, misconduct, 5 min. Second period - Dayton - Ukrop, unsportsmanlike, 2 min.; Spirit - McIntosh, unsportsmanlike, 2 min.; Dayton - Adams, intentional handball, 2 min. Third period - Spirit - McIntosh, misconduct, 5 min. Shots on goal -- Spirit 11-8-7-10-36. Dayton 11-12-13-13-48. Goalkeepers: Spirit, Vaccaro SF-36; SA-24. Dayton, Salvagio SF-2; SA-2; Adams SF-25 SA-15. Att. -- 2,184.

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