Ambush brings Spirit low, 20-18

March 25, 1995|By Keith Schildroth | Keith Schildroth,Special to The Sun

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Ambush forward Joe Reiniger scored four goals, including three in the fourth quarter, to lead the Ambush to a 20-18 win over the Baltimore Spirit at the Kiel Center last night.

With the win, St. Louis clinched the National Division title for the second straight season.

St. Louis outscored the Spirit 12-8 in the fourth quarter, a wild period in which the game was tied three times.

Daryl Doran and Reiniger scored at 0:43 and 2:29 of the fourth quarter to give the Ambush a 12-10 lead. But the Spirit came right back with Barry Stitz scoring at 2:43 and Franklin McIntosh scoring at 4:21 when he beat Doran at midfield for a 14-12 lead.

Brad Smith made it 16-12 at 6:31 off a free kick and it looked like an Ambush loss.

But Kevin Hundelt scored on a rocket at 9:33 to cut the lead to two, although Kevin Sloan made it 18-14 off another free kick at 9:44.

The the Ambush took over. Mark Moser sent a great cross to Reiniger for a goal that went off Jamie Christie at 10:16. Doran then scored at 12:20 again on a cross and Reiniger won the game at 14:05 on a rebound that beat Joe Mallia.

Just when it looked like the Ambush might take control of the game, the defense fell apart again.

Reiniger scored at 1:32 of the third when he stole the ball from Chris Morgan. But the Spirit came right back with Mike Stankovic beating Ambush goalie Jamie Swanner at 2:51, and Smith scored at 3:41 to make it 10-6, Spirit. Both goals came from sloppy play in the St. Louis end in front of Swanner.

Moser hit a shot off Sloan at 8:12 to make it 10-8. However, when Omid Namazi was called for charging at 12:27, Eric Eichmann's shootout attempt hit the right post and Mallia stopped the rebound.

Swanner couldn't hold on to the ball in the first quarter and it hurt the Ambush. Lance Johnson and Jon Parry both scored off rebounds at 4:56 and 5:33. Sloan picked the upper right corner to make it 6-0 Spirit.

Moser finally got the Ambush on the board at 14:17 of the first when he beat Mallia to the lower right.

The Ambush offense came to life in the second quarter, with Steve Kuntz making the score 6-4 just 29 seconds into the period. St. Louis continued to pepper Mallia, outshooting the Spirit 21-11.

Doran went off for tripping at 7:45 when he fouled Smith. Swanner came out on the shootout and forced Parry wide to the right.

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