Bandits set to announce arena plans Team falls in preseason opener to Phantoms, 4-2, but coach is not unhappy

September 28, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Bandits owner Michael A. Caggiano will announce plans at a news conference Monday for the site and design of a new arena to house his team.

The site, as reported in Thursday editions of The Sun, will presumably be a 32.5-acre tract near the Beltway and Washington Boulevard in Baltimore County.

Bandits officials have neither confirmed nor denied that site has been selected, but a team press release directing media to a news conference at the construction site listed directions for Washington Boulevard in Catonsville.

Developer Leroy Merritt, who owns the parcel of land now being used for a golf driving range, told The Sun he had met with Caggiano Tuesday and a deal was "close, very close."

Caggiano maintained yesterday, however, that no deal had been finalized.

"Things aren't completely set," he said. "We're still working on small details. Everything that is humanly possible to answer will be answered at the conference Monday."

Architectural renderings and layout also are expected to be unveiled Monday for the 10,000-seat venue.

Meanwhile, the Bandits last night played host to and lost to the Philadelphia Phantoms in their first preseason game of the American Hockey League season.

An empty-net goal at the end made the final score of 4-2 sound as if the Phantoms had a fairly easy time of it at Piney Orchard Arena, but such was not the case.

"Considering the time we had to put this team together," said Bandits coach Mo Mantha, "we're well satisfied. The work I think was there, and we battled a tough and experienced team that has been skating and scrimmaging for two weeks."

Philadelphia always held the upper hand, scoring on its first power play midway through the first period, but never was able to completely shake the young and scrappy Bandits.

"It was real encouraging when we come back from 3-1," said Mantha.

Lorne Toews got the Baltimore goal to make it 3-2 and fine work by Byron Briske, Eric Royal and Ed Lowe nearly got the equalizer with about five minutes remaining.

The Bandits' first goal, squaring matters early in the second period, came when Royal pilfered the puck in front of the Phantoms' net and slipped it to Maurice Hall for the score.

Philadelphia 1 1 2 -- 4

' Baltimore .. 0 1 1 -- 2

First period -- 1. Philadelphia, Bruininks (Lank), 9: 41 pp. Penalties -- Caruso P (roughing), : 56; Payette P, Briske B (roughing), 4: 10; Mau. Hall B (holding), 9: 21; Sacco B (hooking), 14: 28; Brulin P (interference), 17: 06.

Second period -- 2. Baltimore, Mau. Hall (Royal), : 41; 3. Philadelphia, Coles ( Forbes), 11: 39. Penalties -- Sittler P, Aldridge B (roughing), : 52; Healy P ( interference), 5: 58; Payette P (instigating, fighting, misconduct), Norris P ( slashing), Sacco B (hooking, fighting, misconduct), 10: 24; Corcoran B (tripping) , 14: 21; Norris P (high-sticking), 13: 01; Lank P (hooking), 16: 08.

Third period -- 4. Philadelphia, Norris (Sittler), 5: 23; 5. Baltimore, Toews ( Marshall, Lowe), 9: 02; 6. Piladelphia, Prospal (Roussel, Sittler), 19: 43 pp-en. Penalties -- Brunininks P, Corcoran B (fighting), 7: 22; Herperger B, Payette P ( fighting), 10: 43; Marshall B (hooking), 18: 49.

Shots on goal -- Philadelphia 6-9-10--25; Baltimore 6-12-4--22. Power-play opportunities -- Philadelphia 2-for-4; Baltimore 0-for-3. Goalies -- Little 18 shots, 17 saves; Roussel 4 shots, 3 saves. Brumby 15 shots, 13 saves; Askey 9 shots, 8 saves. Referee -- Mike Leggo. Linesmen -- Matt Dunne, Gary Madsen.

Pub Date: 9/28/96

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