Good break? Heat goalie sparkles after fracture With broken finger, Petras wins three of four games

NPSL notebook

November 19, 1996|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,SUN STAFF

Just imagine what Harrisburg Heat goalie Doug Petras could do without a broken finger.

This is what he did with it: After suffering the fracture on his throwing (right) hand 10 days ago in the first quarter against the Spirit, Petras won that game, then made 18 saves in a 12-11 victory over the Tampa Bay Terror on Wednesday.

On Friday, he saved 22 of 24 shots in a 12-3 win over the Toronto Shooting Stars and, on Saturday, played well in a 15-8 loss to the Philadelphia Kixx. In his past four games, Petras has stopped 75 of 96 shots, a handsome .781 percentage.

Not bad for a guy filling in for Scoop Stanisic, who strained a knee in the opener.

Even that wasn't enough to merit NPSL Player of the Week honors, however. The Detroit Rockers' Dennis Brose won that after scoring 16 points and six goals, both league highs this season, in a win over Toronto. He moved into second place behind Cleveland's Zoran Karic in the NPSL scoring race.

Neely flies in

Just in from Brazil yesterday morning, Doug Neely arrived breathlessly at Du Burns Arena from BWI, a half-hour late for Spirit practice, dressed hurriedly and scored the first goal of the day.

Neely was a member of the U.S. beach soccer team that defeated Canada on Saturday and lost to Brazil in Sunday's championship game.

Quotes of the week

Columbus Invaders coach Drago Jaha after getting four misconduct penalties and being ejected in a 24-22 overtime loss to the Cincinnati Silverbacks: "I'm disappointed I overreacted a bit."

Cleveland Crunch forward Nikola Vignjevic, a Yugoslav in his first NPSL season, through an interpreter: "My favorite TV show that isn't sports is 'America's Funniest Home Videos.' I don't have to understand what they're saying to know what's going on."

Miscellaneous

The Spirit's Bo Vuckovic, who suffered a hyperextended left elbow in Saturday's victory over Cincinnati, will play here Friday against Philadelphia. Barry Stitz, who has missed four games with a sprained ankle, is probable. Detroit's Pato Margetic leads the NPSL in assists with 23 in six games, a pace that would produce an astronomical 153 and shatter Karic's record of 104 in 1993-94. Margetic held the previous mark of 80. Stitz last night conducted the first of three Spirit clinics for disadvantaged youngsters at St. Vincent's Center and Villa Maria House in Timonium. The second clinic, Dec. 2, will feature Neely, the third, on Dec. 16, a Spirit goalie. The Buffalo Blizzard attracted a team-record 13,902 fans for its home-opening victory over Detroit in the first NPSL game in the new Marine Midland Arena. One day later, the $4 million scoreboard crashed to the ice as it was being prepared for a Buffalo Sabres NHL game. No one was hurt. Both teams will continue to play in the arena; the unknown is when the scoreboard will be in operation.

Pub Date: 11/19/96

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