KiXX stops Blast in OT, 8-6

6-game win streak ends for Baltimore

March 14, 2010|By Kent Baker | Special to The Baltimore Sun

In a situation nearly demanding a victory, the visiting Philadelphia KiXX kept alive their flickering postseason hopes with an 8-6 overtime victory over the Blast before an announced 6,318 at 1st Mariner Arena.

The defeat ended a season-best six-game winning streak for the Blast (11-8), which had already clinched a playoff spot, and was the first victory in the season series for Philadelphia (7-9), a loser to the Blast four times.

KiXX goalie Nick Hovaker II made three outstanding saves in the overtime period, when the Blast applied intense pressure before Philadelphia scored the game-winner off a free kick, Semir Mesanovic getting the goal off an assist by Ricardinho.

In a makeup of a game originally scheduled for Feb. 12 but postponed because of blizzard conditions that weekend, Baltimore took a 6-4 lead into the waning moments of regulation before a holding penalty against Scott Buete opened the door for the KiXX.

Blast captain Robbie Aristodemo said the penalty against Buete was "disappointing. We got a blue card for the first time in the entire game. We thought it was a questionable call. That gave them a six-on-four, and they ended up tying the score."

Despite the outcome, Blast coach Danny Kelly was pleased with his team's effort in the second game of back-to-back weekend dates.

"We struggled a little bit on the finishing side, but I'm happy with how we played," he said. "It was one of those games where we did just about everything right except win the game. I couldn't have asked for more."

Player-coach Don D'Ambra beat Dave Kern at 13:54 on the power play, Mesanovic supplying the pass, to force the extra session.

The game launched a stretch of five games in eight days for the KiXX, who still face an uphill battle to overtake Monterrey La RaZa for the third and final playoff berth.

The loss means the Blast would need substantial help to overtake the Milwaukee Wave for first place.

Hovaker had been pulled from the goal while Philadelphia pushed for the tying goal in regulation, but returned in overtime to repel the Blast time after time on excellent shot opportunities.

The first half was played at a fast pace, but with little scoring because of strong defense and goaltending on both sides.

Kern, starting for the second straight game in place of suspended Sagu, was particularly effective in the net for the Blast with six saves before getting into a brief scrap with 6-foot-7, 270-pound Shawn Boney in the goal mouth. Both drew penalties that spanned both halves, but neither team could capitalize in an even situation.

The only goal of the half came from Blast defender Mike Lookingland, who cashed in from the left side after a corner kick by Aristodemo. The shot flicked off a defender and beat Hovaker. P 0 0 0 6 2 - 8B 2 0 2 2 0 - 6FIRST QUARTER

Scoring: 1. Blast, Lookingland (unassisted), 9:49

Penalties: None


Scoring: None

Penalties: P, Boney (pushing), 14.11; B, Kern (pushing), 14.11


Scoring: 2. Blast Millwood (unassisted), 5:54

Penalties: None


Scoring: 3. Philadelphia, Mesanovic (unassisted), 4:45; 4. Philadelphia, Neto (unassisted), 5:52; 5

Blast. Healey (Dyachenko), 6:28; 6. Philadelphia, D'Ambra (Mesanovic) (power play goal), 13:34

Penalties: B, Buete (holding), 13.37


Scoring: 7. Philadelphia, Mesanovic (Ricardinho), 5:34

Penalties: None

Attendance: 6,318

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