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Game Preview: 12/15 & 12/16

 Game Preview

Baltimore Blast @ Florida Tropics

Friday, December 15 @ RP Funding Center 7:35 p.m. EST

 

Baltimore Blast @ Harrisburg Heat

Saturday, December 16 @ PA Farm Show Arena 7:05 p.m. EST

 

Setting the Tone:

 

Baltimore Blast: 5-1

First place in the Eastern Division  

Previous Game: Defeated Florida 10-1

 

Florida Tropics: 4-3

Second place in the Eastern Division

Previous Game: Lost to Baltimore 10-1

 

Season Series:   11/18/17     Florida defeated the Blast 5-4

                                12/10/17     The Blast defeated Florida 10-1

 

Harrisburg Heat: 3-4

Third place in the Eastern Division

Previous Game: Lost to Monterrey 10-5

*Harrisburg plays Syracuse on Friday, December 15th and their record and stats will be changed*

 

Baltimore Players to Watch:

Baltimore is led on offense by Tony Donatelli and Vini Dantas. Donatelli, coming off his second straight MASL Team of the Week honor, leads the Blast with 15 points and seven assists, both ranking ninth in the league. Donatelli and Dantas are tied for the team lead with eight goals each. Pat Healey, 2-time MASL Defender of the Year, leads the Blast defense and the MASL with 16 blocked shots. William Vanzela, coming of MASL Team of the Week honors, is in net for the Blast. His .733 save percentage is third in the league and his 5 wins are tied for second in the MASL.

 

The Competition- Florida Tropics 

Florida is led on offense by Freddy Moojen and Victor Parreiras. Moojen leads the team with 13 points and eight assists. His eight assists rank tied for sixth in the league. Parreiras leads the team with seven goals. The Tropics have a balanced offense, with 11 players scoring at least one goal on the year. The Tropics’ defense is led by Lucas Montelares who has 10 blocked shots this season. Piotr Sliwa is in goal for the Tropics.

 

The Competition- Harrisburg Heat

Harrisburg is led by Ricardo Carvalho and Thiago Freitas on offense. Carvalho leads the team with 14 points and 10 goals. His 14 points ranks tenth in the MASL and his 10 goals is tied for seventh in the league. Freitas leads the team with 11 assists, tied for second in the MASL.  Lucio Gonzaga leads the defense with 15 blocked shots on the year, tied for second in the league. Gonzaga is also a big part of their offense, scoring eight goals this season. Reigning MASL Defender of the Year, Stephen Basso, is still a steady force on defense, with 11 blocked shots of his own. Hugo Silva is in goal for the Heat.

 

Upcoming Games:

December 30th   8:05 p.m. EST     Baltimore Blast @ Kansas City Comets

December 31st   4:05 p.m. EST     Baltimore Blast  @ Cedar Rapids Rampage

January 6th          6:05 p.m. EST     Harrisburg Heat @ Baltimore Blast 

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