The short holiday schedule did little to change the balance of power in the MASL. Only four games were played, but they all had an impact on the division races.
A Rampage win coupled with a Comets loss opened up a three game rift between the Central Division’s second and third place teams. Florida’s win over Harrisburg dropped the Heat into last place in the Eastern Division. Sonora’s 17-9 win over El Paso brought the Soles just 1 1/2 games back of the Coyotes, who have now lost three straight.
Things get rolling again with eight games this week, starting tonight when Turlock visits Ontario.
The big games this week are Friday and Sunday. Friday the Heat try to revive their season in Syracuse, and Sunday the Rampage host the Baltimore Blast in a matchup of two Top 5 teams. The Rampage have a new goalie and, by Sunday, will have a new coach. The team will announce a permanent replacement to interim coach Chris Kokalis this Friday.
|The Wave only seem to struggle when they have a six goal lead, the most nonlethal weakness a team can have.|
|The Tropics held serve with a home win over Eastern neighbor Harrisburg.|
|The Rampage took care of business against St. Louis before they dive into three straight games against Baltimore and Milwaukee.|
|Life without Jesus Molina looks like 17 goals against in Sonora.|
|The Heat are hanging around because of their win over Baltimore, but they are losing too many winnable games.|
|The goal-starved Stars nicked Nick Perera from Syracuse.|
|Have the Soles awakened? Their 17-9 win over El Paso was reminiscent of better days.|
|The Comets are three back of the final playoff spot and have more than doubled the 4.6 goals they allowed per game last year.|
|A new losing streak begins.|