Only the St. Louis Ambush, losers of 24 of their last 25 games, can give up an unintentional 140-foot goal by a guy who had 0 goals in nine games. When you’re hot, you’re hot and when you’re not, you’re not.
The Monterrey Flash, Milwaukee Wave, and Baltimore Blast are still hot. Things get a lot more interesting schedule-wise for the Flash and Wave this month. Milwaukee will travel to Sonora and Monterrey, bookended by three games against Cedar Rapids. Monterrey will host Milwaukee and San Diego.
On the Power Rankings there were only two moves this week. Florida nudged free of a tie with Cedar Rapids and Syracuse leap-frogged sinking Harrisburg.
There is never any shame in losing to Baltimore, but Cedar Rapids had the best opportunity anyone could ask for and didn’t cash in. The Blast were playing their second game in 20 hours and drove all night to Cedar Rapids, minus their two injured leading scorers, Vini Dantas and Tony Donatelli. The Rampage were well-rested and playing at the US Cellular Center where they were 5-0 this year and where they had beaten the Blast last year. Instead the Rampage lost 3-2, their fourth one-goal loss of the season. In three of their losses they rallied from two or three goal deficits to tie the game only to lose in the fourth quarter. Now the Rampage will try to win at least one of their next two games against Milwaukee this week to avoid falling below .500 again.
The upcoming week is poised to deliver an eyebrow-raising upset. We feel it in our bones. Keep an eye on the games in bold. No less important are Friday’s Fury-Stars game and Saturday’s Silver Knights-Tropics matchup.
Friday 1/5 Milwaukee Wave at Cedar Rapids Rampage
Friday 1/5 San Diego Sockers at Turlock Express
Friday 1/5 Ontario Fury at Tacoma Stars
Saturday 1/6 Harrisburg Heat at Baltimore Blast
Saturday 1/6 Cedar Rapids Rampage at Milwaukee Wave
Saturday 1/6 Syracuse Silver Knights at Florida Tropics
Saturday 1/6 Kansas City Comets at St. Louis Ambush
Sunday 1/7 Soles de Sonora at Rio Grande Valley Barracudas
Sunday 1/7 El Paso Coyotes at Flash de Monterrey
Sunday 1/7 Turlock Express at San Diego Sockers
||The Flash keep rolling with two easy road wins over the Barracudas.|
|Including this weekend’s home-and-home with Cedar Rapids, the Wave will have only faced four opponents over their first 12 games. But through 10 games, no one is better at beating Kansas City, St. Louis, Cedar Rapids and Tacoma.|
|Enjoying their 19-day vacation.|
|The Blast nabbed two more road wins, even without Donatelli and Dantas.|
|Florida took care of business in St. Louis.|
|The Rampage missed a golden opportunity with the Blast playing their second game in less than 24 hours and Dantas and Donatelli sitting out.|
|Ontario gave Turlock a bad time.|
|.500 never looked so good.|
|The Heat might need to beat the Blast (again) Saturday to save their season (again).|
|Tacoma’s next two games are against Ontario (followed by one against San Diego). They need no less than a split to stay in the playoff race.|
|The Soles will head back to Rio Grande Valley – where they lost on December 13 – to try to improve on that 1-5 road record.|
|It’s been a bad year for the MASL’s celestial bodies, as the Stars, Soles, and Comets have all been lost in space.|
|You better make up something quick
You gonna burn it out to the wick.
Aren’t you, Barracuda?
|Lost to Florida and “gave up the stupidest goal in the history of ever,” according to one fan (video above) and it’s hard to argue.|
|There’s plucky underdog biblical David Turlock. And then there’s the other Turlock that accidentally stumbled into the Citizens Business Bank Center last Wednesday.|