Sunday, December 12, 2004
By David Deal
The Philadelphia KiXX (6-5) snapped a four-game losing skid with a 6-5 victory over the Chicago Storm (6-6) in front of 3,343 fans at the Wachovia Spectrum. Kevin Sloan recorded the game-winning goal at 9:50 of the third quarter. Peter Pappas (4-4) earned the victory between the posts for Philadelphia, turning away eight of the 13 shots he faced, while Danny Waltman (6-5) took the loss the Storm with seven saves on 16 chances.
Chicago bolted out of the gates to take an early 2-0 advantage, thanks to a pair of points from former KiXX midfielder Andy Guastaferro. The native of Canandaigua, NY first connected with teammate Jorge Valle at 4:50, then drilled home an unassisted goal at 6:39 of the period. Philadelphia newcomers Damien Pottinger and John Barry Nusum connected to break the team onto the scoreboard at 10:34; with the goal, Pottinger extends his point streak to five games. The opening quarter closed with the Storm leading, 2-1.
Philadelphia native Chris Fehrle blasted a left-footer just inside the yellow line, past Waltman and into the top corner of the net to tie the score, 2-2, at 1:36 of the second stanza. Richard Stockton product Jeff Moore provided Philadelphia their first lead of the day, 3-2, with his second goal of the season on a dish from Les Lunsford at 5:05. Chicago's Andy Rosenband then knotted the score at 3-3 with a score from Guastaferro at 8:03, but KiXX forward Shawn Boney answered right back with a notch from Ze Roberto at 9:33 of the period. The goal marked the 100th of Boney's eight-year career. Philadelphia held the one-point, 4-3, advantage entering the half.
Storm forward Awadalla Morad recorded an unassisted tally to tie the score, 4-4, at 4:08 of the third quarter, but Philadelphia responded with a pair of goals to take their largest lead of the day, 6-4. Nusum struck first on an assist from Goran Vasic at 8:21, followed by a notch from player/assistant coach Kevin Sloan on an assist from Morris at 9:50 of the period. The KiXX took the 6-4 lead into the final quarter.
Less than a minute into the fourth quarter (:50), Gary Brooks extended the club’s advantage to three, 7-4, with a breakaway goal from Pottinger. Rosenband pulled the Storm within two, 7-5, with his second tally of the game at 10:33 of the period. Just 24 seconds later (10:57), KiXX defender Ptah Myers knocked-in a header to again give the team a three-point cushion, 8-5. Midfielder Les Lunsford sealed the team’s victory, 9-5, with a goal at 11:51 of the fourth.
Notes: Shawn Boney’s second-quarter goal marked the 100th tally of his eight-year career. Philadelphia’s rookies accounted for nine of the team’s 17 total points (goals and assists) and five of the nine goals in today’s contest; newcomers who notched a point include Gary Brooks, Chris Fehrle, Jeff Moore, Ptah Myers, John Barry Nusum, and Damien Pottinger. Pottinger registered a career-high three points on a goal and two assists.
Philadelphia: 1-3-2-3=9 Shots: 25
Philadelphia travels to Chicago to battle the Storm at the UIC Pavilion on Friday, December 17, before retuning to the City of Brotherly Love on Saturday, December 18 to welcome the Milwaukee Wave. Friday’s contest will kick-off at 8:35 pm ET, while Saturday’s action is slated for 7:05 pm ET. For additional information or to purchase tickets, please contact the club’s Executive Office at 1-888-888-KiXX (5499) or visit www.kixxonline.com.