Saturday, December 18, 2004
By David Deal
The Philadelphia KiXX (8-5) completed their doubleheader weekend with a 6-3 victory over the Milwaukee Wave (9-4) in front of 4,321 fans at the Wachovia Spectrum. Philadelphia native Pat Morris recorded the game-winning goal on an assist from Shawn Boney at 2:53 of the fourth quarter. Peter Pappas (6-4) earned the victory between the posts for Philadelphia, turning away 18 of the 21 shots he faced, while Dan Green (2-3) took the loss for the Wave with 18 saves on 23 chances.
After a scoreless first period, defender Drew Kopp finally broke Philadelphia onto the board with a right-footed blast past Green and into the back of the net to give the KiXX a 1-0 advantage at 9:08 of the second quarter. Newcomer Gary Brooks registered the assist on the play. Milwaukee’s Johnny Torres ended the Wave’s scoring drought and tied the game, 1-1, with a score from Marcelo Fontana at 13:07. The first half closed with the score knotted at 1-1.
Less than two minutes into the third stanza (1:51), Pat Morris connected with teammate Goran Vasic to give the KiXX a 2-1 advantage. The club then added to their lead when Kopp took a pass from Damien Pottinger and slid the ball past Green at 4:18. Kevin Burk registered a score that deflected off KiXX defender Jeremy Aldrich to cut Philadelphia’s advantage to one, 3-2 at 13:34 of the period. The 3-2 Philadelphia lead held entering the final period of action.
Morris notched his second tally of the evening on a dish from teammate Shawn Boney to extend the club’s lead back to two, 4-2, at 2:53 of the fourth quarter. Less than two minutes later (4:39), Philadelphia rookie Jeff Moore stripped the ball from Green and blasted a goal into the back of the net to further lengthen the team’s advantage, 5-2. Vasic then lofted a ball over Wave defender Chris Morman that found the back of the net to extend the KiXX’ advantage to four, 6-2, at 9:35; forward John Barry Nusum recorded the assist. Morman was in net for Milwaukee after Green received a five-minute misconduct penalty at 4:39. Marcelo Fontana pulled Milwaukee back within three on a feed from Pat White at 12:17, but Philadelphia held on to earn a 6-3 victory.
Notes: Tonight’s scoreless first quarter is the fifth time this season the KiXX have been held without a goal in the opening quarter, and the second occasion neither team managed to notch a score. Defender Drew Kopp recorded a season-high two points (pair of goals) tonight. Three-time all-star Pat Morris recorded his 300th career block tonight.
Philadelphia: 0-1-2-3=6 Shots: 32
Philadelphia concludes 2004 with a battle versus the two-time defending MISL Champion Baltimore Blast on Sunday, December 26. Game-time at the 1st Mariner Arena is scheduled for 6:05 pm ET. The club then brings in the New Year with a trip to the Kemper Arena to square-off versus the Kansas City Comets on Saturday, January 1 with an 8:35 pm ET start time. The KiXX finally return to the City of Brotherly Love for a rematch versus the Comets on Saturday, January 8. Game-time at the Wachovia Spectrum 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.