Saturday, March 18, 2006
By David Deal
Philadelphia, PA - The Philadelphia KiXX (6-17) were defeated by former player/coach Omid Namazi and the St. Louis Steamers (18-5) by a score of 7-3 in front of 5,625 patrons at the Wachovia Spectrum. Elvir Kafedzic recorded the game-winning goal on an assist from Sterling Westcott at 7:12 of the third period. Peter Pappas (6-15) took the loss in net for Philadelphia with nine saves on 16 chances, while Brett Phillips (16-4) earned the victory for the Steamers with 17 saves on 20 shots faced.
Damien Pottinger finished off a feed from Michael Apple at 7:11 of the first frame to open the scoring for the first-place Steamers, 1-0. At 12:19 of the first quarter, Apple extended the St. Louis lead to two goals by sending a Justin McMillian pass beyond the outstretched arms of Pappas.
The hometown KiXX got on the scoreboard at 1:09 of the second stanza, 2-1, as Vlatko Andonovski sent a powerful shot into the back of the net. Gary DePalma recorded the assist on the play. At 11:18 of the second period, Ptah Myers dribbled the entire length of the field before placing an unassisted tally past Phillips, knotting the count at two goals each. Genoni Martinez regained the lead for the Steamers, 3-2, scoring the go-ahead goal off a feed from Jeff DiMaria (12:31).
Kafedzic extended the St. Louis lead, 4-2, when he finished off a dish from Westcott at 7:12 of the third frame. Philadelphia climbed within one goal, 4-3, after David Schofield headed an unassisted score past Phillips at 9:38 of the third quarter.
A mere 29 seconds into the fourth stanza, Apple sent a solo strike past Pappas to extend the Steamer lead, 5-3. At 5:09 of the fourth period, Westcott extended the St. Louis advantage, 6-3, when he netted an open shot in the middle of the field. The Steamers acquired a four-goal lead, 7-3, when Pottinger sent a McMillian assist into the back of the net.
Notes: The team hosted a live game-worn KiXX jersey auction, which benefited the Children’s Miracle Network at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Fans helped the team raise nearly $9,000 in its fourth annual event.
St. Louis: 2-1-1-3=7 Shots: 25