Saturday, January 20, 2007
By Tom Hushen
Philadelphia,PA - In what could prove to be the beginning of a storied rivalry, the Philadelphia KiXX (9-4) gained a full game lead on the expansion Detroit Ignition (10-7) in front of 6,840 faithful. The two teams had split the season series up to this point at one apiece, with both games being decided in overtime. All fans received a complimentary 2006-07 Philadelphia KiXX Team Photo, courtesy of Baum Printing. The entire KiXX team was on-hand for a post-game autograph session.
Detroit opened scoring in the contest on a Philadelphia misplay in their own end. The goal was credited to Mauricio Salles, making his MISL debut.
Less than one minute into the second quarter, player/coach Don D'Ambra tied the game at two apiece with his team leading 14th goal of the season. With the goal, D'Ambra extended his point streak to 11 games.
The goal was unassisted. Going into the half, the score was 2-2, with shots favoring Philadelphia, 11-6.
Novi put Detroit back on top with a two-point restart goal, his eighth goal of the season. Just over two minutes later, Dino Delevski tied the score once more at four apiece on a feed from Sandre Naumoski. The goal was Delevski's sixth on the season. 45 seconds later, Pat Morris put the KiXX ahead on his third goal of the season, assist from Edgar Bartolomeu.
Philadelphia began the final stanza out shooting Detroit 22-13. After a Casey Barton tripping call, Jamar Beasley tied the game once more for Detroit, with his League-leading 24th goal on the season. The power-play goal, Beasley's seventh, came unassisted. With just 10-seconds left, Edgar Bartolomeu took the ball from midfield through the Detroit defense to bury his third on the season, unassisted. With the win, Philadelphia improves to 4-3 at home, while the Ignition drop to 4-5 on the road.
Peter Pappas stopped 8 of 11 shots in his League-leading ninth win of the season, while Sanaldo dropped to 6-6.