Saturday, February 17, 2007
By Tom Hushen
Philadelphia, PA - The Philadelphia KiXX (12-7) came back from a six-point deficit with under two minutes remaining to stay atop the MISL standings by a full game. Don D’Ambra buried four goals, including the game tying goal in regulation with just one second remaining. Sandre Naumoski also added a hat trick, scoring two of his goals in the final 1:58. Rookie Tony Donatelli sealed the deal for the KiXX in the comeback of the season, 18-16 in overtime.
Vincente Figueroa began the scoring for California with his team-leading 18th goal of the season, assist from Aaron Susi. Craig Scheer, who was listed as doubtful coming into the contest with a knee injury, put the Cougars up 4-0 on his fifth of the season from Nelson Santana. Philly player/coach and leading scorer Don D’Ambra put the KiXX on the board with his 18th goal of the season, an unassisted two-pointer.
Dino Delevski tied the game at four apiece on his ninth goal of the season. The assist came from Genoni Martinez, who leads Philadelphia in that category with 15. Enrique Tovar put the Cougars back up two with his 18th goal, assist from Santana. Aaron Susi’s 13th restored California’s four-point lead.
Tovar struck first in the second half, extending California’s lead to six points, his second of the game from Ryan Hall. D’Ambra’s second goal of the night brought the KiXX to within four points, 10-6. Martinez set up D’Ambra’s 20th , his second assist of the night and the fourth straight game in which he has recorded a point. Sandre Naumoski’s second goal of the season pulled Philadelphia to within two, 10-8.
California wouldn’t let the KiXX tie the game, as Marcos Chantel pushed the lead to four once more on his second of the season. Nelson Santana added a goal to go along with his two assists to put California ahead, 14-8. In a wild final two minutes, five goals were scored by the two teams, including four from Philadelphia to send the match to overtime.
Two more goals from D’Ambra and Naumoski each sent the game into the extra frame, including Naumoski completing the hat trick with 14 seconds left and D’Ambra tying the game on his fourth of the night with just one second on the clock. Tony Donatelli continued his dominance of California this year with his team-leading third game-winning goal and 18th point against the Cougars alone this season.
Notes: Philadelphia was without the services of John Barry Nusum, reigning MISL Player-of-the-Week, who recorded a hat trick in the two teams previous meeting, a February 7 19-12 victory for the KiXX. Genoni Martinez has 12 points in four games against California this season.
First Quarter - Scoring: 2, CAL, Figueroa (Susi). 4, CAL, Scheer (Santana). 2, PHI, D’Ambra (Unassisted).
Second Quarter - Scoring: 4, PHI, Delevski (Martinez). 6, CAL, Tovar (Santana). 8, CAL, Susi (Unassisted).
Penalties: Wacker, PHI, Trip (2 min.)
Third Quarter Scoring: 10, CAL, Tovar (Hall). 6, PHI, D’Ambra (Martinez). 8, PHI, Naumoski (Unassisted).
Penalties: Susi, CAL, Too Many Men (2 min.). Hotchkin, PHI, Boarding (2 min.).
Fourth Quarter 12, CAL, Chantel (Mesanovic). 14, CAL, Santana (Mesanovic). 10, PHI, Naumoski (Unassisted). 16, CAL, Farber (Unassisted).12, PHI, D’Ambra (Unassisted). 14, PHI, Naumoski (D’Ambra). 16, PHI, D’Ambra (Naumoski).
Penalties: Pappas, PHI, Unsportsmanlike (5 min.).
The KiXX return to the City of Brotherly Love to entertain the Milwaukee Wave on Saturday, February 24. The contest will feature a silent and live post-game auction with all proceeds benefiting the Children's Miracle Network at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The silent portion of the auction will contain various sports memorabilia from the area teams as well as discounts and special promotions from establishments throughout the region. The auction will continue following the conclusion of the action with each of the KiXX' game-worn jerseys available for purchase. Game-time at the Wachovia Spectrum is slated for 7:05 pm ET with the doors opening at 6:00 pm ET.