KiXX Beat The Blizzard But Not The Blast

Phil AndrewsCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2009

With an impending blizzard bearing down on the mid-Atlantic region, the Philadelphia KiXX managed to mosey out of Maryland Friday night, before the first snow flake hit the ground, unfortunately their escape coming after a 9-8 loss to the Baltimore Blast .

Cape May, New Jersey, native Anthony Maher led Philadelphia’s attack with a pair of goals while goalkeeper Sanaldo turned away nine shots.

After battling to a 4-4 tie at the break, the KiXX  (1-4) started the second half with great intensity as a quick Ricardinho to Maher feed at 1:07 of the third stanza gave Philadelphia its first lead of the night, 6-4. An ensuing foul against the KiXX then resulted in a power play three-pointer by Baltimore midfielder Robbie Aristodemo at the five minute mark, and Millwood finished off a hat trick at 6:35 to put the Blast (3-1) on top, 9-6. With his club in need, Philadelphia forward Leo Gibson answered at 8:49 on his team-leading fifth goal of the year, closing the gap to 9-8 but that was as close as Don Di’ Ambra’s club would come.

By the way, Philadelphia won’t have to worry about snow on their next trip as they travel to Monterrey, Mexico to play La Raza on Sunday, January 3rd . Then just one week later, on January 3rd , the KiXX will play their historic first home game at the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University, when they host the Rockford Rampage .