Written by James Bowers
Harrisburg Surrender 3-0 Leader
(Harrisburg, PA, December, 15, 2012) - The Harrisburg Heat lost to the Detroit Waza 6-3 Saturday night in front of 1,735 fans at the Equine Center of the Farm Show Complex. Harrisburg maintained a 3-0 lead after the first quarter. However, Detroit outscored the Heat 6-0 for the remaining three periods. Harrisburg forward Tom Mellor tallied a brace for the Heat as midfielder David Scofield assisted on two goals and Dave Kern saved twelve shots. Miki Djerisilo’s three points (one goal, two assists) lead the way for the Waza as goalkeeper Joe Kapinos blocked eight shots. Combined, both teams committed thirty nine fouls and six powerplay goals. The win for Detroit gives them a 6-1 record, taking a 0.5 game lead over the Cincinnati Kings in the Eastern Division standings. The loss for Harrisburg drops them to 1-4 and in third place of the Eastern Division.
Three minutes into the game, Harrisburg’s Tyler Witmer played a ball off the wall from the right side of the field. The ball rolled right through Detroit’s key, finding Mellor’s left foot at the top of the key for the left, upper ninety finish. Late in the quarter, Schofield headed a ball down from the left corner to Brian Ombiji’s feet in the middle of the key. Ombiji then controlled the ball, faked out a Waza defender and struck a right foot shot off the right post for the goal. Less than two minutes left, Mellor received the ball in the middle of the key. Mellor would take a shot off Kapinos, rebounding his own shot behind Kapinos and tap it in. The Heat would have a 3-0 lead after one quarter.
Almost four minutes into the second quarter, Detroit’s Miki Djerisilo played a ball from the top of the key to Costea Decu on the left side. Decu would one-time a shot, finishing in the right side netting. The Waza would make it close game minutes later as Djerisilo took a shot, making Kern make a diving save. However, as Kern made the clinical save, Dominic Scicluna was in the right spot for the rebound, knocking the ball in the back of the net. Going into halftime, the Heat were up 3-2.
Coming out of halftime, Detroit would tie the game with almost four minutes left. Fernando Gatica received a ball on the left side with his back turned against the goal. Gatica would then lay it off to a streaking Toni Scicluna in the middle of the Heat’s yellow line. Scicluna would then slide for the shot, finishing in the top right corner.
In the last quarter, Detroit would shock the Heat and take the lead as Gatica played a ball from the left corner to Scicluna in the middle of the key for the powerplay goal. Minutes later, Kern received a ball from Harrisburg’s Kent Ramirez. However, with no options to give the ball to and high pressure from Waza’s offense, Kern was forced to get rid of the ball. Unfortunately, the ball found Djerisilo’s feet who’d take advantage of the turnover, scoring his first goal of the game. With time running out and down by two goals, the Heat were forced to take Kern out and put in Schofield as the sixth attacker. It would not benefit them as Detroit’s Michael Grba cleared a ball from his own half of the field, rolling slowly into the Heat’s goal for the final goal of the night.
The Heat’ s next home game of the season is scheduled for 7:05pm Saturday, December 29that the Equine Arena of the Farm Show Complex against the Ohio Vortex. The Harrisburg Heat will retire Heat Legend David Bascome’s jersey during the halftime ceremony. For more information or questions regarding the Harrisburg Heat, contact the team at 717-657-7678, or visit www.harrisburgheat.com.
HAR- Tom Mellor (Tyler Witmer) (Powerplay) 1st Quarter, 3:13
HAR- Brian Ombiji (David Schofield) (Powerplay) 1st Quarter, 11:58
HAR- Tom Mellor (David Schofield) (Powerplay) 1st Quarter, 13:44
DET-Costea Decu (Miki Djerisilo) (Powerplay) 2nd Quarter, 3:39
DET- Dominic Scicluna (Miki Djerisilo) (Powerplay) 2nd Quarter, 7:59
DET- Tino Scicluna (Fernando Gatica) (Shorthanded) 3rd Quarter, 10:22
DET- Dominic Scicluna (Fernando Gatica) (Powerplay) 4th Quarter, 4:24
DET- Miki Djerisilo (unassisted) 4th Quarter, 9:04
DET- Michael Grba (unassisted) (Shorthanded) 4th Quarter 13:26
Starting Lineup: Dave Kern, Jason Hotchkin, David Schofield, Andrew Marshall, Brian Ombiji, Christopher Willaims
Substitutions Available: Brad Kerstetter, Kenny Fultz, David Miller, Kent Ramirez, Tyler Witmer, Yann Ekra, Tom Mellor, Craig Tyrell
Detroit Waza Flo-
Starting Lineup: Joe Kapinos, Tino Scicluna, Miki Djerisilo, Costea Decu, Zack Wilkes, Dominic Scicluna
Substitutions Available:Scott Wright, Darrel Quinn, Michael Grba, Victor Otieno, Fernando Gatica, Zane Polack, Ryan Mallord, Ricardo Lopez, Jamie Kapinos, Ryan Montigue
Crew Chief: Standford Nagle
Assistant Referees-Michael Lukashunas, Erick Samples, Scott Meyers