Kixx rally to slip past the Blast, 13-12

BALTIMORE - Sandre Naumoski scored the game-winning goal on a pass from Edgar Bartolomeu with only 40 seconds left last night as the Kixx began gearing up for the MISL playoffs with a 13-12 win over the Baltimore Blast.

With the win over the defending league champions, the Kixx (17-12) are assured of no worse than the No. 3 seed in the playoffs.

The team is just a half-game behind the first-place Detroit Ignition, who visit the Kixx tonight in the final regular-season game.

Baltimore fell to 15-14.

The Kixx fell behind by 8-0 early in the second quarter before goals by Don D'Ambra and Dino Delevski cut the deficit in half, 8-4.

The Blast then forged to a 12-6 lead before D'Ambra scored again, and Genoni Martinez found the top corner of the net for a three-point score to pull the Kixx within one, 12-11, in the third period.

After more than 14 scoreless minutes in the final period, the Kixx got their first lead of the night when Naumoski registered a two-point restart goal on a pass from Bartolomeu with only 40 seconds remaining.