Springfield Preview

DALLAS SNIPERS (7-20-0, 14pts) 


The Dallas Snipers played well for most of their series against Springfield last weekend, and were hoping to build some momentum heading into the second half of the season, but ultimately fell short in all three games with the Express.

The Snipers had seven different goal scorers on the weekend with Karsten Portell scoring three times. Dallas opened the scoring in the first game but fell behind, 4-0, in Sunday’s 7-3 loss.

Sunday saw its share of second-period fisticuffs and both teams amassed 109 total PIMs in the game.

The Snipers started strong in Friday’s game, taking leads of 1-0 and 3-2, but the Express scored five unanswered goals to win that game.

The Snipers are being led with consistent play by Alex Hladonik (14-26-40), Sterling Cooper (16-23-39), and Jaroslav Vasicek (13-22-35), and five Dallas skaters have double digit goals.

Dallas got strong play from their goaltenders with Rafael Goncalves making 81 saves total in Friday and Sunday’s games. Manny Legace stopped 33 shots on Saturday.

A trip to Missouri this weekend for a re-match with Springfield gives the Snipers a chance to apply what they learned last week, and maybe catch a break, and pick up some points from the Express.

-Tyler Whidden