by Jim Fossell

January 15, 2016

St. Charles, MO – The St. Louis Ambush kicked off the second half of their 2015-16 season with a 5-3 win over the Syracuse Silver Knights in front of 4,971 fans Friday morning at the Family Arena.

The Ambush got on the board first when Cody Costakis found the back of the net at 5:15 of the opening stanza. The Silver Knights answered less than a minute later (5:59) when their leading scorer, Antonio Manfut, registered his 11th goal of the season. Syracuse seized the lead when a wide shot by Jerjer Gibson came off the dasher board and deflected off the hand of Ambush goalkeeper Piotr Sliwa and rolled back into the goal. The Ambush drew even at 10:56 when a pass sequence between Lucas Almeida and Andre Hayne resulted in Hayne scoring for St. Louis.

St. Louis took a 3-2 lead a 2:29 of the third quarter when Chris Mattingly launched a long shot into the net off a pass from Kentaro Takada. The Ambush increased their lead to 4-2 when a shot by Odaine Sinclair hit the board and Anthony Arico was able to fire the rebound into the upper corner at 10:49 to send the teams to the locker rooms for the halftime break with St. Louis enjoying a two goal lead.

The Silver Knights reduced the Ambush lead to 4-3 when Joey Tavernese was able to steal the ball from Mattingly, then turn and make a quick shot into the net at 2:31. At 13:57, Hayne took a shot that went wide and rebounded off the dasher board, but Andre stayed with the rebound and was able to beat Syracuse goalkeeper Bryan O’Quinn to tally his second of the game and regain a two-goal lead (5-3) for the Ambush.

While both teams put on a solid technical display in the final quarter, neither side scored and the Ambush held on for the 5-3 win.

The victory improved St. Louis’ record to 2-9, while Syracuse dropped to 5-5. Piotr Sliwa made seven saves on 10 save attempts in earning his second win of the season in goal for the Ambush. O’Quinn saved 18 on 23 attempts in goal for the Silver Knights. Officials handed out ten fouls and two penalties to St. Louis, while Syracuse collected ten fouls and one penalty.

The Silver Knights won’t have to wait long for an opportunity to avenge Friday’s loss as they will host the Ambush at the Oncenter Arena in Syracuse next Friday, January 22 at 6:30 p.m. (CT). The Ambush return home to the Family Arena to close out the month with back-to-back home games Friday, January 29 and Saturday, January 30. On January 29, the Ambush host the division-rival Chicago Mustangs at 7:35 p.m. On January 30, the Baltimore Blast come to town for a 7:05 p.m. showdown.

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Rookie Andre Hayne (left) is quickly making his mark in the MASL. The former Lindenwood standout tallied two goals in the January 15 win over Syracuse and has registered seven goals in four games played for the Ambush.

The Ambush have compiled a 2-3 record thus far under new Head Coach Tony Glavin. The team was 0-6 when Glavin took the reigns for his first game December 19.

Ambush defender Chris Mattingly continues to rank among the top defenders in the league. Mattingly blocked five shots in Friday’s contest, adding to his league-leading 37 blocks on the season.