The Heat is back on the road this weekend with a trip to Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Thursday,  followed by a stop in Kansas City on Friday. Harrisburg is coming off of a big win on February 4, defeating Florida 6-2.  Current standings in the Eastern Division reflect the tight race to the playoffs with Florida (8-9) and Harrisburg (7-8) neck and neck behind Baltimore.

There’s no doubt the changes made by the Heat’s new ownership have led to big improvements throughout the season.

“At present, we have more than doubled the wins of the past two years combined,” said Heat CEO/GM Carl Delmont, referencing the Heat’s season performance.  “We have the most wins since 2002 and are in the playoff hunt for the first time since 2000.  We beat Baltimore for the first time in 14 years and Chicago for the first time ever.”

The team improvements are paying off for individual players as they have seen gains in standings in the MASL, with star-worthy performances like Hugo DaSilva’s at the last game where he allowed only 2 goals on 17 shots.

“Brad Kerstetter, Hugo DaSilva, Stephen Basso, Thiago Freitas and Fernando Gatica have all been Team of the Week honorees,”  added Delmont.

The Heat lost to Cedar Rapids by only one point, 3-2 at their last meeting and the Rampage have lost 4 of their last 7 games.  Harrisburg will face Kansas City Friday night, then Florida in a back to back homestand 2/24 and 2/25.