The Baltimore Blast lost their first game of the season, 9-8, to the Omaha Vipers on New Year's Eve.
In a back-and-forth match that featured three lead changes and multiple penalties, the Vipers improved to 3-4 after Johnny Torres scored the game-winner with three minutes left in the game. The Blast, 5-1, remains in a two-way tie for first place with the Milwaukee Wave following the Missouri Comets' 13-8 victory over the Wave today in Milwaukee.
Max Ferdinand scored the first goal of the game, just four minutes into play, to put Baltimore on top, 2-0.
With time running out in the second quarter, former Blast player Carlos Farias scored a restart goal to tie the game at 2-2.
The third quarter featured three goals, various penalties and a lot of action as the Vipers took a 5-2 lead on a Farias power-play goal before the Blast battled back to score the next two goals and end the quarter ahead, 8-5. Adauto Neto regained the Blast lead with a power-play goal at 11:13 and Worteh Sampson ended the quarter with another goal to extend Baltimore's lead.
The Vipers scored two goals in the final quarter to cut the Blast lead to 8-7 and then to take the 9-8 lead.
The Blast will return to 1st Mariner Arena on January 8 to host the Milwaukee Wave.
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