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Blast Beats Riot 15-10; Improves to 10-3

The Blast moved back into a tie for first place with a 15-10 win over the Chicago Riot Sunday night.  The Blast battled back from an early 4-0 deficit to take an 8-4 lead early in the second half, only to fall behind 10-8 late in the game, forcing a fourth-quarter rally.  Defender Pat Morris scored two late goals to clinch the Blast's fourth straight win. 

Like in Baltimore Saturday night, the Chicago Riot scored first, earning a 2-0 lead off a Miodrag Djerisilo goal midway through the first quarter.  Also like the night before in Baltimore, the fourth quarter featured a flurry of goals, only this time it was the Blast who battled back. 

Eric Duda added a goal early in the second quarter to extend the Riot lead to 4-0.  Despite a Riot power play late in the second quarter, the last eight minutes of the quarter belonged to the Blast who scored three straight goals to take their first lead of the game, 6-4, just seconds before halftime.  Pat Healey scored first, followed by Giuliano Celenza who tied the game at 4-4, then Worteh Sampson, just seconds after stepping out of the penalty box. 

Healey scored his second goal of the night early in the second half to extend the Blast lead to 8-4 but Semir Mesanovic ended the third quarter with a goal to cut Baltimore's lead to 8-6.

The Blast, who have scored goals on each of their last six power play opportunities, added two power play goals late in the game for the 15-10 come-from-behind victory.  Marco Sullo and Eric Lukin scored for the Riot early in the final quarter to tie the game at 8-8 and recapture a Chicago lead (10-8) but the Blast scored the last three goals of the game, starting with Warren Ukah and ending with the game-winning three-pointer and a penalty kick from Morris.

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