BLAST ADVANCES TO CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
After Falling to Syracuse in Game 2, Baltimore Came Back to Win in Game 3
The Baltimore Blast faced the Syracuse Silver Knights tonight for the sixth time this season. After a tough 9-6 loss in game 2, the Blast came back in full force and ended the night with a 4-3 win in game 3. Baltimore advanced to the Championship series for the second consecutive year.
The first quarter in game 2 was a low scoring start to the game. Lucas Roque got the Blast on the board first with a goal at 8:58 on the clock off an assist from JT Noone. Nate Bordeau scored for the Silver Knights at 4:44 in the quarter off an assist from Kenardo Forbes to tie the game.
The Blast were able to record 6 shots in the second quarter to Syracuse’s one, but no goals were scored for either side. The Blast went into the half tied 2-2.
The second half picked up the pace with both teams coming out playing physically. At the 8:52 mark in the quarter Slavisa Ubiparapovic scored on a power play of an assist from Kenardo Forbes giving the Knights a 4-2 lead.
The Silver Knights scored at 8:21 in the fourth quarter as Antiono Manfut scored a 3 point goal off an assist from Neto. Tony Donatelli answered for the Blast with a goal at 5:57 in the quarter off an assist from Mike Lookingland. Kenardo Forbes answered with a goal for the Knights assisted by Slavisa Ubiparapovic. With 1:56 left in the quarter Pat Healey assisted Tony Donatelli for his second goal of the night, pulling the Blast within 3. At the final buzzer, the Blast had been defeated 9-6 in game 2 and then had to prepare for game 3, which started 15 minutes later.
Offensively, Tony Donatelli led the way scoring 2 goals. Defensively goalkeeper William Vanzela recorded 6 saves in the loss. The Blast captain set the tone in game 3 with an early goal and Marco Mangione was able to seal the victory with a goal.
Scoring Summary Game 2:
1 2 3 4 F
Blast 2 0 0 4 6
Knights 2 0 2 5 9
After dropping game 2 of the MISL semifinal series the Blast were forced into a 15- minute mini game against the Syracuse Silver Knights with the winner advancing to the MISL championship series.
Mike Lookingland gave the Blast an early lead off a penalty kick with 13:06 on the clock. With 5:07 on the clock Adriano Dos Santos assisted Marco Mangione who headed the ball in for a spectacular goal. With 2:00 left in the game Slavisa Ubiparipovic scored a 3-point goal for the Silver Knights. At the final buzzer the Blast had won 4-3 earning a spot in the MISL Championship Series.
Offensively, Tony Donatelli led the way scoring 2 goals in game 2 both off Mike Lookingland assists. Defensively goalkeeper William Vanzela recorded 6 saves in the loss. The Blast captain set the tone in game 3 with an early goal and Marco Mangione was able to seal the victory with a goal.
Baltimore will travel to Missouri on Friday to take on the Comets in game one of the MISL Championship Series at 8:30pm EST. before hosting game two at the Baltimore Arena Sunday at 5:05pm.
Scoring Summary Game 3:
Baltimore 4 4
Syracuse 3 3
MISL Championship Series:
3/14 @ Missouri, 8:30p.m.
3/16 vs. Missouri, 5:05p.m.