The Chicago Riot defeated the first-place Baltimore Blast, 11-9 in overtime, Friday night at 1st Mariner Arena. Ante Cop scored the game-winning goal in the third minute of the overtime period. The Blast is still just one win away from winning the 2010-11 MISL regular season and hosting the 2011 MISL Championship Game.
Cop, the Riot's back-up goalkeeper who also scored a game-winning goal against the Blast on January 16, played as a field player on Friday while Jeff Richey manned the nets.
Defender Pat Morris scored twice in the first quarter to give the Blast an early 2-0 lead over the Riot. Morris scored his first goal in the fourth minute and his second goal as time expired at the end of the quarter.
Novi Marojevic scored a three-point goal early in the second quarter to put the Riot on the scoreboard and cut the Blast lead to 4-3. Matt Watson gave the Blast a 6-3 lead at 9:28 but Alex Megson answered just 31 seconds later to make it 6-5.
Morris completed his hat trick in the sixth minute of the third quarter with a three-point goal that put the Blast on top, 9-5.
Megson's second goal of the game cut the Blast lead to 9-7 just :58 seconds into the final quarter. Brandon Corday tied the game at 9-9, forcing the second overtime game between the Blast and Riot in a week.
Before the game the Blast honored forward Giuliano Celenza who announced earlier this week that he will retire at the end of the season.
The Blast, 14-4 and in first place in the MISL, have just two regular season games remaining.
If the Blast win either of their two remaining games they will win the 2010-11 regular season title and will host the 2011 MISL Championship Game on Friday, March 25.
Blast vs. Riot, 2010-11:
November 19, 1st Mariner Arena - W, 10-6
January 16, Odeum Expo Center - L, 12-14
January 29, 1st Mariner Arena - W, 18-17
January 30, Odeum Expo Center - W, 15-10
February 27, Odeum Expo Center - W, 16-13 OT
March 4, 1st Mariner Arena - L, 9-11 OT
The Blast will return to 1st Mariner to host the Missouri Comets for the last home game of the 2010-11 regular season.
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