In the first of two games against the Syracuse Silver Knights in less than 24 hours, the Blast needed overtime to earn a 10-8 win. Adauto Neto scored the game winner, seven minutes into the extra quarter, to improve the Blast to 16-5 with just five games left in the regular season.
It was a tale of two halves Friday night in Syracuse as the Blast scored three straight first-half goals for an 8-2 halftime lead before allowing the Knights to score the last three goals of regulation to tie the game at 8-8 and force overtime.
Despite giving up the first goal of the game, the Blast took control late in the first half, scoring three goal in five minutes for a 6-2 lead. Marco Mangione, Tony Donatelli and Ptah Myers contributed first-quarter goals and Mike Lookingland added a goal in the second quarter.
The Silver Knights chipped away at the Blast lead with Slavisa Ubiparapovic scoring in the third quarter to start the Knights' scoring streak. Antonio Manfut cut Baltimore's lead to 8-6 and Kenardo Forbes tied the game at 8-8.
The teams will play game two of the weekend home-and-home series Saturday night at 1st Mariner Arena. Saturday is Breast Cancer Awareness Night and the team will auction off the players' game-worn pink jerseys for cancer research.
By the Numbers:
Baltimore Blast: Second place, 16-5
Syracuse Silver Knights: Sixth place, 6-14
The Blast and Silver Knights will play each other in a home-and-home series this weekend, with game one in Syracuse Friday night and game two in Baltimore just 24 hours later. The Blast has defeated the Silver Knights three times already this season including the most recent 27-13 victory at Oncenter on January 20.
Syracuse is led by Neto’s 59 points, followed by Nelson Santana with 37 points and Slavisa Ubiparapovic (35). Goalkeeper Bryan O’Quinn has started every game this season and is 6-13.
Every MISL game this season can be seen live on the Internet at www.MISLNation.com.
Go Pink on Saturday
Saturday night is breast cancer awareness night at 1st Mariner Arena and the Blast will take the field in specially made pink jerseys. The jerseys will be auctioned off during the game for breast cancer research.
Tickets to all Blast home games are available at TicketMaster.com.