For the second time this weekend, the Blast battled back from a first-quarter deficit to earn a victory on the road. Seven different players scored and Ptah Myers and Adauto Neto recorded hat tricks as the Blast improved to 19-5 with just two regular season games remaining.
Missouri's Cristiano and Leo Gibson opened the scoring to put the Comets on top 5-0 before the Blast mounted their first comeback of the game to tie it at 5-5. J.T. Noone scored a three-pointer and Max Ferdinand added a goal a minute later to make it 5-5 after one quarter.
Neto gave Baltimore its first lead of the game, 7-5, in the third minute of the second quarter before Cristiano's second goal tied it up at 7-7. The Comets regained the lead, 9-7, on a goal from Ramone Palmer but Neto's second goal of the game tied it for the third time and Myers' first goal gave the Blast an 11-9 halftime lead.
Lucio Gonzaga and Stephen DeRoux scored early in the second half to extend Baltimore's lead to 15-9 and Neto's third goal put the Blast on top 17-9. The Comets fought back, scoring the next two goals, and chipped away at the Blast lead to make it 17-13 after three quarters of play.
Baltimore opened the final quarter with a man advantage and Gonzaga took advantage, knocking in a power play goal to make it 19-13. Myers added two goals in the final quarter while Ferdinand and Pat Healey also scored.
- The newest member of the Blast, Chris Williams, saw his first game action today
- The teams combined for 19 goals and 21 penalty minutes
- Four Blast players recorded at least two goals
- Pat Healey recorded one goal and four assists
- Myers had a hat trick in both games this weekend
- 27 points ties a season-high previously set against Syracuse on January 20
The second-place Baltimore Blast have secured a spot in the 2013 MISL postseason and home-field advantage in the first round.
The Blast will finish the 2012-13 regular season with home games on the 16th and 23rd.
February 16th Hall of Fame night and the team will induct former player and assistant coach Tarik Walker. Walker, who played 10 seasons in Baltimore, began his career as the 1994 NPSL Rookie of the Year and went on to represent Baltimore in two All-Star Games and win championships with the team and 2003, 2004 and 2006. He recorded 582 points during his time in Baltimore and still ranks second on the team’s all-time scoring list.
Every MISL game this season can be seen live on the Internet at www.MISLNation.com.
Tickets to all Blast home games are available at TicketMaster.com.