Eastern Division Championship Preview
Baltimore Blast vs. Syracuse Silver Knights
Game 1: Friday, March 11 7:35p.m. EST @ Royal Farms Arena (Baltimore)
Game 2: Sunday, March 13 4:05p.m. @ OnCenter Arena (Syracuse)
Game 3: Mini Game (If Necessary): Sunday, March 13 @ Oncenter Arena (Syracuse)
Setting the Tone:
Baltimore Blast: Finished the regular season 15-4 and are the number 1 seed in the Eastern Division.
Syracuse Silver Knights: Finished the regular season 11-9 as the number 2 seed in the Eastern Division. Defeated the Waza Flo 5-3 last week in the Eastern Division Semi-Final to advance.
Regular Season Matchups: The Blast are 3-1 against the Silver Knights this season
Nov 14- Blast 6 Knights 0
Dec 11- Blast 5 Knights 2
Jan 2- Blast 7 Knights 2
Jan 24- Blast 2 Knights 3
Baltimore Regular Season League Leaders:
William Vanzela leads the MASL in GAA. (2.95)
William Vanzela leads the MASL in save percentage. (.791)
Pat Healey (43) tied for the league lead in blocks.
Tony Donatelli (17) and Pat Healey (17) are tied for 11th in assists.
Tony Donatelli (31) ranks 19th in points.
Vini Dantas (20) ranks 24th in goals.
Baltimore Team Leaders:
Points: Goals: Assists: Blocks:
Tony Donatelli-34 Vini Dantas- 20 Pat Healey- 17 Pat Healey- 43
Vini Dantas-30 Lucas Roque- 19 Tony Donatelli-17 Kaoru Forbess- 19
Lucas Roque- 26 Tony Donatelli-17 Vini Dantas-10 Adriano Dos Santos-17
Pat Healey- 23 Andrew Hoxie-15 Jinho Kim-9 Donatelli/Periera-7
Defense Wins Championships:
The Blast defense finished the regular season best in the league allowing only 57 goals which was 38 goals better than any other team in the MASL. The defense allows an average of only 3 goals per game.
Offensively, while Tony Donatelli leads the Blast in points with 34, the Blast are far from being one dimensional. The Blast have 10 players who have recorded 10 points or more this season including veteran leaders Tony Donatelli, Lucas Roque, and Pat Healey.
The Competition- Syracuse Silver Knights:
Kenardo Forbes led the Silver Knights in points this season with 27 and also recorded 3 playoff points in the opening game against the Waza Flo. Jerjer Gibson recorded 2 goals against the Waza Flo and led the team in goals with 17 during the regular season. Goalkeeper Bryan O’Quinn enters with a 5.06 GAA. The Silver Knights are coached by Tommy Tanner.