Blast dominate Heat for second night in a row, win 10-3

by Jacob Shindel/Blast

Towson, MD (February 5, 2023) – The Baltimore Blast dominated for the second night in a row as they beat the Harrisburg Heat 10-3. Lucas Roque's two goal, one assist performance has him tied for first in the MASL for both goals scored and overall points.

The second straight game with over 10 goals was led by a hat trick from Patrick Thompson, two-goal performances from Roque and Tony Donatelli, and a three-assist performance from Jamie Thomas. 

The first goal of the game came off of a shot by Baltimore's Mike Deasel, which was deflected and re-routed by Harrisburg's Alejandro Chavez into the back of the net. The Blast took a 1-0 lead with 3:29 left in the opening quarter. 

The Blast led 1-0 at the end of the first quarter. Goalkeeper William Vanzela recorded two saves to shutout the Heat in the opening frame. 

Less than a minute into the second quarter, the Heat leveled the game at one apiece with a goal from Dominic Francis on the power play. David Mellor picked up the assist on the goal. Three minutes later, the Blast retook the lead with a goal from Jereme Raley. Thomas picked up an assist on the goal that gave Baltimore a 2-1 lead. 

With 8:30 left in the half, Zach Reget put the ball in the net after a pass by Robert Williamson to tie the game again. Less than 30 seconds later, Thompson put the Blast up again after a pass into the box by Jereme Raley. It only took 30 more seconds for the Blast to break open the game with a shot by Roque. Donatelli assisted on the play, and gave Baltimore a 4-2 lead. 

Thompson scored his second goal of the evening after heading a saved ball back into the net. The ball bounced back and forth multiple times between Blast players and goalkeeper Chase Vosvick before a shot from Thomas turned into a header for Thompson. The goal, assisted by Thomas, put the Blast up by three. 

At halftime, the Blast held a 5-2 lead thanks to four second quarter goals. Thompson recorded two goals, while Raley picked up a goal and an assist, and Thomas had two assists. The Blast increased their offensive intensity in the second quarter, recording four goals off of 11 shots. In the first quarter, the team only recorded one goal and five shots. 

Less than 30 seconds into the second half, Roque scored for the Blast, with Donatelli picking up the assist. With 12:56 left in the third, Josh Hughes took a pass from Jack Shearer and put it in the back of the net to give the Blast a 7-2 lead. 

Thompson recorded a hat trick after scoring his third goal of the night. Shearer picked up his second assist of the night. The Heat scored a goal to put the game at 8-3 after Malcolm Harris scored via an assist from Francis. 

The third quarter ended with the Blast holding an 8-3 lead. Donatelli scored seven seconds into the final quarter, giving the Blast a 9-3 lead after Vosvick struggled to clear the ball. The scoring run continued with Donatelli easily chipping it into an open net off the pass from Roque, who picked up the assist. The Blast put up double-digit goals for the second straight game. 

The game ended with the Blast scoring in double figures and beating the Heat 10-3, despite only netting one goal in the opening period. Baltimore has a week off before returning to SECU Arena on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 6:05 p.m. when they will host the Milwaukee Wave.