The Baltimore Blast hosted the Syracuse Silver Knights on Friday night in an eastern divisional showdown. In a high scoring game the Blast defeated the Silver Knights 8-4. This victory clinched the Blast a playoff spot for the 10th consecutive season.
The Blast recorded the first goal of the game from Vini Dantas assisted by Tony Donatelli. This was Dantas’ 17th goal and Donatelli’s 17th assist of the season. Syracuse would get on the board when Slavisa Ubiparipovic found the back of the net but the Blast would answer seconds later when Tony Donatelli converted a shootout attempt for his 17th goal of the season. At the end of the first the Blast led 2-1.
In the second quarter the Blast defense held the Silver Knights scoreless and added to their lead. At the 12:46 mark Elton de Oliveria recorded his second goal of the season. At the half the Blast led 3-1.
Only :30 seconds into the third quarter the Blast would strike when Elton de Oliveria recorded his second goal of the game off of Tony Donatelli’s second assist. At the 11:05 mark Vini Dantas would find the back of the net for his second goal of the game assisted by Pat Healey. Ubiparipovic recorded the second Syracuse goal at the 7:57 mark but the Blast would answer with back to back goals. Lucas Roque recorded his fifth goal of the season off on Tony Donatelli’s third assist of the game followed by Andrew Hoxie scoring from midfield of an assist from Elton de Oliveria. Entering the final quarter the Blast led 7-2.
The goals continued in the final quarter. Tony Donatelli scored his team leading 18th goal of the season of an assist from Lucas Roque. After bringing on the 6th attacker the Silver Knights would find the back of the net with a goal from Jake Schindler assisted by Upiparipovic. Ubiparipovic would record the hat trick at the 11:58 mark but it wold not be enough to come back. At the final buzzer the Blast defeated the Silver Knights 8-4.
The Blast were led by Tony Donatelli who recorded 2 goals and 3 assists. Elton de Oliveria and Vini Dantas also added 2 goals in the victory.
The Blast will be back in action Sunday, February 19th for a rematch against the Syracuse Silver Knights. Kickoff is at 4:05 p.m. from the Royal Farms Arena. Tickets are on sale now through TicketMaster.com.