Blast Defeat Harrisburg 4-3 in Overtime
Led by Hoxie’s Game-Winning Goal
The Blast won a hard fought game against the Harrisburg Heat 4-3 in overtime. In front of a crowd of 3,725, Andrew Hoxie scored the overtime goal to keep the Blast undefeated at home. Thiago Freitas recorded two assists for the Heat.
The game started out as a defensive battle. The Blast would get the only goal of the 1st quarter on an unassisted goal by Nelson Santana. The second quarter was much of the same, with both defenses standing tall and limiting scoring chances. It was a scoreless second quarter, and the Blast would take a 1-0 lead at halftime.
The 3rd quarter got off to a quicker start, with Harrisburg scoring two goals within 25 seconds early in the quarter. Goals by Elmo Neto and Ricardo Carvalho gave the Heat a 2-1 lead. The Blast would answer with a goal by Juan Pereira to tie the game back at 2-2. Harrisburg would retake the lead on a goal scored by Brad Kerstetter with 10 minutes remaining in the game. The Blast would answer once again, with Lucas Roque scoring a power play goal to tie the game at 3-3 at the 6:31 mark to send it to overtime. Andrew Hoxie scored the winning goal for the Blast 1:10 into overtime.
The win is the 3rd straight for the Blast, and moves the team to 6-0 at home on the year. The Blast had four different goal scorers, and went 1-2 on the power play while also killing off both Harrisburg penalties. William Vanzela recorded 17 saves in the game for the Blast. Harrisburg goalkeeper Hugo Silva had 8 saves of his own.
The Blast are back in action next Friday, January 12th at 7:05 p.m. when they travel to Syracuse to take on the Silver Knights. The game can be streamed at MASL.tv or on the MASL app.
MASL Match Report
Match: Baltimore Blast vs. Harrisburg Heat
Date: January 6, 2018
Venue: SECU Arena, Towson, MD
Kickoff: 6:05 p.m. EST
Goals 1 2 3 4 OT F
Baltimore 1 0 1 1 1 4
Harrisburg 0 0 2 1 0 3
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