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Eastern Divisional Finals Preview

 MASL Eastern Division Final Preview

Baltimore Blast vs. Harrisburg Heat
 

Game 1: Saturday, March 11th @ Royal Farms Arena 7:05 p.m. EST
Game 2 (and potential mini game): Tuesday, March 14th @ Farm Show Arena 7:35 p.m. EST
 
Setting the Tone: 
 
Baltimore Blast: 14-6
First Place in the Eastern Division
 
Harrisburg Heat: 10-10 
Second place in the Eastern Division
 
 
Blast Regular Season Leaders:
  
Points:
Tony Donatelli (42)
Vini Dantas (31)
Andrew Hoxie (23)
 
Assists:
Tony Donatelli (23)
Vini Dantas (11)
Jonatas Melo/ Pat Healey (8)
 
Goals:
Vini Dantas (20)
Tony Donatelli (19)
Andrew Hoxie (17)
 
Blocks:
Adriano Dos Santos (24)
Pat Healey (18)
Tony Donatelli/ Jonatas Melo (12) 
 
 
Regular Season Series: 
11/5/16 The Blast defeated the Heat in Harrisburg 11-6
12/30/16 The Heat defeated the Blast in Harrisburg 7-4
1/14/17 The Blast defeated the Heat in Baltimore 5-2 
3/5/17 The Blast defeated the Heat in in Baltimore 11-3
       
Baltimore Players to Watch: 
Tony Donatelli finished 3rd in the MASL in assists with 23 and leads the Blast with 42 points on the season. Vini Dantas leads the Blast in goals with 20 while last season’s chamnpionship MVP, Lucas Roque, has recorded 13 points in 12 games this season. The Blast offense enters averaging 5.7 goals per game. 
 
Defensively, reigning MASL Defender of the Year Pat Healey leads a defense allowing an average of only 3.5 goals per game. Adriano Dos Santos leads the Blast in blocks while William Vanzela has finished another season leading the MASL in goals allowed average. Vanzela ended the regular season allowing 3.34 goals per game which was his fourth consecutive season leading the league. 
 
 
The Competition- Harrisburg Heat 
The Heat enter with the momentum of their first playoff appearance in 17 years. Ricardo Carvalho leads the Heat in points with 27 off of 16 goals and 11 assists. Rookie Thiago Freitas leads the Heat with 14 assists. Lucio Gonzaga is a veteran presence for the Heat who leads the team with 19 goals. To compliment Gonzaga the late season acquisitions of Elmo Neto and Chile Farias add depth and experience to the Heat roster. Defensively, Stephen Basso leads the MASL in blocks in front of goalkeeper Hugo Silva who enters the series with a 5.55 GAA and a regular season record of 8-4. The Heat are coached by Blast hall of famer, Denison Cabral. 
 
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