Jeremy Gottsch | harrisburgheat.com
The 2016/2017 regular season has come to an end. The Harrisburg Heat fell to the Baltimore Blast by a score of 11-3.In a game that had no effect on the standings, the Heat decided to rest starting goalkeeper Hugo Silva and leading goal scorer Lucio Gonzaga. This gave an opportunity to some of the younger guys to get some playing time. These two teams will meet in the first round of the playoffs this Saturday.
The Heat got off to a quick start when Thiago Freitas netted the first goal of the game just two minutes in. The Blast had an answer however; Tony Dontatelli tied the game with a goal a few minutes later. Baltimore took control of the game from that point on. Over a four minute span, the Blast scored 4 goals to take a 4-1 lead.
Lucas Roque extended the lead for the Blast early into the second period. The Heat were unable to find any consistency on offense. Baltimore held control of the ball which helped set them up for open shots on goal. Jose Birche added a goal for the Heat to cut the lead to 5-2.
The 2nd half was more of the same. Baltimore was able to get off a lot of shots on keeper Ryan Sipe who was making his first start of the season. The Blast took advantage of the absence of Hugo Silva. Silva has been one of the top keepers this season, owning the 3rd best save percentage in the league.
Birche added his 2nd goal of the game in the third period but that was the only offense from Harrisburg in the half. Baltimore added six more goals in the 2nd half to win the game 11-3.
These two teams will face each other this coming Saturday, March 11th. The Heat will be with their regular lineup of players so that will make for a different game. Game two of the series is scheduled for March 14th in Harrisburg. Every ticket price will be $15 so come out and support your Harrisburg Heat. For tickets visit http://harrisburgheat.com/tickets/