BOSTON - There's not much you can do except watch in awe when your opponent turns in its best offensive performance in franchise history.
That's exactly what the Thunder did last night at the FleetCenter watch. The Boston Blazers exploited the sixth-ranked defense in the league en route to a 28-13 victory in a Major Indoor Lacrosse League game.
The win assured the Blazers the third seed in the MILL playoffs and eliminated the Thunder's chances of making a postseason appearance as it fell to 3-6.
The Blazers (6-4) were phenomenal, peppering Thunder goaltenders J. J. Pearl and Bob Watson with 66 shots.
The Blazers were led by game MVP Charlie Blanchard, who scored seven goals and had an assist. Randy Fraser added four goals and two assists, and Daren Fridge and Tom Ryan scored three apiece for coach Ron Fraser, who never anticipated his team's goal output.
"We didn't plan to do that," said Fraser, whose team outscored the Thunder 10-1 in the final period. "We actually wanted to slow the game down a little bit and have them play our game. Our guys just stepped up and scored some big goals."
The Blazers' goal-scoring production, coupled with the fact they have the highest-rated defense (yielding 11.1 goals per game) in the MILL, meant lights out for the Thunder. Coach Skip Lichtfuss refused to comment after the game.
Mark Millon netted six goals for Baltimore.
The scoring pace was fast and furious in the opening quarter, which ended with the Blazers leading 6-5.
The Thunder began the scoring in the opening minute with a power-play goal by Millon, who deposited a shot past Marty O'Neill into the bottom right corner.
The Blazers answered with a power play strike of their own, Daren Fridge scoring his 20th goal of the season off a nice feed from Tom Ryan. Blazers forward Charlie Blanchard then made it 3-1 with two quick tallies in less than a minute.
From there, the teams traded goals the Blazers getting another from Blanchard and one from Randy Fraser, and the Thunder a pair from Millon and one from Rob Shek before Tom Carmean gave the Blazers a 6-5 lead at the break with a power-play score.
The Blazers continued to sizzle in the second quarter with a five-goal outburst, including three goals in the opening 2: 20, and led 11-7 at halftime.
Pub Date: 3/24/96