Heat's 10-0 run adds to Blast swoon, 14-12

10-2 hole proves too deep in fourth loss in five games

November 28, 1999|By Michael Bullock | Michael Bullock,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- For the second straight night, the Blast found itself staring at an early deficit. And again the hole proved too deep.

Gino DiFlorio scored three goals and David Bascome two as the Harrisburg Heat dealt the Blast a 14-12 setback before 5,891 last night at the Farm Show Arena.

Denison Cabral netted two goals for the Blast (5-4), which lost its second straight and fourth in five games. Erik Rasmussen also had a fine effort with four assists.

Unlike in Cleveland on Friday night when it dropped a 12-8 decision, the Blast actually held the lead against Harrisburg -- for about five minutes.

Cabral's first score gave the Blast a 2-0 lead just 39 seconds in. That was it, however.

A 10-0 Harrisburg run, one ignited by Bascome, fueled by DiFlorio and capped by Steve Klein, proved to be too much.

Six Blast penalties also didn't help, particularly the three in the first quarter that led directly to three Harrisburg points.

After Bascome's goal tied the game with 5: 26 gone in the first quarter, DiFlorio's natural hat trick stretched the Harrisburg advantage to 8-2 after one.

Klein's deuce, off a DiFlorio delivery, made it 10-2 at the break.

"We had to win," said Bascome, after the Heat ended its four-game losing streak. "And to win against Baltimore, which has great players, is great. They're stacked."

Harrisburg (3-5) might have held an even larger halftime lead had the Blast not gotten another terrific effort from keeper Scott Hileman. "He kept them in the game," said Heat player-coach Richard Chinapoo.

Hileman posted 10 of his 22 saves in the first half, then added another eight in the third quarter when the Blast began inching back.

Goals by Lance Johnson and Jason Dieter, the second with 4: 33 gone in the third, pulled the Blast to within 10-6.

Later down 14-8, the Blast uncorked another run in the final 15 minutes of play.

Paul Wright made it 14-10 with 1: 50 gone. The Blast inched to within two points at the 4: 13 mark when Danny Santoro connected.

The Blast, though, never netted the equalizer against keeper Doug Petras (3-4). Even the presence of Wright as the sixth attacker couldn't pull the Blast even.

Petras, who finished with 20 stops, latched on to Cabral's poke from the middle of the box with eight seconds to go to seal the win.

NOTES: Hileman stopped four of five shootout attempts. Mark Thomas, on the disabled list with a shoulder injury since Nov. 20, missed his third straight game. These teams will meet again Friday at the Baltimore Arena.

Blast 2 0 6 4 -- 12

Harrisburg 8 2 4 0 -- 14

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