Rockers hit a rare high note, roll past Blast for 14-10 upset

Big third quarter helps Detroit build cushion, get third win of the year


January 20, 2001|By Monica Pugno | Monica Pugno,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - The Detroit Rockers stunned the Blast last night at Compuware Sports Arena, winning just their third game of the year, 14-10.

The Rockers (3-16) scored the first two goals of the game and led 13-6 after three quarters, then hung on to beat the Blast (12-6).

Martin Dugas opened the scoring for the Rockers, scoring an unassisted goal at 2:41 of the first quarter. Dugas blasted the ball past Blast goalie Scott Hileman into the left corner of the net. Joel Shanker made it 4-0 on a power-play goal assisted by Paul Dailly at 8:03. Hileman made the save on Dailly's shot from just outside the arc, but Shanker was waiting to the left of Hileman to tip in the rebound. The goal was scored while former Detroit Rocker Lee Tschantret was in the penalty box for kicking.

Tschantret, the Rockers' leading scorer last season with 123 points in 42 games, made up for his mistake by scoring a power-play goal at 10:54. Paul Wright assisted. Tschantret kicked the ball from the left side of Detroit goalie Alan Placek and it bounced off Rocker defender Matt Knowles into the net.

"It's like any other game," Tschantret said of returning to Detroit for the first time since leaving last season to come to Baltimore. "I'm a little disappointed now that we lost. It's partly my fault. We [the Blast forwards] played poorly. We have to learn we can't play poorly on the road against anyone. The burden is on the forwards."

Tarik Walker tied the game at 4 with a power-play goal at 11:23 of the second. Wright banked the ball off the boards and Walker headed it into the net. The score remained tied at halftime.

The Rockers scored three goals in the third, including two three-pointers by Droo Callahan, to take a 13-6 lead.

"We just didn't play well [in the third quarter]," Tschantret said. "We didn't match their intensity. It doesn't matter who you play. If you don't match the other team's intensity you're not going to win. The bottom line is we didn't put the ball in the back of the net."

Danny Santoro scored the Blast's lone goal in the quarter at 7:52, which closed the gap to 10-6. However, Callahan blocked a pass from Hileman while the netminder was out of the net and kicked it into the empty net for his second three-pointer of the night.

Denison Cabral scored two two-point goals in the fourth to pull the Blast to within four points. Cabral scored four minutes into the quarter on afeed from Doug Neely at 3:52.

However, the Rockers came right back, scoring on a shoot-out goal by Dailly to take a 14-8 lead. Cabral made it 14-10 with a two-point goal assisted by Mark Thomas at 8:08.

Wright came on as the sixth attacker with three minutes to play, but Baltimore could not find the back of the net.

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