HARRISBURG, Pa. -- What gave every indication early of being a tough, grind-it-out game turned into an evening of highlight-film material for the Harrisburg Heat as it chewed up the Blast, 19-6, last night.
Tied at 4 after 12 minutes -- Denison Cabral having provided both goals for the Blast -- the visitors hung tough until just before halftime. Which, in hindsight, is probably when they should have headed for the bus and gone home.
The 3-8 Blast's fifth straight road loss was no contest throughout much of the second half, the Heat taking target practice at Blast goalie Brett Phillips.
David Bascome's fourth goal 53 seconds into the third quarter gave Harrisburg a comfortable lead at 10-4. Nine minutes later, Mark Pulisic bounced a three-pointer off Troy Snyder of the Blast and it was time for the home team to fatten up its stats.
"One thing we weren't going to do is sit back and lose respectably," said Blast coach Kevin Healey. "We'll take every chance to win and when a team's good enough to take advantage of our gambles, well, a loss is a loss, but at least you tried."
Once frustration set in on the Blast side, the game resembled a collide-a-thon as the teams combined for 40 fouls, many of them of the hard variety.
Completing the Heat's unanswered 13-point run from late in the first period to the 10-minute mark of the fourth period were two-point goals by Gino DiFlorio (to go with three assists) and Mike Henning, who assisted earlier.
Franklin McIntosh, who scored the Blast's only goal in a 6-2 loss in Florida on Friday night, converted a restart with about five minutes remaining and Jim Hesch closed out the scoring 30 seconds later.
The first half, in which the home team doubled up the visitors 8-4, was strictly the Bascome Show.
The Bermuda native had a hat trick in the first 13: 36 of play and, with just 26 seconds remaining until intermission, put a shot on goal that Mike Henning rebounded past Phillips.
The Blast equaled the Heat over the first 12 minutes, Cabral picking up his 16th and 17th goals on assists by Danny Kelly and McIntosh.
Outshot 10-4 in the first 15 minutes, the Blast applied great pressure during the second period, and was just inches from converting good feeds into the box to cutting teammates.
Kelly powered a shot a foot wide, Doug Petras robbed Cabral on a shot from the side and a shot by McIntosh that would have tied the game at 6 in mid-period drew a hand-ball call.
NOTES: Jim Pollihan, general manager of the Heat, played for the original Blast and was a coach at Loyola before heading up I-83, where he coached until moving into the front office this season. "I love to see Baltimore come in; we always play close games," he said. Before last night, the rivals had split a pair of one-pointers. While the Blast was scoring just two points against Florida Friday, the Heat fell below .500 in Philadelphia as former Heat player Mark Manganello scored eight points for the Kixx in
a 13-10 win.
Blast ....... 4... 0... 0... 2 -- 6
Harrisburg... 6... 2... 5... 6 -- 19
Pub date: 12/13/98