Kansas City's Chris Damico didn't play badly, but the Comets and their goalkeeper had no chance last night in a game in which the Blast simply overwhelmed the Comets' defense.
David Bascome, who turned 34 on Thursday, led the Blast's attack with three goals and an assist. And Bascome had a lot of help from Denison Cabral (two goals), Giuliano Celenza, Neil Gilbert, Lee Tschantret, P.J. Wakefield (two goals) and Billy Nelson as they combined to beat Kansas City, 11-4. It was an attack that came from all directions and in many forms.
Celenza (one goal, one assist) scored from mid-air. "I didn't know that," he said. "P.J. just played me a great ball. I saw it bouncing and just aimed for the far post."
Gilbert, who scored on a restart, and Wakefield each converted on headers. One of Cabral's goals came on a one-timer as he kicked the ball directly into the net on a restart; the other, a more traditional goal, sent him climbing the glass to involve the season-high crowd of 9,037 at 1st Mariner Arena in celebration. Wakefield scored his second goal on the power play. And Nelson, playing in his 100th career game, scored against Kansas City's sixth attacker.
The victory improves Baltimore's record to 17-6 overall and 11-2 at home. The Blast is the only team in the league with double-digit wins on a home field. Kansas City fell to 8-14.
"They scored two quick goals on restarts that took it out of us," said Kansas City coach Zoran Savic, whose team was led by Matt Tanzini's two goals. "But we were still only down 4-2 until those two goals in the third. They just scored on a lot of opportunities and deserved to win. And their goalkeeper [Scott Hileman] was very hot, too."
Those two goals in the third by Bascome and his goal and assist in the fourth couldn't have been more timely - or more eagerly desired.
"In the first half, I missed opportunities for goals," Bascome said, "and at halftime, Coach [Tim Wittman] got on me to get my job done."
When Kansas City followed his last goal with two of its own, Bascome found Wakefield on the power play to end any Comets hope.
"I usually don't chip too many balls; I'm glad P.J. scored on it," said Bascome, a midfielder, who played in Danny Kelly's spot on the power play because the defender was out with a foot injury.
Kansas City 2 0 0 2 - 4
Blast 2 3 2 4 - 11
First quarter - 1. Blast, Celenza (Wakefield), 5:23; 2. Blast, Cabral (Walker), 7:30; 3. Kansas City, Tanzini (unassisted), 10:29; 4. Kansas City, Delevski (unassisted), 13:33.Penalties - None.[ Second quarter - 5. Blast, Gilbert (Farias), 8:11; 6. Blast, Cabral (unassisted), 9:54; 7. Blast, Tschantret (Celenza), 11:04. Penalties - Kansas City, Davis (holding) 12:46. Third quarter - 8.Blast, Bascome (Handsor), 1:34; 9. Blast, Bascome (Bader), 4:57. Penalties - Blast, Gilbert (tripping), 2:49; Blast, Gilbert (dissent), 12:03; Kansas City, Team (too many men on field), 14:59. Fourth quarter - 10. Blast, Bascome (Farias) power play goal, 0:36; 11. Kansas City, Naumoski (Andonovski), 0:46; 12. Kansas City, Tanzini (Wade), 2:54; 13. Blast, Wakefield (Bascome), power play goal, 6:11; 14. Blast, Nelson (Wakefield), 11:50; 15. Blast, Wakefield (unassisted), 13:02. Penalties - Kansas City, Dancy (holding), 4:24. Shots on goal - Kansas City - 8-2-1-5-16; Blast - 7-8-9-9-33. Power-play opportunities - Kansas City - 0-for-1; Blast 1-for-2. Shootout opportunities: Kansas City - 0-for-0; Blast 0-for-0. Goalkeepers - Kansas City, Damico, 11 saves, Wade, 1 save; Blast, Hileman, 8 saves. A - 9,037.