WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -One game after making his debut with the Blast, Adrian Bumbut became an offensive juggernaut.
On a night when the Blast set a franchise record for points scored in a game in an overwhelming 37-5 victory over the Massachusetts Twisters, the rookie forward set team season highs for goals and points in a game with five and 12, respectively, last night. Bumbut recorded a hat trick during the first two quarters and scored two more goals in the second half in the blowout at the Eastern States Coliseum.
Bumbut helped the Blast eclipse the previous record for points in a game, which came in a 34-15 win over the Kansas City Comets on Feb. 20, 2000.
"We really wanted to get things going early, and it just kept on going from there," said Bumbut, who made his Blast debut Jan. 31 in a 13-6 loss to the Philadelphia KiXX. "We were focused on getting back on track after the loss, and I think we did."
The Blast's top three scoring performances this season have come against the Twisters. The other two wins over Massachusetts came by scores of 27-2 and 26-4.
During the game's first five minutes, Bumbut put the Blast ahead by scoring two early goals. He opened with a three-point score off a rebound with 13:24 remaining the first quarter, and three minutes later he scored off an assist from Carlos Garcia.
"I got into some good situations there, and my teammates put the ball there for me," Bumbut said. "I had it easy. They set me up perfectly."
Before the Twisters (1-11) took their first shot of the game, the Blast (8-2) had a commanding 12-0 lead with the two goals by Bumbut and one each from Jonathan Greenfield, Pat Healey (Towson University) and Denison Cabral.
Massachusetts broke through with back-to-back goals late in the first quarter and early in the second.
That was all the scoring the Twisters managed.