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Blast wraps regular-season home schedule with busy weekend

Blast wraps regular-season home schedule with busy weekend
From left, Baltimore Blast players William Vanzela, Pat Healey, Mike Deasel and Jonatas Melo celebrate as time expires against the Rochester Lancers during the MASL playoffs Wednesday, March 11, 2015. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Missouri Comets (14-3) vs. Blast (13-2)

When: Friday, 7:35 p.m.

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Harrisburg Heat (0-14) vs. Blast

When: Sunday, 5:05 p.m.

Video: golivesportscast.com

Tickets: 410-73-BLAST, ticketmaster.com or baltimoreblast.com

Outlook: The Blast returns home after going 2-2 on its longest road trip of the season, closing with Monday's 10-5 win against the Chicago Mustangs to clinch the Major Arena Soccer League's Eastern Division title for the second straight season. Expect emotions to run high Friday against Central Division-leading Missouri. It's the first meeting since the Blast ousted the Comets in last year's Eastern Conference finals. The series ended ugly when former Comet Andre Braithwaite headbutted Blast captain Pat Healey during the postgame handshake. Healey needed stitches to close the two-inch gash and Braithwaite was immediately released from the team. The Comets earned a 6-4 home win on Jan. 31 in the teams' first meeting this season. This game could be a preview of another Eastern Conference final matchup with both teams leading their respective divisions and playing at a high level. The Blast's defense is tops in the league behind goalie William Vanzela, whose 2.81 goals-against average is nearly two goals better than the league's next best netminder. The Comets have the league's top one-two scoring punch with Vahid Assadpour (19 goals, 26 assists) and Leo Gibson (18 goals, 19 assists) among the league leaders in points. The Blast closes out its home regular-season slate against Harrisburg on Sunday and is 4-0 against the Heat.

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