The Washington Stealth dropped their third straight, 11-9 to the Boston Blazers at the TD Banknorth Garden. Two late goals from Dan Dawson proved to be the difference as the Stealth fall to 6-3 on the season while the Blazers move above .500 at 5-4.
The game opened with solid goaltending for both teams. Only three goals were scored in the first quarter as the Blazers held a 2-1 advantage. Boston’s Mike Kirk, who was traded to Boston for Stealth captain Jason Bloom this offseason, opened the scoring. Lewis Ratcliff scored on the power play to even the score before the Blazers netted the go-ahead goal. Stealth netminder Tyler Richards made 27 saves in the first half alone.
The second featured a bit more scoring, mostly from the special teams. Less than a minute into the quarter, Paul Rabil was hit with a major penalty that left the Stealth shorthanded for five minutes. Back-to-back shorthanded goals from Curtis Hodgson and Tom Johnson gave the Stealth their first lead of the game at 3-2. Boston responded with a pair of power play goals within one minute of Johnson’s tally. Johnson scored his second of the night later in the quarter, but the Blazers scored twice to maintain the one-goal advantage at the break.
The difference in the third quarter was two goals from Rhys Duch as the Stealth evened the score at seven. The teams continued to go back-and-forth well into the fourth quarter. Richards made 25 saves in the second half, but a Dan Dawson goal, his second straight, with 1:37 left gave the Blazers an 11-9 lead they would not relinquish. Cosmo finished with 13 fourth quarter saves, 42 in the game.
Johnson, Duch and Ratcliff finished with two goals and one assist, each. Jeff Zywicki was held without a goal for the first time this season, but was credited with three assists. Richards finished with 52 saves.
The Blazers were led by Brendon Thenhaus, who had three goals and four assists, and 2009 MVP Dan Dawson with three and three.
The Stealth return to action in two weeks, when they travel Calgary to take on the defending champion Roughnecks.