After a first quarter dominated by the San Jose Stealth, the Boston Blazers scored five unanswered goals to take a 6-4 lead in the second. They never trailed from that point forward on their way to a 16-10 victory in the TD Banknorth Garden on February 28.
After Boston scored the first goal of the game just three minutes in, the Stealth went on a 4-0 run to take an early lead with three minutes left in the opening frame. The Blazers cut the Stealth advantage to two leading into the second, and then rattled off four more to start the quarter.
Goals from Tom Johnson and Cam Sedgwick tied the score at six with four minutes remaining before halftime. Boston shut down the Stealth run with two more before the break. It was 8-6 as the teams headed into the locker room.
The second half didn’t get any easier for the Stealth, as each San Jose goal was matched by a pair of Blazer goals the rest of the way. Boston was up by five six minutes into the fourth quarter and held the Stealth to just one more goal in the remainder of the game. Two more in the closing minutes gave the Blazers the 16-10 victory.
Colin Doyle led the Stealth offensively with a pair of goals and four assists. Cam Sedgwick added two and three helpers for five points. Rhys Duch tallied a goal and four assists and Jeff Zywicki finished with two goals and two assists. Eric Martin had a team-high nine loose balls.
The Blazers got four goals and five assists from Dan Dawson. They won the loose ball battle by a 79-56 margin. Face-offs played a major role with Boston winning 23 of 31 at the circle.
The Stealth head to New Jersey to take on the New York Titans tomorrow at the Prudential Center.