Paul Dougherty continued to haunt the Baltimore Blast last night, scoring two goals to lead the San Diego Sockers to a 5-4 victory before 8,184 at the Baltimore Arena.
Dougherty, who wasn't re-signed by the Blast last summer, scored two goals to give the Sockers a 4-0 lead early in the third quarter, and the visitors held off a Baltimore rally in the fourth quarter.
Daugherty got a lot of help from Sockers goalkeeper Victor Nogueira, who made 20 saves last night.
Wes Wade, Branko Segota and Paul Wright also scored for San Diego (10-10) in the win.
It was the third time this season that Baltimore (10-9) failed to climb three games over .500.
The Blast got single goals from David Vaudreuil, Domenic Mobilio, Richard Chinapoo and Mark Mettrick, and goalkeeper Scott Manning had 20 saves.
With two minutes, 17 seconds left in the game and Baltimore trailing, 5-4, Billy Ronson came on as the sixth attacker for the home team.
But the Blast couldn't get the tying goal in the net, as Dale Mitchell and Rusty Troy missed shots in the final 15 seconds.
Chinapoo scored at 2:31 of the fourth quarter when he caught Nogueira out of the net after a Rusty Troy shot had been blocked.
Chinapoo carefully knocked in the rebound to slice the San Diego lead to 5-3.
Baltimore drew to 5-4 at 8:41 of the final quarter when Mettrick used his chest to score off a pass from Mike Reynolds in the right corner.
Rookie Chris Simon then had a chance to tie the game for the Blast at 12:20, but he couldn't beat defender Ben Collins near the top of the penalty box.
Dougherty struck at 3:04 of the third quarter to run San Diego's lead to 4-0.
Dougherty was in the right place at the right time when a Segota shot bounced off Angelo Panzetta near the top of the penalty box and rolled toward the goal.
Dougherty came knifing across the box and planted a shot past Manning for his second goal of the night.
However, Mobilio led the Blast back over the next five minutes with an assist on a Vaudreuil goal and his own goal at 7:54 to reduce the lead to 4-2.
Mobilio took three straight shots, the first two rejected by Nogueira, to score the Blast's second goal of the night.
But the Blast couldn't sustain the comeback, and San Diego took a 5-2 lead at the end of the third quarter on Wright's low, soaring shot from the right side.
San Diego built a 3-0 lead when Wade and Jacques Ladouceur teamed up for a pretty goal at 12:02 of the second quarter.
Ladouceur sent a perfect pass from the left corner to a wide-open Wade in front of the goal, and Wade sent the ball into the net from 25 feet.
The lead held up at halftime as the Blast continued to be frustrated on high-percentage scoring opportunities.
The Sockers, coming off an 11-6 loss to the Cleveland Crunch Friday night, extended their lead to 2-0 at 2:24 of the second quarter when Segota hit a low liner into the right corner of the net from 30 feet on the left side.
It was the fourth goal in four games for Segota, who missed the first 13 games of the season with a cracked fibula.
San Diego came out of an exciting first quarter with a 1-0 lead on a Dougherty power play goal that bounced off the crossbar and trickled in at 4:59.
The Sockers' power play came after a two-minute penalty against Mike Stankovic for holding
San Diego 1 2 2 0 -- 5
Baltimore 0 0 2 2 -- 4
First quarter--1. S.D., Dougherty 19 (Wright), pp, 4:59. Penalties--Stankovic, Balt. (holding), 3:36; Stankovic, Balt. (misconduct), 9:56; Wright, S.D. ( tripping), 14:49.
Second quarter--2. S.D., Segota 4 (Golovnia), 2:24; 3. S.D., Wade 12 (Ladouceur) , 12:02. Penalties--none.
Third quarter--4. S.D., Dougherty 20 (Segota), 3:04; 5. Balt., Vaudreuil 3 ( Mobilio), 4:29; 6. Balt., Mobilio 18 un., 7:54; 7. S.D., Wright 15 (Nogueira) , 14:10. Penalties--none.
Fourth quarter--8. Balt., Chinapoo 9 (Troy), 2:31; 9. Balt., Mettrick 9 ( Reynolds), 8:41. Penalties--none.
Shots on goal--S.D.--11-8-10-7--36; Balt.--7-5-14-8--34; Saves--S.D.--Nogueira 20; Balt.--Manning 20, Ronson 2; Referees--Toros Kibritjian, Julio Salas, Paul Tamburino; A--8,184.