DALLAS -- Relief abounded in the Baltimore Blast dressing room last night.
Domenic Mobilio doesn't have to worry about scoring career goal No. 100 anymore. Goalkeeper Scott Manning can recover from shellshock. The Blast players know they can still win in Reunion Arena.
Mobilio scored his 100th career goal, Billy Ronson added two and Manning made 25 saves, as Baltimore escaped with a 6-5 victory over Dallas before a crowd of 7,579.
The Blast nearly blew a 6-2, second-half lead, but held on to lift its record to 12-11. Dallas, which had 51 shots on goal, fell to 8-14.
Mobilio snapped a kick through the legs of defender Wes McLeod at 1 minute, 34 seconds of the second period, thus becoming the fastest 100-goal-scorer in Baltimore Blast history.
"It's a relief to finally get it over with," Mobilio said. "I put enough pressure on myself, anyway."
Manning was under fire the entire game, making save after save among Dallas' 51 shots on goal. He also had two assists on long lead passes during a crucial second-period stretch. Blast coach Kenny Cooper said Manning's effort proved to be a catalyst.
"We're talking about the best goalkeeper in the league, and not just because he's mine," Cooper said. "When games are on the line, he'll keep you in it. And it's not just defense; he's got an arm on him like a rifle."
The Blast improved its road record to 5-7 and a 16-6 franchise mark at Reunion. Baltimore has beaten Dallas in all three of their meetings this year, but this one wasn't easy. After taking its 6-2 lead the Blast allowed Dallas two easy third-quarter goals. A fourth-quarter goal by Dallas' Tatu at 4:13 made it 6-5, but the Blast held on.
Things did not start so well for Baltimore, either.
Manning had to make three diving saves before the game was more than a minute old. Defender Mark Mettrick blocked two point-blank shots by Dallas' Troy Snyder when Manning committed early and was out of position. Richard Chinapoo saved another potential goal by cutting off Tatu, the MSL's second leading scorer, on a breakaway.
Still, the Blast trailed just 1-0 after Dallas' Doc Lawson went around defender Joe Barger and skipped a shot underneath Manning's arm at 11:06 of the first period.
Baltimore, the league's second-worst penalty-killing team, kept Dallas from scoring when Ronson was sent to the penalty box for tripping. Seconds after he returned to the field, he rebounded a missed shot by Angelo Panzetta and tied the score, 1-1.
Dallas took a 2-1 lead after the first period when Kevin Smith scored on a head pass from Roderick Scott at 12:44. The Sidekicks had 18 shots on goal in the first period, 31 in the first half.
The Blast seemed to have control of the game in the second
period, playing better defense and outscoring Dallas, 4-0.
Mike Stankovic rattled home a shot from the top of the box at 6:34 to give the Blast its first lead, 3-2.
Baltimore then padded its lead to 5-2. After a missed Dallas shot, Manning threw the ball down the field to Dale Mitchell, who got behind defender Mike Uremovich and finessed the ball into the right corner of the goal at 11:33. It was Mitchell's 18th goal of the season.
Rusty Troy added a short-handed goal on a difficult shot at 13:22 of the second period. After taking a long pass from Manning.