It was almost as if Billy Ronson refused to let the Baltimore Blast lose last night.
After leading the cheers as the team's sixth attacker during a four-goal explosion in the fourth quarter that helped send the game into overtime, Ronson sent a blistering shot into the net from 35 feet out on the left side to give the Blast a 7-6, sudden-death victory over the St. Louis Storm before 8,218 at the Baltimore Arena.
The game-winner came 1 minute, 8 seconds into overtime and gave Baltimore (13-11) its 10th straight victory over St. Louis since the Storm entered the Major Soccer League as an expansion franchise last season.
Ronson, who finished with one goal and one assist, also established a Baltimore single-season record for the most game-winning goals in overtime. He has three with the season not half over.
Dale Mitchell and Mike Stankovic each scored two goals for the )) Blast and Tim Wittman had three assists in his first action since being out for six games.
St. Louis forced the overtime with just one second remaining in regulation when Thompson Usiyan scored on a head shot after a flurry of Storm shots as time was running out.
The header completed a hat trick for the Storm's high-scoring midfielder and tied the score at 6.
Stankovic had completed the frantic, four-goal, fourth-quarter rally by scoring two goals in a little more than one minute to send Baltimore ahead, 6-5, with 2:27 remaining in regulation.
He scored from the right side on a bullet-like shot to tie the score at 5, then connected from the left side to give his team the lead.
A short-handed goal by Mike Reynolds and Mitchell's second goal of the game began the rally.
St. Louis used a power-play goal by Usiyan and another goal by Brian Schmetzer in the third quarter to surge ahead, 4-2, at the end of the quarter.
The Storm ran its lead to 5-2 at 1:55 of the fourth quarter on Usiyan's second goal of the game at the end of a two-on-one break.
St. Louis gained a tie at 2 at halftime on a shootout goal by Marcio Leite late in the second quarter.
Leite faked Blast goalie Scott Manning off his feet and scored on the shootout that occurred after Baltimore's Mark Mettrick was called for an intentional handball in the penalty box.
The Blast had taken a 2-1 advantage at 7:01 of the second quarter on Mitchell's goal off an assist by Wittman.
Baltimore grabbed a 1-0 lead at 2:49 of the first quarter when Rusty Troy sent a shot into the upper left corner of the net from a difficult angle on the left side.
Wittman, who had been idled by a right hip pointer, got the ball to Troy for that goal.
Manning made three outstanding saves in the first quarter as the Blast held its 1-0 lead.
Manning finished with six saves in the first quarter in which St. Louis had an 11-5 shot advantage.
NOTES: The Storm didn't arrive at the Baltimore Arena until 6:20 (1:15 before the game) last night due to an ice storm that hit St. Louis yesterday. The storm delayed the flight four hours, and the team didn't land at Baltimore-Washington International Airport until 5:45. . . . Domenic Mobilio was honored before the game for scoring 100 goals more quickly than any player in the history of the Blast franchise. Mobilio, in his third year with Baltimore, scored the goal Friday night against the Dallas Sidekicks in Dallas. It was the 114th game for Mobilio, breaking Stan "The Magician" Stamenkovic's mark of 100 goals in his first 119 games with Baltimore. . . . MSL commissioner Earl Foreman attended last night's game and inspected the Baltimore Arena carpet. Foreman said, "There are some areas I'm concerned about but I'll wait and see what happens at this week's meeting between the Blast and Centre management."