Wings beat Blast, 7-6, in overtime Gomez scores to give Wichita win

January 12, 1991|By Tracy Elliott | Tracy Elliott,Special to The Sun

WICHITA, Kan. -- Chico Borja, who sat out last weekend's two games for Wichita with a sprained ankle, had a foot in three late goals to help defeat the Baltimore Blast, 7-6 in overtime Friday.

Borja found Omar Gomez racing from the far post to the goalmouth, beating defender Richard Chinapoo 9 minutes, 16 seconds into the extra period. It was the third straight goal the Wings scored on a Borja restart.

It ended a three-game losing streak for Wichita (11-13) and kept the Blast (13-12) from winning its third straight for the first time this season. It was also the 16th win for the Wings in 18 home games against the Blast.

The Blast dominated in overtime, outshooting the Wings, 8-1, before Gomez's goal, but Wings goalkeeper Kris Peat saved five shots, including a hard drive less than two minutes into overtime by Rusty Troy, who fouled Borja in the corner to set up the game-winning restart.

Wichita used a four-goal fourth period, including two sixth-attacker goals, to send the game into overtime. Borja's restart blast from 45 feet split Chinapoo and Tim Wittman with 57 seconds remaining to tie the game, 6-6.

Borja's restart pass to Gomez four minutes earlier cut the Blast's lead to 6-5. The scores followed goals by Wittman and Angelo Panzetta that put Baltimore ahead, 6-4.

Perry Van Der Beck tied the game, 4-4, midway through the period, but he deflected a Baltimore pass to Wittman, who scored 14 seconds later from the middle of the penalty area. Chinapoo fed Panzetta on a three-on-one breakaway for the goal that gave the Blast its 6-4 lead with 5:34 to play and the Wings went to the sixth attacker.

Billy Ronson's back-to-back goals had given the Blast a 3-1 lead with 3:27 to play in the third period. He assisted on the third goal of the period, a power-play score by Domenic Mobilio, which made it 4-2 at the end of the third period.

Baltimore made the Wings pay for their mistakes in the third period by scoring two power-play goals, the first time this season the Blast scored two man-advantage goals.

Dale Ervine recorded his second hat trick of the year the third goal, making it 4-3 less than five minutes into the final peroiod.

Ervine scored his team-leading 31st goal when he put back his own blocked shot. That cut the lead to 3-2 less than a minute after Ronson's second goal.

But the Wings had six field players on the pitch, explaining what appeared to be a dominant counterattack with 1:29 remaining, and were given two minutes. As the Blast did most of the game, Ronson passed off the end boards to Mobilio, who knocked in the rebound from 15 feet.

The two connected for the go-ahead goal midway through the period when Ronson drilled the rebound of a 12-foot Mobilio header that hit the left post. Ronson then tapped into an open net after Dale Mitchell drew out Peat.

Both goalkeepers had a sensational first half. Baltimore's Scott Manning had seven saves and Peat saved eight shots. The Blast used passes off the end boards trying to catch the Wings off guard.

L Ervine scored his 30th goal of the year to tie the game 1-1.

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