WICHITA, Kan. -- Despite scoring six goals in an 8-6 loss to Wichita last night, the Baltimore Blast still is looking for some consistent scoring.
Baltimore took a 4-2 lead midway through the second period, but managed just two more goals. Including a 7-3 loss to Dallas in its opener, the Blast fell to 0-2.
"We're not hitting the target," said coach Kenny Cooper. "You'd think with six goals, you could win. This could easily have been a 10-all game.
"I think the turning point for me was the power play, when we had a chance to build a lead and get some momentum," he said, referring to a power play early in the second half, when the Blast got only two shots off.
"Special teams are critical," Cooper said. "That was a chance to score a goal and we come away empty."
One of the few Blast players not to come away empty was Domenic Mobilio, who scored the hat trick with three goals and added an assist.
"We lost our composure and made a couple of mistakes that killed us," said Mobilio.
He noted the Wings' two free kick goals in the final period that changed a one-goal lead to 8-5. "We're missing clean chances given to us and we gave up goals on two free kicks," he said. "Even if we held on the two free kicks, we need to put it in the net."
Chico Borja led the Wings (1-0) with two goals and two assists. Steve Pittman added two goals and Dale Ervine had a goal and two assists.
Borja downplayed his role, but not the victory.
"I'm lucky that I scored a few goals today," he said. "This is a great win for us."
Wichita scored two goals 24 seconds apart to take a 6-4 lead midway through the third period. Baltimore's Billy Ronson cut the lead to 6-5 with a rebound goal of a blocked shot by Mobilio late in the period.
But just six seconds into the final quarter, Pittman drilled a 50-foot shot -- the eventual game-winner -- on a restart after the ball hit the overhanging scoreboard.
"Pittman blistered that goal," said Cooper, whose team plays host to the Tacoma Stars at 6:05 tomorrow. "It was like a knuckleball."
Borja added another restart goal for an 8-5 lead.
Although with Ronson as a sixth-attacker for the final 5:52, the Blast peppered Wings goalkeeper Kris Peat with several shots, it was to no avail. Peat finished with 20 saves, several spectacular.
Led by Borja, the Wings dominated the last half of the second period. Only twice did Baltimore get the ball into Wichita's end after taking a 4-2 lead with 7:31 to play.
L Mobilio scored his second goal of the game for the 4-2 lead.
The Blast took advantage of a Wings defensive lapse for its 3-2 lead about a minute earlier. Waad Hirmez flubbed a shot from 25 feet -- barely touching the ball -- but stole the ball from Wichita's Jimmy McGeough and passed to Rusty Troy in front of the goal.
The Blast then spent the rest of the half on their heels as Wichita peppered Baltimore's defense with shots.
Baltimore 1 3 1 1 -- 6
Wichita...1 3 2 2 -- 8
First period--1. Baltimore, Domenic Mobilio 2 (Billy Ronson), 1:42; 2. Wichita, Chico Borja 1 (Dale Ervine), 13:56. Penalties--none.
Second period--3. Baltimore, Waad Hirmez 1 (Rusty Troy), 1:46; 4. Wichita, Perry Van Der Beck 1 (Borja), 5:50; 5. Baltimore, Troy 2 (Hirmez), 6:32; 6. Baltimore, Mobilio 3 (unassisted), 7:29; 7. Wichita, Ervine 1 (David Byrne), 9:41; 8. Wichita, Danny Pena 1 (Borja), 12:44. Penalties--none.
Third period--9. Wichita, Steve Pittman 1 (Ervine), 7:14 pp; 10. Wichita, Brad Smith 1 (Van Der Beck), 7:38; 11. Baltimore, Ronson 1 (Mobilio), 13:19. Penalties--Van Der Beck, Wichita (elbowing), 3:00; Doug Miller, Baltimore (tripping), 6:35.
Fourth period--12. Wichita, Pittman 2 (unassisted), 0:06; 13. Wichita, Borja 2 (unassisted), 13:28; 14. Baltimore, Mobilio 4 (Mike Stankovic), 14:54 sa. Penalties--none.
Goalies--Baltimore, Vaccaro (26 shots, 9 saves); Ronson (3 shots, 2 saves). Wichita, Peat (31 shots, 20 saves). Shots on goal--Baltimore 8-7-7-9--31; Wichita 9-8-6-6--29. Fouls--Baltimore 1-5-2-1--9; Wichita 3-3-3-5--14. Power plays--Baltimore 0-1; Wichita 1-1. Officials--Esse Baharmast, Kelly Mock, Bobby Bribiesca. A--7,208.