Wright leads Sockers past his ex-teammates 2 goals, 1 assist help beat Blast, 7-2

November 11, 1991|By Hill Anderson | Hill Anderson,Special to The Sun

SAN DIEGO -- Paul Wright rubbed it in last night by scoring two goals and an assist to lead the San Diego Sockers to a 7-2 win over the Baltimore Blast.

Wright returned to the Sockers at the start of the season after he was claimed on waivers by Baltimore but refused to report and was traded back to San Diego for a third-round draft choice and cash.

Wright scored eight goals against the Blast last season and leads the Sockers in scoring this season.

He scored a goal and an assist in the first half and added his fourth goal of the season in the second half.

The Blast was outshot by San Diego, 29-17, and fell to 1-4. The Sockers evened their record at 2-2.

The Blast is off until Nov. 16 when they play host to the Sockers.

Mike Stankovic had a goal and an assist for Baltimore. Dominic Mobilio scored a goal and has scored a point in 10 straight games.

After trailing, 3-0, at the half, the Blast dug itself a deeper hole by allowing an easy goal to Paul Dougherty at 4:49 of the third quarter. Dougherty got a toe on Brian Quinn's shot from the red line and redirected the ball past the diving Cris Vaccaro.

The Blast got on the board at 5:20 when Mobilio scored his seventh goal of the season on a rebound of a shot by Stankovic.

Stankovic stole the ball near the Sockers' red line from Tim Wittman, a Baltimore native who spent 10 years with the Blast before joining the Sockers as a free agent in the off-season.

Stankovic ripped a shot at goalie Victor Nogueira. Nogueira blocked the ball, but couldn't hang on and Mobilio was there.

The Sockers refused to give up the momentum of the match and took a 5-1 lead on Wright's second goal of the night on an assist from Brian Quinn at 10:43 of the third period.

Stankovic scored his fifth goal of the season on a restart at 4:12 of the final quarter to make it 5-2. Stankovic took a crossing pass at the red line from Waad Hirmez and whistled his shot between Nogueira and defender Kevin Crow.

The Sockers closed out the scoring in the closing minutes on goals by Ben Collins and John Kerr after Baltimore pulled Vaccaro.

The Sockers struck first and suddenly, taking a 2-0 lead in an 11 second span wrapped around the first intermission. Quinn scored San Diego's first goal with one second left in the first quarter and Jacques Ladouceur scored after 10 seconds had elapsed in the second quarter.

It was an unpleasant wake-up call for the Blast after a slow first period, with each team trading a half-dozen shots on goal and Baltimore easily killing a Sockers power play.

It all ended when Ladouceur launched the ball from his own red line to the Blast corner, where Wes Wade bounced it to Dougherty at the top of the scoring box. Dougherty, who was marked, forced it to the front of the crease, where Quinn was ready and waiting to go solo against Vaccaro.

Ladouceur scored on the first possession of the second quarter when he slipped behind the defense, took a feed off the end zone boards from Wright and beat Vaccaro and three defenders who had been concentrating on Wright.

Wright made it 3-0 at 7:25 of the second quarter on his own, beating Vaccaro and Doug Neely to a ball fed into the Blast zone by Ladouceur and scoring on the open net for his third goal of the season.

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