The Missouri Comets play the first game of the MISL Championship series tonight versus the defending champion Baltimore Blast. It's a rematch from last season when the Blast took both games. Game one against the Blast is at 7:35p.m. at the Independence Events Center. Game Two will be held in Baltimore on Sunday, March 16 at 4:05p.m. with a 15 minute Mini-Game to be played immediately afterwards, if needed to break the tie.
The Blast finished the season with a 17-3 record and has not lost a game since Jan 19th. Baltimore has been the stingiest on defense all year as well, giving up less than half the amount of points of the next closest team while finishing third in scoring.
"One of the toughest things to do in sports is to repeat as champions because you know that you are always going to get everyone's best game when you play during the regular season and I thought we handled it pretty well," Blast coach Danny Kelly explained. "Missouri had a great year, obviously a very talented team. Danny Waltman has been tremendous for them in goal all year long. Their cast of players is second to none in the league. Expecting a very tough championship series, I know it's going to be very exciting with the way both teams like to play."
"I think it's going to be a great series," Blast coach Danny Kelly stated. "I think it's going to be very entertaining, obviously we are known for both defense and offense. For both teams you don't get to the point without being able to score and play defense.
The Comets finished 14-6, leading the league in scoring (third in defense) despite a number of changes and injuries in the lineup.
The matchup between the highest scoring team that is pretty good on defense versus the best defensive team that is pretty good on offense should make for a great series.