The Missouri Comets remained one of only two undefeated team in MASL and moved to 5-0 Sunday night when they defeated the Chicago Mustangs 9-5. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday but the Comets were unable to get to Chicago because of the weather.
Once the game was played, both teams played tight defense and there was no score until midway in the first quarter when Chicago got on the board. That was the only goal of the first but the Comets took charge in the second quarter with goals by Vahid Assadpour, John Sosa, Ramone Palmer, Lucas Rodriguez and Max Touloute to take a 5-1 lead into halftime.
Chicago did not give up though, the Mustangs traded goals with the visitors in the third and scored a pair in the 4th to close the gap to just one goal. A power play goal from Rodriguez and another by Palmer put the Comets solidly back in front and Stefan Stokic added the empty net goal as Chicago pushed to catch up.
"It was a great game, a great game to watch. Both teams did well, it was a great showcase for the fans," Comets head coach Vlatko Andonovski observed. "We just managed to play disciplined and with the intensity and urgency, I don't know where the players found it with what they went through the last three days but the players did it and came out with a big win."
A little travel adversity
Coach Andonovski was referring to the travel issues that eventually led to the game being delayed when the Comets were unable to get to Chicago on Saturday. After a dominate win over St. Louis on Friday night, the Comets were at the airport around 5:30 Saturday morning where they found out their flight was delayed and then canceled. After returning to the airport again Saturday afternoon they were finally told all flights canceled.
Chicago and the league then had to quickly reschedule the game for the next day.
The team showed up back at the airport Sunday around 5:00 again to finally catch a flight to Chicago. Once they arrived it took over an hour just to get to their hotel.
In the fourth quarter Touloute made a move past a defender but collapsed to the carpet in pain wit ha groin injury. "You never know if the trip had anything to do with that," Andonovski noted.
Touloute was still being evaluated so it is unknown how long he will be out.
The Comets have two more road games after Thanksgiving visiting St. Louis on Friday and then Cedar Rapids on Saturday.