The Kansas City Comets cruised to their second win on the season after a convincing 10-4 win at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri over the St. Louis Ambush.
The most notable absence for the Comets was that of Alain Matingou, who missed through an apparent hamstring injury, which he picked up in the later stages of last week’s game loss to the St. Louis Ambush.
Antonio Manfut scored his second goal of the season with 7:54 left in the first quarter to put Ambush up 1-0 after a pretty even start. Clayton Matheus followed it up when he placed the ball between the legs of Brett Petricek with 5:35 left in the opening period to give the Ambush a 2-0 advantage.
With 34.6 seconds left in the first quarter, Comets defender Robert Palmer came bulldozing through the box and scored, assisted by Nacho to make the score 2-1.
With 9:30 left in the second period, Leo Gibson reacted the most accordingly after his initial shot off the restart was saved by Paulo to tie things up at 2. With 8:03 remaining in the second quarter, Anthony Grant scored his fourth of the season after picking up the loose ball, rolling the ball to a shooting position, and firing a low and hard shot past the keeper unassisted. Bryan Perez picked up the loose ball, dished it off to Anthony Grant, who passed it off the wall to find Perez, who made no mistake in giving the Comets a 4-2 lead with 3:18 remaining in the opening half.
The Comets extended their lead to 5-2 after Bryan Perez redirected with Leo Gibson’s aerial pass into the goal with his chest just seconds into the game’s first power play. With 7:27 left in the third period, Lucas Rodriguez knocked in the away side’s sixth goal of the evening and Leo Gibson supplied the assist, making the score 6-2 Comets.
With 7:12 left in the third quarter, JT Thomas notched his fourth goal of the season after a terrific turn and shot, where he fired a clean strike past Petricek, making it 6-3.
Leo Gibson scored his second goal on the night with 3:41 left in the third period after Paulo saved Mirko Sandivari’s shot was saved but put right into Gibson’s head, who wasn’t going to miss from one yard out to make it 7-3 Comets. Off the restart, Justin Stinson fired a shot past the keeper, assisted by Lucas Almeida with 1:08 left in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 7-4.
Leo Gibson completed his hat trick and capitalized on their second power play after John Sosa found Gibson wide open in a dangerous area, Gibson didn’t have any choice but to shoot and score with 9:36. John Sosa scored with 2:59 remaining in the match after a cheeky fake and just passed it into the open side of the goal to make it 9-4. With 21.9 seconds remaining, Leo Gibson notched his third assist to go with his three goals, as Anthony Grant notched his second goal on the night.
The Kansas City Comets improved to 2-4 and now sit fourth in the South Central Division on the season as the Ambush dropped to 3-3.
After going down 2-0 early, the Comets’ response was as good as head coach Kim Rontved could have hoped for. They went on to score 6 unanswered goals. The team was well organized and scored ten goals while giving up a season low of four goals. The Comets ended a three-game losing streak and avoided a third straight loss to the Ambush.
A very professional performance from the entire squad, but Leo Gibson stood out most, tallying up 6 points total after three goals and three assists. Anthony Grant also notched two goals as well as an assist. Overall, the team looked much improved from the previous matches, as they limited the chances for the Ambush.
The Comets return to action next Sunday when they take on fellow South Central Division rival, the Florida Tropics at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena at 4:05 PM CT.