It was a rough season for the Kansas City Comets, that started before the team even stepped on the field as their return to the MASL for the 2017-2018 was in question for a long time because of changes with the ownership of the Comets. The delay in confirming their return caused them to lose a number of players who either went on to join other teams (Ramone Palmer, Robert Palmer, and Alain Matingou joining Tacoma and John Sosa joining San Diego) or leaving the indoor game (Stephen Paterson). Once they got on the field there were veterans from prior years who returned, the likes of Leo Gibson, Bryan Perez, and Lucas Rodriguez helped lead the team. The Comets though struggled, after winning their opener against the St. Louis Ambush, the Comets won just one of their next nine games, defensive and goalkeeping issues hounded the Comets all season as they started four different goalkeepers for at least one game this past season, something the Comets haven’t had to deal with as they’d had a consistent starter for each of the prior seven seasons. A tough Central Division also didn’t help the Comets as they went 3-9 within their division, with all three wins coming against the Ambush and going 0-4 against both the Milwaukee Wave and Cedar Rapids Rampage. There were bright spots for the team, with Kim Roentved seemingly finding some decent talent for the future with the likes of Adam James and James Togbah.
Here are some stats and milestones from the Comets season.
The seven wins by the Comets this season are the fewest by the team since their re-birth in 2010.
The 15 losses in the regular season are more than the Comets had in the prior four seasons combined (14).
Leo Gibson moved ahead of both Vahid Assadpour and Brian Harris and become the Comets all time leader in league appearances, Gibson finished the season with 159 appearances.
Gibson also became the club’s all time leader in appearances in all competitions, moving ahead of Assadpour and Harris on that list, finishing the season with 182 appearances.
Gibson also became the first Comets player to score 200 goals in all competitions for the club.
Lucas Rodriguez moved ahead of Byron Alvarez and into 4th place for points (goals plus assists) in league play, finishing the season with 152 points, he’s the 4th player to hit 150 points for the Comets.
Rodriguez also moved ahead of Alvarez for points in all competitions, finishing the season with 165 points.
Rodriguez moved from 6th place to 2nd for appearances in league play, moving ahead of Stefan Stokic, John Sosa, Harris, and Assadpour, Rodriguez finished the season with 145 games played.
Rodriguez moved from 5th to 3rd on the list of appearances in all competitions, moving ahead of Sosa and Harris, finishing the season with 168 appearances.
Brian Perez moved into 5th place for league goals scored for the Comets, moving ahead of Brian Harris, Perez finished the season with 84 goals.
Perez also passed Harris for 5th place for goals in all competitions, finishing the season with 91 goals.
Pere moved from 6th into 4th place for assists in league play, finishing the season with 64 assists, moving him ahead of Alvarez and Lucas Rodriguez.
Perez moved from 6th to 5th place for assists in all competitions, moving ahead of Alvarez on that list, he finished the season with 70 assists in all competitions.
Perez moved from 7th into 5th for points in league play, moving ahead of Harris and Alvarez, finishing the season with 148 points.
Perez moved from 7th to 6th for points in all competitions, passing Harris and finishing the season with 161 points.
Perez moved ahead of Danny Waltman and into 7th place for appearances in league play, finishing the season with 119 games played.
Perez also moved ahead of Waltman and into 7th place for appearances in all competitions, finishing the season with 138 games played.
Ignacio Flores moved onto the list for assists in league play, finishing the season in 9th place with 25 assists.
Flores moved into the top 10 for assists in all competitions as well, finishing the season tied for 9th place with Robert Palmer with 26 assists.
Anthony Grant scored the 1,200th league goal for the Comets on 1/13/2018 against Harrisburg.
Kiel Williams scored the 1,300th goal in all competitions on 12/30/2017 against Baltimore.
Williams scored the 1,400th goal in all competitions as well, on 3/4/18 against Florida.
Milan Ivanovic moved from 13th to 10th place for league appearances, moving ahead of Alvarez, Coady Andrews, and Robert Palmer, finishing the season with 85 appearances.
The Comets allowed a team record, 188 goals in league play this season. The first time they’ve allowed more than 100 since the 2012-2013 season.
Casey Gasson and Mark Saxby have the highest GAA of any goalkeepers (non-sixth attacker) to play more than 200 minutes in a season. Gasson finished with a GAA of 8.59 in 552 minutes while Saxby finished with a 9.2 in 358 minutes. The only goalkeeper with a higher GAA in a single season was Boris Pardo in 2010-2011, with a GAA of 10, but he only played 120 minutes.