The Kansas City Comets added another to the win column with a convincing 9-2 win over Danny Waltman and the Tacoma Stars.
The Comets were forced to give goalkeeper Lou Misner his professional debut after Mark Saxby was a late scratch from the starting lineup. John Sosa and Matt Lewis, however, did return after missing time last weekend in Texas.
Tacoma opened the scoring with the only goal in the first quarter after Nick Perera’s long run assisted Eddie Na’s second goal of the season. The Comets really got rolling in the second period, when they scored four unanswered goals from Leo Gibson, Ray Lee, Ray Lee again, and Robert Palmer to give the Comets the 4-1 advantage at halftime.
The scoring returned early in the third quarter as John Sosa’s assist supplied Lucas Rodriguez’s third goal of the season to make it 5-1 Kansas City. Nick Perera added his ninth goal of the season to get the Stars within three in the final minute, but Adam James restored Kansas City’s four goal advantage at the end of the third quarter.
Robert Palmer added a seventh for the Comets showing great great skill for his second goal against his former side. Kiel Williams returned to the scoresheet to make it 8-2 after Lucas Rodriguez dished the assist on the penalty. Ray Lee bagged his hat trick against Tacoma’s sixth attacker with a terrific snipe to make it 9-2.
The Comets improve to 3-3 as the Stars drop to 2-5 on the season as the league’s teams begin to show who the playoff contenders will be.
After a nervy opening quarter, the Comets were in full control to grab their second victory at home of the season. That is now two games at home where they have played their best two games, making Silverstein Eyes Centers Arena a real fortress of the MASL if they can keep the momentum going.
Head coach Leo Gibson on Lou Misner’s performance, “He was wonderful. He came up big. He was hungry to play, he’s been training and was just excited to be out there. It was a good game for us. I’ll have to go back and look at the film, but it looked like we played really well, and I’m happy with the way we were playing.”
Hat trick hero Ray Lee commented, “We wanted to come out and pressure, and that’s what we did. They played the previous night and we wanted to force turnovers, which we did.”
The Comets return to action this Tuesday when they travel to face the St. Louis Ambush on New Years Eve at at 3:05 PM CT. The Comets next home game is next Saturday when they host the 2019 Ron Newman Cup Champions, the Milwaukee Wave.