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Comets unable to overcome slow start in St. Louis

The Comets are just 1-4 against the Ambush this season

Thad Bell

The Kansas City Comets fell to the St. Louis Ambush in another close game by the score of 10-8.

The Comets went down 3-0 after early goals from Zach Reget, Felipe Silva, and Corey Adamson. Leo Gibson was able to fire a goal past the Ambush star keeper, Paulo Nascimento before Bryan Perez poked in the goal just before halftime to make it 3-2 at the intermission.

In the third quarter, the Ambush came out strong and stretched the lead to as much as four with goals from Lucas Almeida, Stefan St. Louis, and Justin Stinson to make the score 6-2 before Comets clawed their way back with Lucas Rodriguez’s 100th goal of his career and other goals from James Togbah and a laser from Robert Palmer to draw within a goal.

The Comets tied it up on a power play goal from Lucas Rodriguez early in the fourth period but three straight goals from Mario Marcos, Justin Stinson, and Magui Souza restored the lead for the Ambush. Leo Gibson was able to pull Kansas City back to within a goal until Justin Stinson completed his hat trick to put the final nail in the coffin with just a couple seconds left to put the final score at 10-8 Ambush.

The Comets still remain in second place in the South Central division but fall to 7-6 on the season. The Ambush remained in third in the South Central division but improved to .500 with an 8-8 record.

In the end, the Comets had several moments of frustration that proved to be the difference. Kim Rontved’s men gave up three power plays, and the Ambush capitalized on all three of the power plays. The goal frame didn’t do the Comets any favors either after finding it a handful of times.

Leo Gibson showed his class again with three goals and three assists tonight while Lucas Rodriguez reached the 100 goal milestone with two goals and an assist.

Justin Stinson was the best from St. Louis with three goals and an assist while Lucas Almeida had three assists and a goal.

The Ambush are now 4-1 against the Comets this season with one game left between the two sides in March. This stat is staggering considering it was very rare that the Comets would lose to the Ambush in previous years.

The Comets look to get back on track with a win next week against a tough Milwaukee Wave team next Saturday, February 16, at 7:05 PM CT at Silverstein Eyes Centers Arena.