The Kansas City Comets earned a win in the final home game of the regular season that was fiery.
The Ambush were without injury while the Comets held Alain Matingou out for the fifth straight game.
The Ambush opened the scoring through Lucas Almeida, who was later followed by Magui Souza to give St. Louis the 2-0 lead until Mirko Sandivari got one back for the Comets right before the end of the fist period.
Kiel Williams and Kevin Ellis scored for the Comets in the second quarter, but the Ambush found three of their own to give the Ambush a 5-3 lead at halftime.
The second half was dominated by the Comets and started with goals from Anthony Grant, Nacho, and two from Leo Gibson in the third quarter to give the Comets an 8-5 lead going into the final 15 minutes.
The Comets were able to kill off two huge power plays early in the fourth quarter that made the Comets defend three against St. Louis’ five attackers for 1:23. Zach Reget pulled one back for St. Louis, but Ramone Palmer had an answer as he chipped the St. Louis sixth attacker. Lucas Almeida scored his second of the night for the Ambush, but Leo Gibson showed his speed to complete his hat trick and Kevin Ellis finished the Ambush off in the fourth quarter.
Scenes took a sour turn after Kevin Ellis scored the final goal and the benches cleared, eventually causing Ambush head coach, Hewerton Moreira, to take to the field as he looked ready to fight as well as several other players. It appeared that there were no punches thrown, but security was called on as well as police to calm things down. According to the disciplinary stats after the game, KC’s Kevin Ellis was given a red card along with STL’s
and Pepe Jumqueira after there were no cards shown during the altercation. This one might take a little time to review for the MASL Review Committee. The game was poorly controlled by the officiating crew, specifically with several duals throughout the game that the officials seemed to ignore, which caused tempors to spill over a bit too much.
With tonight’s 11-7 win, the Comets improved to 11-10 and can clinch a playoff spot with a win next Friday in Orlando. The Ambush fell to 10-13 with just one game remaining against the Milwaukee Wave, who have already clinched the South Central Division title for a second straight season.
The Comets had another quality performance from Leo Gibson, who’s three goals and one assist took him to 32 goals and 60 points this season.
The Comets will look to clinch a playoff spot next weekend on Friday, March 29, at 6:35 PM CT away to the Orlando SeaWolves. The game can be watched live on 38 the Spot or through live stream at Masl.tv.