The Kansas City Comets’ were handed their fourth loss in the last five trips to St. Louis after another devastating single goal defeat.
Although Mark Saxby made the trip, Lou Misner got his second career start and first start away from home.
Saari and Gibson both grabbed early goals for the Comets before Tony Walls pulled one back for the Ambush t put the score at 2-1 in the first five minutes of the game. Tony Walls got another with an easy tap-in following a shot from Pablo Da Silva. Robert Palmer got his third goal in two games with a great give-and-go with Ray Saari to give Kansas City the 3-2 advantage after the opening quarter.
Pablo Da Silva and Douglas Dos Santos scored for the Ambush in the second period as the halftime score favored St. Louis 4-3. Some bad injury news for the Comets as John Sosa dressed in street clothes after he took a rough challenge in the first quarter.
Tony Walls had another tap-in after Stefan St. Louis dished the assist after beating Ray Lee in the third quarter. The Comets were able to keep it just a two goal deficit with a clearance off the line.
Look out we’re coming for more! pic.twitter.com/dKZWCMaoSc— St. Louis Ambush (@stlouisambush) December 31, 2019
Gibson scored for the Comets to bring the Comets within a goal, simply rolling into the corner from the restart at the top of the ark. Andre Braithwaite smashed one home against his former team to restore St. Louis with a two goal lead. Douglas Dos Santos made it 7-4 with a nice finish into an empty net sixth attacker. Gibson completed his hat trick late in the fourth to get the Comets within two. Nacho scored his first of the season to make it 7-6 after Ray Saari smashed a ball across the face of goal. The Ambush were able to fight off the Comets attack for the last two minutes to secure St. Louis’ third consecutive victory by the final store of 7-6.
The Comets drop to 3-4 while the Ambush head into 2020 with a 3-3 record.
After a hot start, the Comets offense went ice cold in the middle quarters before falling short in a late comeback. The middle two quarters really killed the team’s momentum, as they were outscored 0-3 and didn’t create many clear opportunities. Things must change quickly if they plan on making a run for the postseason, as the team needs to bring the same amount of intensity and confidence to away games as they do to home games.
The Comets enter the new year with a big home game ahead on Saturday against Ian Bennett and the 2019 Ron Newman Cup champions, the Milwaukee Wave. The Comets must bounce back quickly against a tough opponent on Saturday at 6:05 PM CT.