The Kansas City Comets pulled off a remarkable comeback from four goals down to defeat the Ontario Fury by a final score of 7-6 on Sunday at Cable Dahmer Arena.
The comeback was illustrated by player-coach Leo Gibson, who had a goal and three assists on the night. Rookie midfielder Lucas Sousa was the top star with an assist and his first career hat trick. The Fury, who opted to rest four-time MVP Franck Tayou, were led by Nestor Hernandez with two goals and Justin Stinson with three assists.
The Comets opened the scoring early in the first quarter as Ramone Palmer scored his fourth goal of the season. Ontario answered with five straight goals, including one from former Comets defender Robert Palmer, sending the Fury into halftime with a 5-1 lead.
The second half was a completely different game as the Comets outscored the Fury 6-1. The comeback began with goals from Ray Lee and Lucas Sousa, but the comeback was halted after Ontario’s Nestor Hernandez scored his second of the contest as the Fury took a three-goal lead into the fourth quarter.
Leo Gibson scored his sixth of the season to bring the Comets within two. Mike Da Silva and Lucas Sousa scored with the sixth attacker to equalize the score at 6-6. Sousa finished his hat trick for the game-winner, assisted by John Sosa off a top of the arc restart with 1:40 remaining.
This win keeps the Comets in third place with a .545 winning percentage and a 6-5 record. Ontario’s loss drops them to second place with a .714 winning percentage and a 5-2 record.
Sunday’s win comes after the Comets comeback attempt against the Tacoma Stars fell just short. On both nights the Comets were ripped apart in the first half, but the Comets showed some character and managed to pull it together in the second half.
The Comets will finish the regular season next Sunday when they host the Dallas Sidekicks.