The 3-1 Missouri Comets defeated the St. Louis Ambush on Sunday December 22 at the Independence Events Center. The Comets have outscored opponents 55 to 23 in their three game winning streak. The Comets are third in the league standings behind the Syracuse Silver Knights and the Milwaukee Wave, who lost to the Comets 15-6 on December 13.
At 1:23 into the first quarter, Bryan Perez with an assist by John Sosa kicked a two-point passing shot against the Ambush goalkeeper Jeff Richey. At 8:02 into the quarter, Ramone Palmer hit a two-pointer off the pass by Byron Alvarez. With 3:49, remaining in the first Stefan St. Louis added to the four-point lead with a two-point goal, with an assist by Perez. Alvarez added two additional points at 13:35 with an assist by Perez. The goal was set up by a diving play mid-field by Comets defender Brian Harris. At the end of the first quarter, the Comets had scored eight unanswered points.
At 3:03 of the second quarter, Ambush player Michael Mesle with an assist by Patrick McSheehy, made the first three-pointer of the game cutting the Comets lead to five. At 6:40, Odaine Sinclair took advantage of Comets goalkeeper Danny Waltman who had fallen, scoring a two-pointer with an assist by Jeff DiMaria.
The Comets retaliated with a goal by Alvarez, his second of the game, with an assist by Milan Ivanovic. At 9:01, the Comets added two more points with a goal by Perez, with the assist by Leo Gibson. The Comets received an encroachment warning at 10:24 into the second quarter.
After a penalty against the Comets, DiMaria of the Ambush, with an assist by Mike Roach, hit a re-start goal at 10:46 for two points. The goal cut the Comet lead to five at 12-7. Lucas Rodriquez gave the Comets a seven-point advantage with an assist by Sosa. Mesle at 14:52 received a blue card and a two-minute penalty for tripping. The Comets were unable to take advantage of the power play, ending the first half the Comets 14 and the Ambush 7.
The Comets opened the second half with a power play, but were unable to capitalize before the penalty time ran out. At 2:41, Palmer made his second goal of the game, unassisted, stretching the lead of the Comets to nine. St. Louis player Sinclair at 3:55 of the third quarter received a two-minute penalty for pushing. At 4:05 DiMaria scored an unassisted two-pointer to make the score 16-9 Comets leading. The Comets again were unable to take advantage of the power play.
Mesle received a five-minute misconduct penalty at 8:10. Comets player Sosa received a two-minute penalty at 8:53 for tripping. Brian Groark of the Ambush received a blue card and two minutes for tripping at 10:08. The penalty by Groark brought the teams to even strength, with both teams having a player in the box. The third quarter ended with the Comets 16 and the Ambush 9.
At 2:25 in the fourth quarter, Sosa with an assist by Gibson took the Comets to a nine-point advantage at 18-9. At 4:03, Waltman the goalkeeper of the Comets made a diving save, but an unassisted rebound kick by Corey Adamson took the score to 18-11. Vahid Assadpour with an assist by Perez at took the score to 20-11 with a two-point goal from the side. DiMaria, assisted by Roach at 6:56 of the fourth scored his third goal of the night.
At 8:24 on a Comet’s restart Assadpour made his second goal of the night with an assist by Sosa. Five seconds later Gibson received a two-minute penalty for four fouls. The Ambush was unable to score during the ensuing power play. Gibson assisted by Sosa made the score 24-13 with a short two-pointer from the center of the goal. At 13:17, St. Louis Kyle Hopson received a two-minute penalty for holding. The Comets were able to hold onto a 24-13 score to defeat the St. Louis Ambush and go 4-1 for the season.