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The Missouri Comets ambush St. Louis

With an insurmountable lead early in the fourth quarter, and the loss of Syracuse to Baltimore, the Missouri Comets moved from fourth to third place in the MISL. The fourth meeting of the Missouri Comets and the St. Louis Ambush occurred on Friday night January 24 at the Independence Events Center. The Comets and Ambush have met on three previous occasions this season, with the Comets holding the Ambush winless in the encounters. With the 26-2 win over the Ambush the Comets win the I-70 Series sponsored by Independence Tourism.

Jeff Richey of the Ambush blocks an attempted goal by the Missouri Comets.
Jeff Richey of the Ambush blocks an attempted goal by the Missouri Comets.
Photos by Steve Wilson
The St. Louis Ambush scored first on Friday night.
Photo by Steve Wilson

At 1:20 in the first quarter, Kory Dowell drew first blood with an assist by Odaine Sinclair, scoring two points for the Ambush. At 9:05 in the quarter Brain Harris, with his ninth goal of the season and assisted by Stefan St. Louis tied the game at two each. At 13:51, Stefan St. Louis, assisted by Lucas Rodriguez took a drive from the center scoring a two-pointer that gave the Comets a two-point lead. At the end of the first quarter, the score was Comets four and Ambush two.

Leo Gibson of the Comets scored the first two-pointer of the second quarter at 5:26 with an assist by John Sosa. At 6:57 Harris, while attempting a goal, struck the back of the head of Ambush goalkeeper Jeff Richey. After a short delay, Richey was able to remain in the game. The leading scorer for the Comets Vahid Assadpour increased the teams lead to six with an assist by Gibson at 10:24. The Comets scored six unanswered points to give the Comets an eight to two lead at the half.

Thirteen seconds into the second half Ramone Palmer, for the Comets, took a shot at goal, driving it past Richey for the two-point score. At 5:01 St. Louis player, Chad Vandegriffe received a two-minute penalty for holding, giving the Comets a power play. The Ambush put up an aggressive defense to hold the Comets scoreless during the power play.

Called for holding at 7:27 Chris Mattingly, of the Ambush received a two-minute penalty, giving the Comets another power play. The Comets at 9:01 were able to take advantage of the power play when Assadpour with an assist by Gibson scored a two-pointer, giving the Comets a 10-point lead at 10-2. At 9:58 in the third, Lucas Rodrigues added two more to the Comet lead with an assist by Bryan Perez.

A blue card and two-minute penalty was issued to Alex Megson for pushing at 11:56 of the third, giving the Ambush their first power play of the game. At 12:56, Harris scored against the Ambush on a shorthanded goal, taking the score to 16 to 2. Danny Waltman assisted on Harris’s second goal of the night. Harris scored his third goal of the night, and second of the power play at 13:44 with an assist by Gibson on the second shorthanded goal of the game. The Comets held the Ambush scoreless for the two minutes of the power play. At the end of the third quarter, the Comets led 18-2.

At 4:51 off a rebound from Gibson, Stefan St. Louis scored his second goal of the night giving the Comets a 20-point lead. At 7:50 in the fourth, Megson with the assist by Coady Andrews added two more to the lead of the Comets, 22-2. Stefan St. Louis scored his first goal as a Comet with an assist by Andre Braithwaite at 8:41, to take the score to 24-2. At 10:57, Coady Andrews scored with an assist by Bryan Alvarez, taking the lop-sided score to 26-2. At 12:37 Ambush player Sinclair received a two-minute penalty for pushing, giving the Comets their third power play of the game. The Comets scored 24 unanswered points to crush the St. Louis Ambush and move into third place.