After losing 14-6 to the Baltimore Blast on Friday Jan. 3, the fourth place Missouri Comets hosted the Rochester Lancers on Sunday Jan. 5, at the Independence Events Center. The Comets record dropped to five and three after the loss in Baltimore and they faced the three and seven Lancers. The two teams met on New Year’s Day in Rochester, with the Comets winning 19-17.
Goalkeepers for both teams kept busy in the first quarter, fending off numerous goal attempts. Traditionally when the two teams meet, the result is a high scoring game, not on Sunday the first quarter ended with neither team able to post a score.
The first score of the game came with Rochester Doug Miller and assist by Bato Radoncic scoring a two-pointer from in front of the goal at 7:51 in the second quarter. At 10:59 Comets player, Lucas Rodriguez received a blue card and two-minutes for tripping. The Lancers took advantage of the power play with an unassisted score by Elliot Fauske for three points at 11:52, giving the Lancers a five-point lead.
Rochester received a blue card for too many men on the field at 12:53. The Comets power play resulted in a three-point goal by Vahid Assadpour, with the assist by Rodriquez, cutting the Lancers lead to two. At 14:09, Gary Boughton with an assist by Joseph Tavernese scored a two-pointer, giving Rochester a seven to three lead. At the end of the first half the Lancers held the four-point lead.
At 2:03 in the third quarter, Bryan Perez with an assist by Leo Gibson cut the score to 7-5 with a two-point goal. Less than a minute later Alex Megson scored a two-pointer with an assist by Johns Sosa to tie the game at 7-7.
Officials issued a yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct to the assistant coach of the Comets at 4:21. At 6:56 of the third Stefan Stokic received a blue card for tripping, giving the Lancers a two-minute power play. The Lancers took advantage of the power play at 8:38 with Radoncic, assisted by Jake Schindler, hitting a two-pointer.
At 9:28, Leo Gibson received a two-minute penalty and a red card ejecting him from the game for elbowing and Perez received a yellow card for misconduct. Alvarez served the penalty for Gibson, who is one of the highest scoring players in the league. The Lancers were unable to take advantage of the resulting power play. At 13:15 of the third quarter, Coady Andrews, assisted by Ramone Palmer, hit a goal tying the game at nine.
Both teams played terrific defense to start the fourth quarter. At the first time-out at 9:13, neither team had been able to score. At the end of regulation play and two scoreless quarters, the score remained 9-9 leading to a 15-minute sudden death overtime.
At 43-seconds into overtime, Assadpour with an assist by John Sosa kicked a two-point goal, ending the game at 11-9. Rochester continues to remain winless on the road this season.