The third place Missouri Comets welcomed the Pennsylvania Roar to the Independence Events Center on Friday February 14. The last place Roar faced three of the league’s top 25 scorers Leo Gibson, Brian Harris, and John Sosa. The Comets have scored 228 goals, nearly three times the number of goals scored by the Pennsylvania expansion team.
At 2:18, the Comets began their dominance of the Roar with a two-point score by Lucas Rodriquez and an assist by Brian Harris. The Roar tied the score at 2:36 with a goal by Max Touloute, with an assistance by Kingsley Onwuka. The second Comets score came at 4:01 with an assist by Ramone Palmer; Leo Gibson drove the ball past the Roar goalkeeper to give the Comets a 4 to 2 lead. At 7:43, Pennsylvania received a two-minute penalty for a dangerous play. At 9:42, the Comets took advantage of the power play and score by Gibson, Rodriquez assisted on the score.
The Comets lead in the first quarter went to 8 to 2 at 11:11, when Alex Megson scored with an assist by Stefan St. Louis. With an assist by John Sosa, Bryan Perez scored his 22nd point of the season at 12:32 giving the Comets an eight-point lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Roar began the second quarter with a strong defensive stand until 6:25 when Gibson scored a two-pointer with the assist of Sosa. The score gave Gibson 55 points on the season, placing him in a tie with Vahid Assadpour, sidelined with an injury, for most points scored in the league. The Roar drought was broken at 8:08 when JerJer Gibson scored on an assist by Christopher Williams cutting the Comets lead to eight.
Leo Gibson made his third goal of the night at 9:50 when his kick ricocheted off Scott Krotee for two unassisted points. At 12:13 St. Louis, assist by Harris, scored his first two-pointer to take the Comet lead to 16 to 4. With 33 seconds, left in the second quarter Harris, assisted by Magson, scored the two-pointer. On a free kick from the top of the arc, Sosa increased the Comet lead to 20 to 4 at the end of the half, Rodriquez assisted on the goal that came at 14:59.
The Roar put up another defensive stand to start the second half but at 10:04, Gibson scored his fourth goal of the night with an assist by Sosa. The goal took Gibson into first place on points scored for the season. The Comets held the Roar scoreless in the third quarter with a 22 to 4 lead.
At 1:12 of the fourth quarter the Comets Andre Braithwaite received a two-minute foul for pushing. The Roar this season has only scored on a power play 21% of the time and the Comets held Pennsylvania scoreless on the power play. After returning to play, Braithwaite, with an assist by Byron Alvarez, scored his first goal of the season at 4:16 to give the Comets a 20-point lead at 24 to 4. The Comets continued their domination on Friday holding the Roar scoreless in the second half.
The Comets secured a play-off berth prior to Friday night’s game, scheduled for March 9 at the Independence Events Center.