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The Missouri Comets lose a tight one to Syracuse

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The Missouri Comets took on the Syracuse Silver Knights on Saturday December 28 at the Independence Events Center in Independence, with first place on the line. The Silver Knights hold first place in the MISL league standing, with the Comets one-half game behind. The Comets are the highest scoring team in the league with 100 points in five games.

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At 3:16 of the first quarter Machel Millwood with an assist by Nelson Santana of the Syracuse Silver Knights scored, giving them the first two-point lead of the game. At 4:47, Santana received a blue card and two minutes for tripping. At 6:42, the Comets took advantage of the power play with a two-point goal by Leo Gibson and an assist by Vahid Assadpour.

At 7:34, Brian Harris of the Comets received a late blue card and two-minutes for tripping. Assadpour received a yellow card for misconduct at 8:57. Syracuse took advantage of the power play with a three-point goal by Kenardo Forbes and an assist by Santana. Ramone Palmer of the Comets received a two-minute penalty for kicking with 1:42 remaining in the quarter. At 14:22, Robert Palmer received a two-minute penalty for tripping.

The resulting penalties left the Comets with four players. Santana received a five-minute penalty for misconduct at 13:56. Syracuse mounted an attack and Neto scored with an assist by Millwood. The Silver Knights led by five at the end of the quarter.

With the penalty on Robert Palmer, the second half opened with a Syracuse power play, but they were unable to capitalize. At 4:07 in the second quarter, Gibson scored for the Comets with an assist by Milan Ivanovic, to cut the Syracuse lead to three.

At 5:00, Assadpour with the assist by Bryan Perez made a three-pointer to tie the score at seven each. Coady Andrews received a misconduct card for delay of game at 8:37. At 9:01, Gibson hit a two-pointer from the side with an assist by Brian Harris, to give the Comets their first lead of the game. At 12:16, Syracuse tied the game when Santana hit a two-pointer with an assist by Forbes. With 21 seconds in the half Assadpour with the assist of Robert Palmer made his second goal of the night to give the comets an 11-9 lead at the half.

At 2:08 of the second half Assadpour scored an unassisted two-point goal to give the Comets a four-point lead. At 7:12 Neto unassisted, took advantage of goalkeeper Danny Waltman who was on the ground scoring from the two-point range. With 40 seconds remaining the Syracuse Silver Knights took the lead for the second time with a goal by Forbes assisted by Millwood. This was Forbes second three-pointer of the game. At the end of a low scoring third quarter, the Silver Knights led by one.

Both teams made several defensive stands to start the fourth quarter and at 4:40, Alvarez scored a two-pointer off a pass by Assadpour, giving the lead back to the Comets by one. At 10:11 into the fourth, John Sosa received a two-minute penalty for holding.

Neto received a shoot-out but was unable to score. Comets goalkeeper Waltman received a penalty for hands outside the box and Syracuse received a second kick. Ramone Palmer served the penalty for Waltman. The subsequent shoot-out resulted in Santana scoring a two-pointer giving the lead back to Syracuse. Other than, the points scored on the shoot-out Syracuse was unable to take advantage of the power play that ensued. At 14:19 in the fourth Syracuse put the cap on the game with an unassisted two-pointer by Forbes.

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