Saturday, December 31, 2011

Comets Fall Behind Earlier, Can't Quite Make Comeback

Two days after the Comets fought back to defeat the Wichita Wings in a close game at the Independence Events Center, the Comets found themselves having to do it again against the Wings, this time in Wichita. Unfortunately the result wasn't the same as the Wings pulled off a 12-10 win over the Comets to get their first win in the series.

The Wings used a strong first quarter to pull away from the Comets, Kevin Ten Eyke was the star, assisting on the first two goals, before scoring the fourth goal himself as the Wings led 8-0 after the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Comets started to wake up, under two minutes into the quarter, the Comets were on the board as John Sosa tapped one home off a pass from Neto. Shortly after that, the Comets got another, as Geison finished an opportunity on a power play to cut the lead to 8-4. The power play goal came after a period of time when the Comets were playing with a 4 on 3 advantage due to a number of penalties being called. The Wings though extended their lead on the power play as Jamar Beasley finished off a chance. But in the span of about 30 seconds late in the quarter, the Comets pulled themselves within a goal as both Leo Gibson and Neto found net to cut the lead to 10-8.

In the second half, the scoring settled down quite a bit, the two teams had chances in the third and fourth quarters, but until late, neither team was able to find the net. Byron Alvarez ended up tying the game up for the Comets with 2:45 left in the game off a pass from Christiano. But in something that's become a bit of the story of the season for the Comets, shortly after the goal, with only 1:36 left in the game, the Wings found one last goal to extend the lead to 12-10. The Comets couldn't find net in the last little bit with the 6th attacker on the field, as the Wings won their first game in the series.

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