The Missouri Comets earned their second victory in St. Charles in seven days. After winning by 21 points last weekend, the team had to work a little harder tonight to walk out with a 12-10 overtime win. Stefan St. Louis scored his first goal of the year in overtime to give the Comets the win.
The St. Louis Ambush were not going to concede the Comets another lopsided victory tonight and set out from the beginning to slow down the Missouri attack. Ambush defenders Chris Mattingly and Corey Adamson repeatedly stepped in front of Comets’ Leo Gibson and Vahid Assadpour as they tried to shoot on net. When the shots were able to get through, goalkeeper Jeff Richey was solid in the Ambush net. For the first time all season, the Comets were shutout in the first quarter against the Ambush.
The second period was a different story. The Comets took advantage of several Ambush mistakes, including a ball-handling mishap for Richey that led directly to a Bryan Perez tap in goal. The Comets capitalized three times in the second quarter and led 6-0 at halftime.
Leo Gibson kept up the attack for the Comets early in the second half, scoring 52 seconds after the kickoff. However, St. Louis came roaring back; scoring four more goals in the third quarter and cutting the Comets lead to 10-8.
Ambush second leading scorer, Daniel Antoniuk, scored the only goal of the fourth quarter with 11 minutes to play. His score tied up the game and sparked an exciting overtime ending, fitting for two rivals. The Comets gave up several chances in the opening couple of minutes of overtime, but team captain Vahid Assadpour calmed down his crew and Missouri was able to sustain an attack for nearly four minutes. The game was ended Stefan St. Louis gained a step on his defender, cutting the ball to the inside and tucking a shot just inside the near post.
The Comets move to 2-1 on the season and will have a bye this weekend. The next match will be at the Independence Events Center on December 13th at 7:35p.m. CT against the Milwaukee Wave. The Comets will be looking to avenge their only loss on the season to the Wave on Opening Night.