Saturday, November 19, 2016

Comets Comeback Falls Short

A late comeback by the Kansas City Comets was not enough as they fell in their first road test of the season, 6-5 to the Milwaukee Wave. The hosts got a hattrick by Ian Bennett to push them to a victory while the Comets came from two goals down in the fourth quarter to make it a one goal game but couldn't find an equalizer.

The first two quarters saw the Comets and Wave trade goals as Bennett scored his first goal of the game very early to put the Wave on top. The Comets equalized shortly after though as John Sosa found the back of the net off an assist by Leo Gibson to make it 1-1. The pair of early goals was all there was in the first quarter, but early in the second the Comets took their only lead of the game as Bryan Perez scored on the power play to put the Comets up 2-1 early. The Wave responded quickly after with Daniel Mattos scored to level the game at 2-2 with less than three minutes played in the second. The Comets and Wave traded goals late in the second period as well with Bennett scoring his second of the game before Stefan Stokic scored with a minute and a half left to send the teams into the half time break tied at 3-3.

The third quarter saw Bennett complete his hattrick on the power play after a blue card on Stephen Paterson gave the Wave the power play. The goal was the only one in a tight third period that also saw Gibson miss a shootout attempt for the Comets on a power play chance of their own.

The fourth quarter saw the Wave look to pull away as they scored off an own goal credited to Robert Renaud before Mattos scored his second goal of the game to make it 6-3 to the Wave. In the final five minutes though the Comets put of a tremendous fight trying to get their way back into the game. With just over three minutes left, Ramone Palmer cut the lead to two goals with an assist to Sosa. The Comets went to the sixth attacker late on trying to find another two goals and got one more back with a long range shot by Lucas Rodriguez to make it 6-5. Unfortunately that was as close as the Comets would get as they fall to 2-2 on the season. The Comets are now off until December 3rd when they'll host the Chicago Mustangs at the SEC Arena.

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