by Pete Richmire

INDEPENDENCE, MO- The Central Division Champion Comets (0-0-1) and  St. Louis Ambush (1-0-0) will meet for the second time in two days, this time on the blue turf at Cable Dahmer Arena. The Ambush squeaked out a 5-4 win in overtime last night at The Family Arena to kick off the 2022-23 MASL season. Following last night’s result, the Comets lead the all-time series 19-14, including a 10-5 record at home.

Three Comets come into tonight’s game with a pair of points after one game. Lucas Sousa (2G-0A), John Sosa (1G-1A), and Mike Da-Silva (0G-2A) are tied for the top mark on the squad. In addition to picking up two points, Sosa also passed Gordy Gurson into third place all-time with 150 regular-season games played in the MASL. He sits behind only Franck Tayou and Ian Bennett who have played in 159 contests each.

Special teams were a success for Kansas City last night as they went 1-for-1 on the powerplay, 2-for-3 on the penalty kill, and Nacho Flores scored a short-handed goal.

In goal, Nicolau Neto only faced 15 shots and notched nine saves in the overtime loss. His counterpart, Paulo Nascimento, who missed all of last season with an injury, stopped 19 shots on his way to his first win of the season.

Offensively, like the Comets the Ambush have three players with two points. Ado Jahic (2G-0A), Tony Walls (1G-1A), and Robert Kristo (0G-2A) sit atop the roster in offensive production. Defensively, the Ambush were dominant last night recording 13 blocks to Kansas City’s four. Pepe Junqueira and Sam Guernsey each have three for St. Louis.

After tonight, the Comets will next face the Ambush on Saturday, December 17 here at Cable Dahmer Arena. Kansas City will next be in action on December 10 at Mesquite before returning home to face the Milwaukee Wave the next night, December 11 at 4:05 pm. Tickets for those and all Comets home games are available at www.kccomets.com/tickets.