St. Charles, MO – The St. Louis Ambush opened their 2022-23 MASL season in dramatic fashion when they pulled off a 5-4 win in sudden-death overtime Friday at The Family Arena.
The first quarter was scoreless. The most notable event of the period was a challenge by the Ambush on a blue card that was reversed by Senior Referee Ryan Cigich after a video review.
The first goal of the contest came in the second minute of the second quarter when Ambush forward Tony Walls took a shot that came off the wall and he followed the rebound and put the ball in the net. The Ambush went on a power play at 12:02 when Comets goalkeeper Neto earned a blue card for tripping. The home team made good on the opportunity when Walls sent a pass to Duduca Carvalho, who pounded it in from the goal mouth to make it 2-0 Ambush. The Ambush got another power play opportunity when Mirko Sandivari was carded for tripping, but this time the Comets got the upper hand when Ignacio Flores scored a short-handed tally for a 2-1 score that held until halftime.
The Ambush went up 3-1 when Will Eskay got open and scored off a pass from Robert Kristo in the second minute of the third frame. The Comets inched closer when Lucas Sousa found the back of the net in the final minute of the period to make it a 3-2 game.
The visitors tied things up in the sixth minute of the fourth quarter when Sousa scored his second of the match. St. Louis regained the lead (4-3) just over a minute later when Ado Jahic scored off a pass from Kristo. Kansas City again posted an equalizer when John Sosa got off a long shot that found its mark with under two minutes left in the game. The clock ran out before either team scored, sending the duel into sudden death over time.
After sitting out last season recovering from an injury and subsequent surgery, Ambush goalkeeper Paulo turned in a highlight-reel performance, posting 19 saves on 23 chances, for an impressive .826 save percentage.
Both teams now journey across the state for a rematch tomorrow night at 6:05 p.m. at the Cable Dahmer Arena in Independence. Following Saturday’s match, the Ambush will be back in action Saturday, December 10 when they visit the Milwaukee Wave. The next Ambush home game is slated for Sunday, December 11, when the Baltimore Blast invade the Family Arena for a 4:05 p.m. CST match. All Ambush games are available for webcast at twitch.com.
Tickets for all Ambush home games are available from the Family Arena box office and ticketmaster.com. For season or group tickets, call the Ambush office at 636-477-6363. Fans can stay current on all Ambush news by visiting the team’s official website, stlambush.com and on social media outlets.