Stars Top Ambush On The Road

by Brett Gleason

Waltman logs 12 saves, surrenders just three goals

 ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- The Tacoma Stars (4-1) collected their second consecutive victory, a 5-3 decision over the St. Louis Ambush (0-2), on Saturday night at The Family Arena.

For the second night in a row, Stars goalkeeper Danny Waltman worked scoreless second and third periods. Over the course of the match, Waltman tallied 12 saves on 15 shots and earned first star.

After nearly 13 minutes of silence to begin the match, midfielder Micheal Ramos broke open the scoring for Tacoma with an unassisted goal, giving the Stars a 1-0 lead. St. Louis quickly found an answer when Cody Costakis sent home an equalizer seven seconds later to tie the match at 1-1.

Six minutes into the second quarter, Megson took a pass from forward Mark Lee and knocked in a goal to pull the Stars out in front, 2-1. An extended power outage struck midway through the second period and neither offense found the back of the net after the lights came back on, sending Tacoma into halftime with a 2-1 advantage.

Forward Joey Gjertsen and midfielder Derek Johnson both connected on goals in the third quarter, separated by five minutes. The pair of goals sent the Stars into the final frame with a 4-1 edge.

Megson’s second goal of the match came five and a half minutes into the fourth quarter, giving the Stars their largest margin of the night at 5-1. St. Louis’ Daniel Berko and Richard Schermund rattled in goals for the Ambush in the final minutes, creating the final score of 5-3.

The Stars now sit in first place in the MASL Pacific Division, a full game ahead of the second place San Diego Sockers.