At the Family Arena, the Comets and Ambush squared off in the second game of their playoff series. For the Comets, it was win and move on. For the Ambush, it was win or go home, as the Comets defeated the Ambush 7-4 in Game One on Friday night in Kansas City.
The battle for I-70 supremacy had all the makings on paper as an intense one.
And it sure lived up to the hype.
For the first 10 minutes of the game, it was all defense until the 5:32 mark when Lucas Sosa put the Comets up 1-0. With less than two minutes to go in the first quarter, Leo Gibson scored for the Comets of an assist from Kevin Ellis to make it 2-0 Comets.
Off the field, fans travelled across the state for this matchup, and the “let’s go Comets” chants were as raucous as the “let’s go Ambush” chants. Everyone was well invested into the game, and rightfully so. It’s hard not to when it’s a battle between St. Louis and Kansas City.
At the 13:19 mark in the second quarter, the Ambush cut their deficit down to just one when Stefan Mijatovic launched a shot right past Comets goaltender Nicolau Neto. However, that deficit would return to a two-goal one as at the 6:18 mark, Gibson scored his second goal of the afternoon to make it 3-1, a score they would take into halftime.
Things really began to heat up in the second half, as at the 13:12 mark in the third quarter, Max Ferdinand made it a 3-2 game, but less than 30 seconds later, Kansas City yet again maintained their two-goal lead to make it 4-2. Meanwhile, penalties and power plays were the theme of the third quarter, as the physicality picked up a notch.
Heading into the final quarter, it still remained a 4-2 lead for the Comets… until Ray Lee decided to change that, firing an unassisted goal after a controversial power play for Kansas City to make it 5-2 Comets. The final nail in the coffin came at the 4:22 mark as Kansas City made it a 6-2 game. The bench cleared to celebrate, as the Comets knew they had just ended the Ambush’s season.
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(Photo Credit: Lemon Sunshine Photography)