The Missouri Comets are set for a pair of games against the Wichita Wings this week. The Comets host the Wings at 7:35 p.m. tonight and then travel to Wichita for a rematch on Friday.

“December has been a strange month, with just two home games,” Comets goalkeeper Danny Waltman said. “We’re looking forward to getting back to the (Independence) Events Center so we can play in front of the best fans in the league.”

The 7-4 Comets downed the Wings 16-14 in overtime in the first matchup between the two rivals at Wichita earlier this season and followed up that thriller with a 14-4 victory at the Events Center.

The high-scoring Comets are averaging 14 points per game with Geison, Byron Alvarez and Vahid Assadpour among the league’s top-10 scoring leaders.

The Wings have some offensive firepower of their own, led by former Comets Jamar Beasley and Bryan Perez. They have won three of their past five games, with two losses coming against perennial power Milwaukee.

Tonight is also the first “Media Game,” where fans can see their favorite media personalities like NBC Action News’ Brett Anthony, Fox 4’s Nick Vasos and 105.1 JACK FM’s Bryan Truta participate in an exhibition game at halftime.

TRAVELING TROPHY: The next step in the rivalry between the Comets and Wings I-35 rivalry is the Turnpike Trophy, sponsored by Independence Tourism and Park City. The trophy will have the winning team’s name placed on the trophy each year and will reside with the winning team all season.  

“Having the Wings back in the league has been one of the best parts of the season so far,” Comets president Brian Budzinski said. “One of the things that made the original MISL great was the rivalry between our two teams. This trophy gives our fans even more reason to follow the rivalry all season long.”

Wichita Wings general manager John Blazek added, “The Wings and Comets are one of the most storied rivalries in Indoor Soccer history. Our teams look to commemorate that rivalry in the I-35 series this season, and for many seasons to come.”