WICHITA, Kan. – The Missouri Comets are just two home victories away from a perfect season.
Danny Waltman made 16 saves, coach Vlatko Andonovski recorded an assist and MASL scoring leader Leo Gibson added five more points to his league-leading offensive totals as the Missouri Comets pushed their record to 18-0 Sunday with an 11-4 victory over the host Wichita B-52s at Hartman Arena.
Andonovski and former Comets coach and Wichita MISL legend Kim Roentved played in the game to honor Roentved, who recently took over as the Thunder’s new head coach.
Gibson scored a goal and added four assists to reach 73 points on the season. Brian Harris, Bryan Perez and Vahid Assadpour each added a pair of goals, with Perez matching Gibson’s five points with three assists.
The MASL Central Division champions were without Stefan Stokic (abdominal strain) and Milan Ivanovic, who did not dress. Backup goalie Stephen Paterson and Lee’s Summit North graduate Cody Hoffman did not travel.
Led by Andonovski on the field, the Comets held the B-52’s scoreless in the first half and jumped to a 6-0 lead by the intermission.
Missouri built a 5-0 lead after one period on rapid-fire goals. Harris scored on an Assadpour assist just one minute into the quarter. Kiel Williams, Assadpour, Perez and Josh Gardner followed with goals, all just 6:38 into the first. Andonovski assisted on Assadpour’s goal at the 2:15 mark in the first period and Gibson assisted on the other three.
The second quarter was scoreless until Alain Matingou scored with just 19 seconds left on an assist from Perez.
Gibson scored just a minute into the second half on a Perez assist, and Gibson assisted on Assadpour’s goal at 3:42 to extend the Comets’ lead to 8-0. Wichita’s Alex Moseley and Kevin Jackson scored later in the period to offset another goal by Perez, but the Comets carried a 9-2 lead into the final quarter.
Harris and Andre Braithwaite each beat former Comets goalie Boris Pardo in the first 6:51 of the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Wichita’s Matt Clare scored two goals, one on an assist from former Comet Byron Alvarez, to account for the final score.
The Comets return to the Independence Events Center for a 7 p.m. game on Saturday against the Tulsa Revolution. They conclude the regular season on Feb. 22 at home against Tacoma.