ST. CHARLES – The Kansas City Comets had lost a pair of 6-5 heartbreakers to cross-state rival St. Louis this season.
On Saturday, the Comets finally got their revenge. Led by assistant coach and veteran forward Leo Gibson’s three goals and three assists, Kansas City snapped a three-game losing streak with a 10-4 win at The Family Arena.
The Comets (2-4) had to overcome an early deficit for the win as St. Louis’ Claytoon Matheus and Jose Manfut tallied goals in the first period to give the Ambush a 2-0 lead.
Comets defender Ignacio Flores helped his team cut the lead to 2-1 when he pushed a ball off the wall between two St. Louis players and forward Robert Palmer put in the rebound. That was the first of five consecutive goals for Kansas City.
In the second period, Gibson, forward Anthony Grant and midfielder Bryan Perez all scored goals to help the Comets take a 4-2 halftime lead. Kansas City pushed the lead to 7-4 at the end of the third period thanks to goals from Gibson, Perez and midfielder Lucas Rodriguez. The Ambush tallied their last two goals in the third and wouldn’t score again.
Gibson capped off his hat trick on a power play five minutes into the fourth. Six minutes later, John Sosa scored on a restart and Grant scored late in the period to cap the scoring.
The Comets will host the Florida Tropics at 4:05 p.m. Sunday.