ST. CHARLES, Mo. – The Kansas City Comets lost a game – and two key players – Sunday.
Odaine Sinclair and Stefan Stokic went down with injuries as the Comets suffered a 5-4 road loss to the cross-state rival St. Louis Ambush at The Family Arena in St. Charles.
The Comets were already shorthanded Sunday with Robert Kelly lost for the year to a broken fibula and Kevin Ellis unavailable due to a death in the family.
Odaine Sinclair reinjured his ankle and spent several minutes off the turf, and Stefan Stokic suffered a facial injury that drew blood and warranted a trip to the hospital.
Lucas Rodriguez stepped up to the challenge and scored two goals and Nicolau Neto made many acrobatic stops in goal, but it wasn’t enough for the 8-10 Comets to come back to Independence with a victory.
The Comets had three power play opportunities in the game, yet came away with no goals.
Trailing 3-1 entering the fourth quarter, Comets defender Robert Palmer scored an unassisted goal just 1:13 into the fourth to cut the deficit to 3-2.
JT Thomas scored his second goal to give St. Louis a 4-2 lead at the 3:50 mark, but Mirko Sandovari scored off a Leo Gibson assist and Rodriguez scored off an Adam James assist to tie it at the 10:37 mark.
Jonatan Santos, though, answered at 11:56 to put the Ambush ahead for good.
The loss drops the Comets to seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings. It also gives the 9-11 Ambush a 3-2 advantage in the I-70 Series, with the rubber game taking place March 22 at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.