by Pat Clifton

KANSAS CITY (Dec. 12, 2019) –The Kansas City Comets (1-1) travel to the St. Louis Ambush (0-3) for the second of six matches in the 2019/2020 I-70 Series. The Comets enter the contest on the tail end of a long break, having not taken the field since their 6-4 win over the Ambush on Nov. 30, while the Ambush were back in action Sunday, falling to the Milwaukee Wave, 6-1.

Kansas City’s lineup will look much like it did in the home opener last month, with Steven Hamersky back in the net. Mark Saxby will get his first game action this season in goal for the Wichita Wings in their MASL2 bout with the Austin Power while he finishes out his three-game suspension. 

There will be a new, yet familiar face, added to the Comets roster Sunday, though, as veteran defender Robert Palmer returns to action. He appeared in 22 games for Kansas City last season, scoring five goals, assisting on five more and tallying 41 blocks.

“I’ve been ready. I’ve been practicing and working really hard. I think my experience will add a lot to the team, and I’m really excited. I don’t like to miss games, so I’m really looking forward to this weekend,” Palmer said.

The Comets have played fewer games thus far than any of their Eastern Division rivals. With so many young players on the roster and Leo Gibson in his maiden voyage as head coach, the extra time has been put to good use.

“Coach Leo has his ideas of how he wants us to play, and we’re working hard towards that. He’s working out the details with us, which is a big difference for us. This game is all about the details,” added Palmer.

“The team is getting there. We have all these new players, and for us it’s best for the experienced players to help them and get them going. I think the jelling is going good so far.”

Up next for the Comets after Sunday’s rivalry match is a three-game slate against the Western Division, with a road trip through Texas to face the Dallas Sidekicks and expansion Mesquite Outlaws before a return to the friendly confines of Silverstein Eye Centers Arena Dec. 28 against Danny Waltman and the Tacoma Stars.