by Jeff Husted

The Kansas City Comets travel to the Sunshine State for a pair of division games that are vitally important for the race to the playoffs. The Comets open the weekend against the Orlando SeaWolves on Saturday at 6:05 p.m. CT then head down the road to Lakeland, FL for a 2:05 p.m. match against the Florida Tropics.

At 9-9 on the season, the Comets currently sit in second place in the South Central division and hold onto the final playoff spot. The SeaWolves are 7-9 and a full game behind the Comets in the playoff race.

The teams are 1-1 in the season series. The Comets won the first matchup 9-4 on February 24 and dropped the last outing 6-4 on March 8. Both games were played in the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.

In the last game against Orlando, Mark Saxby turned in one of his best efforts, despite the final result. His .773 save percentage was a career high.

Four different scorers found the back of the net for Kansas City in that game, but the killer element for the SeaWolves was Richard Schmermund. His four-point night (3 goals, 1 assist) was the highest offensive output ever for the St Louis native.

On Sunday, the Comets will look to stay perfect on the season against the Florida Tropics. Last playing each other in Kansas City on February 2, the Comets won that match 5-4. Although the game was tied and seemingly headed to overtime, a late foul on Orlando gave Comets forward Leo Gibson a shootout opportunity and the chance to win the game in the final seconds.

To be successful this weekend, the Comets will have to tighten up their defense against the likes of Gordy Gurson in Orlando and Victor Parreiras in Florida. Both players lead their teams with 39 and 22 points respectively.

Offensively, Kansas City will look to Leo Gibson once again. The Comets superstar is in the top five of several MASL statistical categories including Points (2nd, 50pts), Goals (4th, 26 goals), Assists (2nd, 24 assists) and Points Per game (4th, 2.8 per game).

Newest Comets player Kevin Ellis is on a four-game goal scoring streak and has six goals and an assist in his five games since joining the squad.

The Comets also shine on the Special Teams. Currently they have the league’s best Power Play, scoring 22 goals on 33 opportunities (.667%). James Togbah is tied for the MASL lead in Power Play goals with 6.

Both games this weekend will be streamed live on MASLtv and fans in the Kansas City area can watch live on KMCI-TV, 38 the Spot. Comets Nation will also be hosting a Watch Party for each game at Coach's Bar & Grill, 9089 W 135th Street
Overland Park, KS 66223.

Kick-off for Saturday’s game against the SeaWolves is 6:05 PM CT and Sunday’s game time is set for 2:05 PM CT.