by Jeff Husted

This Saturday, the Kansas City Comets (7-5) will travel to St. Louis for the third time this season in a South Central division match-up.


The Comets come into tonight’s match with a 7-5 record and sit in second place, only three games back of the Milwaukee Wave. The St Louis Ambush are third with a 7-8 record and are a game and a half behind the Comets.

They need to watch the Ambush’s Reget and Justin Stinson. Reget has 15 goals and 4 assists while Stinson recorded 11 goals and 7 assists. Reget has scored six of his 15 goals against the Comets this year, the highest of any current Ambush player.

On the defensive end, Axel Duarte leads the team and league in blocked shots with 24. Keeper Paulo Nascimento, will look to improve on his .665 save percentage.

For the first time since both teams returned to play, the Ambush hold the lead in the season series, 3-1. This will be the fifth matchup between these cross-state rivals.

The Comets hope to reverse the trend with a win inside the Family Arena. To do so, they will rely on several players who are approaching major milestones. With an assist last Saturday, Bryan Perez has reached 250 career points and Lucas Rodriguez is only one goal away from 100 career goals after scoring in the previous game.

John Sosa needs only one point to reach 225 in his career. Leo Gibson continues his point streak, scoring 16 goals and 18 assists in the last 11 games. These four players will be key in the Comets’ offensive efforts. Sosa, Alain Matingou, and Stefan Stokic lead the team in blocks – Sosa and Matingou have 11 and Stokic has 10. This is crucial, as the Ambush have recorded 348 shots on the year.

In terms of special teams, the Comets need to keep scoring power play goals after scoring two last Saturday against the Florida Tropics. In the previous match against the Ambush, Kansas City had three opportunities, but only converted one power play. The team is currently in second place in the league with a .600 power play percent. The Comets can look to exploit St. Louis’ 48% penalty kill.