by Pat Clifton

KANSAS CITY (Dec. 30, 2019) – The Kansas City Comets (3-3) are back on the road Tuesday, squaring off against the rival St. Louis Ambush (2-3) at 3:05 p.m. at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo. The New Year’s Eve clash will be the rubber match to decide the front half of the 2019/2020 I-70 series.

The Comets won the first meeting this season, the Nov. 30 home opener, 6-4. The Ambush also held serve at home, beating Kansas City 8-7 in overtime. That win snapped St. Louis’ three-game losing streak to open the year. The Ambush haven’t lost since, beating the Tacoma Stars, 7-6, Saturday. The Comets are also fresh off a win over Tacoma, 9-2, Sunday.

Whoever loses Tuesday will start 2020 with a losing record. Kansas City and St. Louis will square off three more times in the new year.

The Comets come into the game limping, with five players listed on Monday’s injury report. No matter who starts in the net Tuesday, the Ambush will be facing a new KC goalkeeper. Mark Saxby started the season on a three-game suspension, making the way for Steven Hamersky to start. Saxby returned for the road trip through Texas, but suffered a foot contusion against the Dallas Sidekicks, which kept him out against Tacoma. 

28-year-old rookie Lou Misner started in Saxby’s place Saturday as the only keeper on the roster. Saxby is making the trip to St. Louis but is listed as doubtful. The rest of the injured Comets, which include leading goal and point scorer Leo Gibson, midfielders Kiel Williams and Lucas Rodriguez and defender John Sosa.

Tuesday’s cross-state trip ends a grueling start to the season, which saw the Comets play four of their first six games on the road. A much deserved three-game home stand begins Saturday, when the Milwaukee Wave visit the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. All games are streamed for free on

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