by Pete Richmire

The Kansas City Comets (5-0) travel to the Lone Star State for a tangle with the Dallas Sidekicks (3-3) on Saturday, January 8. The Sidekicks are a tale of two teams so far this season. When the Comets met them the first time in Allen, TX, Kansas City cruised to a 6-4 win. Dallas lost their next game in Tacoma to start the season 0-3. That was the first Sidekicks team.

A coaching change, some roster moves, and enter Sidekicks team two. The newly energized Dallas squad ran off three consecutive wins, including two on the road, to reach their current 3-3 record. It is very accurate to say that the team the Comets will play Saturday, is not the same team they played in December.

Dallas is led offensively by Luiz Morales and his 11 points (8G-3). His point total is more than the next two players combined in David Ortiz (2G-3A) and Cameron Brown (0-5). Brown was one of a few key signings for Dallas.

The key to the Sidekicks’ recent success has been the play of Juan Gamboa in goal. He brings a 3-2 record, including the three straight wins, along with a 5.02 GAA and .727 SV%. On Kansas City’s side, Nicolau Neto has been stellar in goal and boasts a 5-0 record with a 4.60 GAA and .761 SV%.

On the offensive side, Leo Gibson sets the pace with 14 points (8G-6A), which also has him tied for the MASL lead in scoring. John Sosa (5G-3A) and Kevin Ellis (6G-1A) round out KC’s top three in scoring.

Defense has been another bright spot for the Comets in the early going of the season with three players (Gibson, Sosa, and Kyle McLagan) with six or more blocks.

Fans not making the trip to tonight's game can watch on MASLtv here - MASLtv. Dallas will make their first trip to Cable Dahmer Arena on Saturday, January 29. That will be one of three meetings with the Sidekicks in front of the Comets supporters.