COMETS TAKE COYOTES TO OVERTIME BUT UNABLE TO GET WIN
Bryan Perez scores four goals in comeback effort
EL PASO, TX (February 25, 2018) – The Kansas City Comets lost 14-13 in overtime tonight after nearly completing a comeback from a 9-2 deficit at halftime. Bryan Perez led all scorers in the match with four goals and an assist. Leo Gibson contributed three more goals and two assists, but they were not enough as the El Paso Coyotes scored two and a half minutes into overtime to snatch the win away from the Comets.
Tonight’s match was delayed over an hour after the arena experienced delays in preparing the field. After the game did begin both teams seemed cautious in their approach. El Paso took a 1-0 lead four minutes in, but the Comets answered right back with goals from Nacho Flores and Gibson. The game was tied 2-2 at the first break after Diego Salas scored for El Paso.
The second quarter was not one for the history books. The Comets were shut out in the period but allowed seven straight Coyotes goals and fell behind 9-2 at halftime.
Whatever speech head coach Kim Roentved gave at halftime seemed to energize his team. The Comets came out from halftime with five straight goals from Anthony Grant, Perez, Gibson, Carlos Trombini and Lucas Rodriguez. El Paso scratched one back, but Perez added his second of the quarter just before the period ended to bring the Comets to within 10-8 heading into the final stanza.
The fourth quarter opened with the two teams trading goals as Rodriguez and Gibson got the team to within 12-10 midway through. Perez scored two goals within a minute of each other to tie the game at 12 with a little over five minutes to play.
El Paso briefly retook the lead, but with one minute remaining Gibson found Guerrero Pino sitting alone at the back post and Pino took the pass and tapped it in to tie the game.
Roentved saw an opportunity to push the attack on El Paso and inserted the sixth attacker shortly after overtime began. Controversy ensued as a foul was called two minutes into the extra period. Rather than place the ball at the spot of the foul, El Paso opted for a quick restart near the middle of the field, away from any Comets presence. The restart found an open forward who was able to end the game by tucking a shot into the near post.
The Comets will continue their road trip, traveling to play the Tacoma Stars on Friday, March 2 at 9:35 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast live on MASLtv.
The Comets return home to finish their season against the Florida Tropics at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena on March 4 at 5:05 p.m. CT with the Annual Mascot Game will be played at halftime. Tickets for this annual fan-favorite are available here.