AMBUSH BEAT CROSS STATE RIVAL COMETS 6-5
December 30, 2015
After going 0-11 against the Kansas City Comets (9-2) since the St. Louis Ambush was re-established prior to the 2013-14 season, and after starting this season 0-8, the Ambush turned in a heroic effort last night at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, MO and defeated the first place Comets 6-5 in a thriller.
Not only was it the first win of the season for the Ambush, it was also the first win under new Head Coach Tony Glavin, who is now 1-2 with the team.
Things started off great for the Ambush as they took a 1-0 lead 5:01 into the 1st Quarter on a goal by rookie forward Andre Hayne (Lindenwood University). The assist went to another rookie, Daniel Berko.
The Ambush made it 2-0 just 43 seconds into the 2nd Quarter on Hayne’s second goal of the night. Jeff DiMaria added the assist.
After Leo Gibson put the Comets on the board at the 4:55 mark, Gordy Gurson scored his 15th goal of the season at 10:02 to give the Ambush a 3-1 advantage at halftime.
The Comets then scored the first two goals of the 3rd Quarter from Bryan Perez and John Sosa, equalizing the game at the 9:57 mark.
The Ambush then used a 3-goal flurry in the closing minutes of the 3rd Quarter to take a commanding 6-3 leads. Hayne scored his third goal of the game at 12:48 to complete the Hat Trick, Gurson scored his second of the game at 13:50, and Elvir “Fufi” Kafedzic scored at 14:23. Hayne has now scored five goals in his first two games of his young professional career and Gurson now has 16 goals on the season, which is tied for second in the league in goals.
The Comets narrowed the gap to 6-5 in the 4th Quarter with goals from Lucas Rodriguez at 6:28 and Kevin Ten Eyck at 12:57.
From there, the Ambush defense and Goalkeeper Piotr Sliwa slammed the door shut on Kansas City in the final two minutes of the game, including blocking a dangerous restart from close in with five seconds remaining in the game.
Sliwa was amazing in goal all night, making 20 saves, and the defense dazzled, blocking shot after shot.
With the win, the Ambush improve to 1-8 and have some momentum heading into their next game, Saturday, January 9th, in Milwaukee against the Wave at 6:05pm.
The next home game for the Ambush will be on Friday, January 15th against the Syracuse Silver Knights. Kickoff has been changed from 7:35pm to a special 11:05am time at the Family Arena.
Season, group and single game tickets are now on sale for all remaining home games. Call the Ambush office at 636-477-6363 for more information. Keep up with Ambush news anytime by visiting the team’s official web site, stlouisambush.com, the Ambush Facebook page, facebook.com/stlouisambush, or on Twitter, twitter.com/stlouisambush.