Kansas City Comets


Kansas City unable to overcome early deficit, injuries

KANSAS CITY (December 9, 2017) – After a big home victory last night, the Kansas City Comets traveled overnight to Cedar Rapids, Iowa for their second game in as many nights. Unfortunately, the Comets were unable to duplicate their results, falling 10-4 to the Cedar Rapids Rampage at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.

Leo Gibson scored two goals to lead the team, with his first coming only one minute into the match. Unfortunately, the goal only equalized the score, as the Comets had already given one up 15 seconds into the match. The Comets were playing catch-up the entire night.

Following Gibson’s goal, the Rampage knocked in three straight in the opening quarter. Bryan Perez cut the lead to 4-2 just before the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Comets mounted a valiant comeback. Andre Braithwaite scored his third goal of the season, followed by Gibson’s second of the match to put the Comets within a goal at the halftime break, 5-4.

The Comets were without Stefan Stokic and Tanner Hunjak, who were both injured last night, and Kiel Williams who was attending to the birth of his new daughter. The missing pieces and the overnight trouble seemed to deflate the team in the second half and they were shut out the rest of the way. Cedar Rapids scored five goals to close out the game in the final two quarters, including two empty-net goals when the Comets put their sixth attacker on the field.

The Comets will assess the injuries to Stokic and Hunjak this week as they prepare to come back to Iowa to play the Rampage next Saturday at 7:05 p.m. CT. The team will then return home to the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena on December 22nd at 7:35 p.m. CT. Tickets for that match can be found here