Kansas City Comets


Leo Gibson and Anthony Grant each turn in a Hat Trick on the night

KANSAS CITY (January 13, 2018) – The Kansas City Comets earned their second straight victory on Saturday night in what was arguably their best performance of the season. Forwards Leo Gibson and Anthony Grant each scored three goals to lead all scorers as the Comets took down the Harrisburg Heat in front of 4,221 fans at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.

As has been the case for much of the season, the Comets had high hopes going into this game, but somehow managed to allow an early goal. A couple unlucky bounces gave Harrisburg’s Val Teixeira an open look at the goal and he put it home to give the Heat a 1-0 lead less than a minute and a half into the game.

In many games earlier this season, giving up an early goal was defeating to the Comets and forced the team into careless mistakes. However this time, the team had a confidence in their game plan and patience to see it through.

Grant opened up the Comets’ scoring midway through the quarter, followed by Gibson’s first goal of the night. The scoring duo gave their team a 2-1 lead at the first break.

The two teams traded goals in the second quarter. Harrisburg briefly tied the game four minutes in and again midway through the quarter, but the Comets never lost their lead and goals from Gibson and Andre Braithwaite gave the team a 4-3 lead heading into the half, their first halftime lead since December 8, 2017.

The second half belonged to the Comets as they were the ones putting pressure on their opponents and forcing errors. Head coach Kim Roentved was very happy with how his team performed in the second half.

“We knew we could get them off guard a little by switching up between high-pressure and low pressure,” said Roentved. “They read the game perfectly and knew the right moments to attack and the right time to defend.”

Gibson and Grant each scored again in the third quarter. Gibson’s hat trick was the 19th of his Comets career and Grant’s score gave the Comets a 6-3 lead after three periods.

With the lead and their confidence growing, the Comets continued to alternate their pressure, even as Harrisburg pulled goalkeeper to add a 6th attacker to the mix. Harrisburg’s head coach Denison Cabral suited up as a player in tonight’s match and scored his first goal with four minutes remaining in the game. It was not enough though as Grant completed his Hat Trick in the fourth quarter in addition to goals from Bryan Perez, Nacho Flores and Guerrero Pino to seal the 10-4 victory over the Harrisburg Heat.

The Comets head out east for a pair of games against the Baltimore Blast and Florida Tropics next weekend, then return home to face the Cedar Rapids Rampage at home on January 28th at 5:05 p.m. The Comets will be celebrating Star Wars Night at that match with the first 1,000 fans receiving a limited edition Comets Star Wars T-Shirt.

Tickets for Star Wars Night on January 28th are available here.