We were Ambushed. We never saw it coming. The Kansas City Comets took a 4-0 halftime lead in St. Louis and we smugly reclined and put our feet up, content that our fingers were firmly on the pulse of the MASL.
But then, to quote Ambush-GM-Brian-Roth-quoting-a-local-media-personality, “Holy jumpin’!” The Ambush tied it at 4-4 and came back again to tie one more time before vanquishing the Comets 6-5 in overtime before the second largest MASL crowd of the season. The Ambush avenged last year’s misadventure where they blew a 6-0 lead and lost 11-9 to Kansas City last January.
St. Louis improved to 2-2, in contrast to last year’s 3-19 record and their 1-19 mark in 2016/17. Kansas City fell to 1-3.
Most eyes this week will be on the Pacific Division. The San Diego Sockers (1-0) visit the Ontario Fury (3-0) tonight in a battle of undefeated teams. On Saturday the Sockers will host the Tacoma Stars (2-1). Then on Sunday, the Fury complete the round robin by hosting Tacoma. Ontario got the best of Stars Saturday in Tacoma, taking round one, 6-3.
- Adrien Perez leads the MASL with 15 points and has three straight five-point games.
- Guilherme Dos Santos had only one goal in 17 games last year, but has already dented the net six times in only three games this year.
- Veteran goalkeeper Fidel Garcia has lowered his early season GAA to 2.97 through three games, down from last year’s unsightly 9.83 mark.
The Wave-Comets game followed a very familiar script with Milwaukee racing to a 6-1 lead and then Kansas City rallying, but losing 10-8. Ian Bennett already has a pair of four-goal games and two game-winning goals.
The Blast ground everything to a halt on Orlando’s large (regular size) field, holding the SeaWolves scoreless over the game’s final 52:47.
The Sockers were the last MASL team to kick off the 2018-19 season and it looks like they could use another couple weeks to get ready. San Diego was stymied by the Barracudas Fidel Garcia, and were lucky to escape with an overtime win after blowing a 3-0 lead.
The Uticas nearly blew a 5-1 lead, seeing their advantage shrink to 6-5, but then pulled away in the fourth quarter so it’s hard to say if the score was worse than it looked or not as bad as it looked, but Utica won again and Harrisburg didn’t.
Last year’s rightful Rookie of the Year Adrien Perez has been nothing short of sensational this year, leading Ontario to a red hot 3-0 start, anchored by Chris Toth’s presence in the nets.
Tacoma fell short in
Darren Sawatzky’s home farewell game and will have their hands full with San Diego and Ontario on the road this weekend.
Rio Grande Valley had a pretty good weekend, shutting out Turlock and going 12 rounds with the Sockers.
Florida took care of business at home, stopping Harrisburg 7-5.
The Comets overcame a slow start to win in Canada, but got into big trouble against Milwaukee and blew a big lead in St. Louis.
Orlando is building from the back. If they keep allowing four goals a game they will eventually be very successful.
Ambush fever is sweeping the nation!
Mississauga gave up double digit goals for the second time in three games.
The Heat only have four games left on their six-game gauntlet, but the bad news is they lost the first two games.
Dallas won the Go Green pageant against El Paso.
El Paso was green with envy in their less-than-competitive loss in Dallas.
Turlock lost their home opener 6-0 and now are being outscored by Adrien Perez 12-4 through three games.