The Comets fell behind quickly against the visiting Blast and could never recover, falling to the boys from Baltimore 22-6. The Blast scored early and often as lapses on the defensive end once again proved costly for the Comets. Former Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper, Boris Pardo, got his first start of the season and bore the brunt of the team’s defensive miscues.
The Comets got on the board first on a power play goal by Byron Alvarez at the 2:20 mark after a Blast tripping penalty. Alvarez’s goal, his 7th of the season. The next eleven minutes of the first period belonged to the Blast, with consecutive goals. At the 13:20 mark, ex-Sporting KC Jamar Beasley got the Comets back on the board with his fifth goal of the season, assisted by Leo Gibson. First quarter score: Blast 8, Comets 4.
The second quarter was all Baltimore, as the Blast rattled off three consecutive goals within a two-and-a-half minute period by Millwood, Healey and Lucio Gonzaga. Halftime score: Blast 14, Comets 4.
The third quarter was quiet except for a late score by the Blast’s Pat Healey, giving him an early hat trick and making the score 16-4 at the end of the period.
Yet another major defensive lapse to start the 4th period resulted in the Blast’s 9th score of the game after an errant pass off the back boards by Vahid Assadpour to goalie, Boris Pardo, was sent directly to the Blast’s Worteh Sampson, who quickly deposited it between Pardo’s legs for a goal. The Blast’s Pat Healey, who had been killing the Comets all game long, scored his fourth goal of the game, shorthanded this time, at the 5:54 mark during a Comets power play. The Blast would follow that shorthanded goal with another, just minutes later in the period by Mike Lookingland. The Comets would close out the game with a late power play goal by Leo Gibson, his 5th of the season, with an assist from Birche. Gibson would be named the Comets Player of the Game for the second straight game. Final score: Blast 22, Comets 6. Announced attendance: 3,790.
The Comets hit the road for a 2p.m. New Year’s Eve Day game against the first place Milwaukee Wave. The Comets return home for a rematch against the Chicago Riot on Friday, January 7th at the Independence Events Center. Game time: 7:35p.