Blast is manhandled by Comets in 17-6 loss

Kansas City turns tables on goalkeeper Phillips

road mark falls to 3-9


February 22, 2003|By Jim Pedley | Jim Pedley,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The last time the Blast played the Kansas City Comets, its goalkeeper, Brett Phillips, had one of those memorable nights, giving up just seven points as he inspired his team to a 15-7 victory.

Last night at Kemper Arena, Kansas City goalie Paolo Ceccarelli counter-punched.

Ceccarelli held the Blast to one point fewer than Phillips as the Blast was forced to leave town a 17-6 loser.

The loss left the Blast 12-16 for the season and 3-9 on the road.

"We had mental breakdowns. We had offensive breakdowns. We had poor line changes. That pretty much tells the story tonight," said Blast coach Bobby McAvan.

The first period ended with the public address system blaring the song, "We Will Rock You," and the fans at Kemper Arena wondering: "When?"

There were 22 shots on goal by the two teams -- 10 by the Blast and 12 by the Comets -- but no goals were scored.

The scoreboard finally got some work when the Blast's Tarik Walker scored a two-point goal with his team holding a man advantage because of a holding penalty to Alex Zotinca. The goal came at the 6:29 mark of the second period. Getting the assist was Denison Cabral.

The lead didn't last long, however. Nicola Corneli tied it with a two-pointer at the 7:13 mark. He was assisted by Nate Houser.

It looked like that would be the extent of the scoring in the second period, but, with 10 seconds left, the Blast called time. Whatever was said was effective because, with four seconds left, Danny Kelly blasted a two-pointer past Paolo Ceccarelli to give the Blast a 4-2 halftime lead.

The Comets went to the locker room leading 19-13 in shots on goal.

The Comets tied the score at 4 a minute into the third period when Houser put a rebound past Phillips from the front of the net. He was assisted by Corneli.

The Comets grabbed their first lead of the evening when Wes Wade took a pass from Zotinca and pushed a header past Phillips at the 3:26 mark of the third.

The Comets were playing without the MISL's leading scorer and league MVP from a year ago, Dino Delevski.

Delevski, who has now missed two straight games after being ejected last weekend for head- butting Philadelphia's Chris Handsor, led San Diego's Carlos Farias by 14 points when last night's games began.

It didn't matter.

The Kansas City lead went to 8-4 when Corneli hit a shot by Brian Soell that was sitting and spinning on the goal line. The two-pointer came at 11:39 of the third period.

Corneli scored a minute into the final period to make it 10-4. Cabral got the final Blast goal at 2:22 of the fourth.

Blast 0 4 0 2 -- 6

Kansas City 0 2 6 9 -- 17

First period -- None. Second period-- 1. Blast, Walker (Cabral) 6:29 2-point. 2. Kansas City, Corneli (Houser), 7:13, 2-point. 3. Blast, Kelly (Bowers),14:56, 2-point. Penalty: Kansas City, Zotinca (holding), 2:00. Third period-- 4. Kansas City, Houser (Corneli), 1:00, 2-point. 5. Kansas City, Wade (Zotinca), 3:26. 6. Kansas City, Corneli (Soell),11:39, 2-point. Penalty: Blast, Bader (tripping), 2:00 Fourth period -- 7. Kansas City, Corneli (Wade) :07, 2-point. 8. Blast, Cabral, 2:22, 2-point. 9. Kansas City, DaSilva ( Dancy),3:48, 2-point. 10. Kansas City, Zotinca, 6:03, 3-point. 11. Kansas City, DaSilva (Houser), 12:26, 2-point. Shots on goal: Blast 10-3-5-11--29; Kansas City 12-7-10-11--40. Power-play opportunities: Blast 1-1. Kansas City 1-1. Goalies: Blast, Phillips 17 shots, 10 saves, Tschantret 4 shots, 3 goals. Kansas City, Ceccarelli 18 shots, 15 saves. A: 5,101.

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