AMBUSH GRAB OVERTIME VICTORY AGAINST SYRACUSE
Adamson scores winner for St. Louis after Roach’s late equalizer
ST. CHARLES, Mo. – The St. Louis Ambush staged a dramatic late rally to take a 14-12 overtime victory against the Syracuse Silver Knights in front of 6,209 fans on Sunday evening at the Family Arena. Corey Adamson had the winner four minutes into the extra session after former New England Revolution midfielder Mike Roach had tied the game with 44.5 seconds to play.
After rallying back from a six-point first-quarter deficit, the Silver Knights had taken a 12-10 lead with 9:02 to play in the game as Kenardo Forbes scored a short-handed goal. Syracuse then had a chance late on when Odaine Sinclair was sent to the penalty box for the Ambush with 2:56 to play, but after the Silver Knights were unable to convert their power play chance, Sinclair had an immediate impact upon exiting the penalty box as he helped steal possession to set up a chance that Roach put away to tie the game.
Sinclair finished the game with three assists, and he played provider on the Ambush’s winner as he won possession on the left side of the penalty area before centering for an on-rushing Adamson to put home from close range. The goal was Adamson’s second of the game, and gave the Ambush a season sweep of the Silver Knights.
Syracuse had taken an early lead through Nate Bourdeau’s goal 23 seconds in, but St. Louis put together a strong opening 15 minutes as they reeled off four consecutive goals, including two by Matt Kimball, to take an 8-2 lead at the end of the period. Syracuse fought back, with Machel Millwood sparking a four-goal run for the Silver Knights with a goal in both the second and third quarters that saw them hold a 10-8 lead with 15 minutes to play. The Ambush would have the final word, however, as they claimed their third win of the season.
ROCHESTER 10, PENNSYLVANIA 5: Gary Boughton had a pair of goals as the Rochester Lancers took victory against the Pennsylvania Roar in front of 7,231 at the Blue Cross Arena.
The Lancers took an early lead as Joey Tavernese scored 18 seconds into the game, and that would hold into the second quarter until the Roar’s Kevin Coleman struck from 3-point range to give his side the lead.
Boughton would hit back less than a minute later, giving Rochester a 4-3 halftime lead, and third-period goals by Sean Summerville and Mauricio Salles would keep the Lancers in front before Boughton added his second 21 into the fourth quarter to wrap up the scoring.
SYRACUSE 18, MISSOURI 15: Kenardo Forbes had a hat trick as the Syracuse Silver Knights defeated the Missouri Comets in front of 4,122 fans at the Independence Events Center. The win was the first in the Silver Knights’ history on the road at the Comets.
The Silver Knights gained the upper hand early behind a pair of power play goals from Forbes, from 3-point range, and Neto, which gave them a 7-2 lead at the end of the first period. The Comets would rally back as Leo Gibson recorded a first-half hat trick and Vahid Assadpour scored twice, including once from 3-point range, to give their side an 11-9 halftime lead.
Assadpour would complete his hat trick 2:08 into the third quarter, but then things tilted back toward the Silver Knights as goals by Neto and Forbes’ second from 3-point range gave Syracuse a 14-13 lead with 15 minutes to play. Byron Alvarez briefly restored the Comets’ lead, but Nelson Santana would convert a shootout chance with 4:46 to play to put Syracuse back on top before Forbes completed his hat trick with 41 seconds to play to wrap up the win.
MILWAUKEE 24, ST. LOUIS 4: Carlos had a four-goal night as the Milwaukee Wave swept past the St. Louis Ambush in front of 4,149 fans at U.S. Cellular Arena. Marcio Leite also had two goals and two assists as the Wave ended the weekend in a tie for first place.
Nick Perera and J.C. Banks each scored inside the opening three minutes for the Wave before Mike Roach pulled a goal back for the Ambush. The Wave would then pull away as Munoz scored twice to help the Wave to a 16-2 halftime lead. Munoz then completed his scoring spree in the second half as he moved into fourth place in the league with 26 points.
STANDINGS (Through December 29, 2013)
Friday, December 27
Rochester 10, Pennsylvania 5
Saturday, December 28
Milwaukee 24, St. Louis 4
Syracuse 18, Missouri 15
Sunday, December 29
St. Louis 14, Syracuse 12, OT
Tuesday, December 31
Syracuse at Milwaukee, 2 p.m. ET
Baltimore at Pennsylvania, 5 p.m. ET
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Missouri at Rochester, 3 p.m. ET
Friday, January 3
Missouri at Baltimore, 7:35 p.m. ET
Rochester at St. Louis, 8:35 p.m. ET
Saturday, January 4
Milwaukee at St. Louis, 2:35 p.m. ET
Pennsylvania at Baltimore, 7:35 p.m. ET
Sunday, January 5
Rochester at Missouri, 4:10 p.m. ET