The Stars celebrate their crucial MASL win against the Fury on Friday night. COURTESY PHOTO, Stars

The Stars celebrate their crucial MASL win against the Fury on Friday night. COURTESY PHOTO, Stars

Tacoma Stars stay alive in playoff hunt with 8-6 win over Fury

Jamael Cox’s hat trick leads the way

  • Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:38am
  • Sports

For the Reporter

The Tacoma Stars kept their MASL playoff hopes alive, beating the Ontario Fury 8-6 in front of 3,085 fans at the accesso ShoWare Center on Friday night.

Jamael Cox’s hat trick powered the Stars.

Tacoma and Ontario each have 10-11 records, with the head-to-head regular-season tiebreaker belonging to the Stars at 3-1. A win in Tacoma’s final game – against the Kansas City Comets at home next Friday – will clinch the second Pacific Division playoff spot.

Defenses were on display in the first quarter in which the Stars’ Joey Gjersten provided the only goal, his eighth of the season, with 9:16 left on the clock.

The second quarter belonged to Tacoma, which got back-to-back goals by Nick Perera to build a 3-0 with 10:03 left in the first half. Ontario put up its first marker of the match when Adrian Perez scored just over two minutes later. Cox scored his first goal of the match to close out scoring in the half and put the Stars up 4-1.

Juan Gonzalez cut the Tacoma lead to 4-2 with his seventh goal of the season just 39 seconds into the second half. Cox and Cory Keitz each scored for the Stars in the third quarter to put the them on top 6-2, heading into the final quarter.

Ontario notched fourth-quarter goals – two from Francisco Cordeiro and one each from Ouday Belhadj and Maicon de Abreu – to make the game close. Cox netted his third of the game, and Raphael Cox pounded home the final goal for Tacoma.

The Stars-Comets match is Fan Appreciation Night.

For tickets call 1-800-STARS-84 or go to

More in Sports

Kentlake subdues Auburn in division opener

Falcons fly to 4-0 start; injuries, mistakes hamper Trojans

Sippin Fire and jockey Rocco Bowen. COURTESY TRACK PHOTO
Sippin Fire aims for record book in $100,000 Getaway Day

Stakes and $50,000 Gottstein Futurity highlight closing day card

Chargers pull out boys water polo win

Senior captain Milo Anderson, above, scored a goal with 34 seconds left… Continue reading

Seattle’s Nolan Volcan battles Everett for the puck during WHL preseason play this season. COURTESY PHOTO, Brian Liesse, T-Birds
Volcan named Thunderbirds team captain

The Seattle Thunderbirds have named left wing Nolan Volcan team captain for… Continue reading

Trojans zap Royals, retain Taylor Trophy

Auburn storms back after lightning delay to deliver first victory

Fully charged: Kentridge zaps Auburn Riverside in 3 games

Kentridge High’s Kate Wick spikes the ball over the reach of Auburn… Continue reading

Kentwood grad McGuire makes MLB debut with Toronto Blue Jays

Hits double, throws out Ramirez trying to steal

Reporter Athlete of the Week: Francis Viloria

Kentridge High School’s Francis Viloria, tennis, was selected as the Kent Reporter’s… Continue reading

Reporter Athlete of the Week: Zaiah Calvin

Kentridge High School’s Zaiah Calvin, volleyball, was selected as the Kent Reporter’s… Continue reading

Most Read