Milwaukee Wave fall to Missouri Comets 17-14
MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Wave suffered their third loss of the season before the largest home crowd of the season. The last regular season home game saw end-to-end action between the Milwaukee Wave and Missouri Comets with the Comets winning 17-14. The Wave battled back in this fast paced, aggressive game but fell short.
The Milwaukee Wave got on the board first capitalizing on a powerplay after Ryan Junge was sent to the penalty box for obstruction. Giuliano Oliviero scored from close range off a Greg Howes assist. The Comets had their own powerplay after an Oliviero penalty for tripping. The Comets’ Lucas Rodriquez quickly took advantage of the powerplay and tied up the game. The Wave answered immediately as Pablo scored on a second-effort giving the Wave a 4-2 lead. Nick Perera struck 13 seconds later for the Wave increasing their lead to 6-2. The intense, fast paced action continued when Ryan Junge of the Comets cut the Wave’s lead to 6-4 where it would stand at the end of the first quarter. The Comets came out aggressive during the second quarter. They went on their second powerplay of the day early in the second quarter as the Wave was called for a penalty for too many men on the field. The Wave killed the poweplay however Comets Geison scored a 3-point goal quickly thereafter giving the Comets their first lead of the game at 7-6. The Comets struck again with a goal by Neto and finished with half with an Assadpour goal as the Comets take a five point lead at 13-8.
The Wave once again got on the board first in the half as Evan McNeley scored the first and only goal quarter cutting Comets lead to three at 10-13. The Comets opened the fourth quarter with a goal from John Sosa increasing the lead to five. The Wave continued to battle as Hewerton added two goals in the fourth quarter bringing them to within 1 point. The Wave added a sixth attacker once again but fell short as Assadpour completed his hat trick for the day giving the Comets a 17-14. The Comets clinched a playoff game with the win. The Wave will face the Comets in the first round of the upcoming playoffs.
The Wave plays their final five regular season games on the road. As they clinched the Central Division Title their first home playoff game will be on Sunday, March 11th.