COMETS BALANCED ATTACK TOO MUCH FOR WAVE
Brian Harris scores three goals for Comets in home victory
INDEPENDENCE, Mis – The Milwaukee Wave traveled back to Independence, Missouri to take on a familiar opponent in the Missouri Comets. Dating back to last year’s playoffs, this was the fifth time in the last nine Wave games these two have faced off. The Comets won two of three in last year’s postseason, but Milwaukee has split the first two matchups this season, both in Missouri.
In the first quarter, the Comets had multiple scoring opportunities, but only came up with a long 3-point goal by Brian Harris, his third goal in four games. Wave Goalkeeper Nick Vorberg recorded five saves in the first quarter. Comets Goalkeeper Danny Waltman stopped both first quarter shot attempts by the Wave.
Brian Harris found the back of the net for the second time of the night, this time in the first few minutes of the second quarter, giving the Comets a 5-0 lead over the Wave. Leo Gibson added his sixth goal of the season in the second quarter, extending the Comets lead to 7-0 over the Wave. The Comets entered halftime with that lead, out-shooting the Wave 18-6.
Lucas Rodriguez scored quickly out of the half time break, and the Comets led 9-0 0:52 seconds into the 3rd quarter. The Wave got the first power play of the night mid way through the 3rd quarter, but were unable to convert. In the final minutes of the 3rd quarter, reigning MISL Player of the Week Carlos Munoz found the back of the net. His 3-point goal was his fourth goal in the last two games.
Tony Walls had the second 3-point goal of the night for the Wave, as the Wave pulled to within three points. The Comets quickly had a pair of goals to stretch the lead out to 13-6. Leo Gibson scored his second goal of the night, redirecting a pass from Vahid Assadpour. Only 0:14 seconds later, Ramone Palmer found the net. With under five minutes remaining in the final quarter, Coady Andrews found Brian Harris, who scored his third goal of the game.
The Comets won the game 15-6, handing the Wave their first loss of the season. Missouri out-shot Milwaukee 33-28. Milwaukee had the only power play of the game, and was unable to convert. Both Milwaukee goals were 3-point goals, giving them eight 3-point goals on the season.
Missouri Comets 15, Milwaukee Wave 6, FINAL.
Missouri: Brian Harris – 7 points; Leo Gibson – 5 points
Milwaukee: Carlos Munoz – 3 points; Tony Walls – 3 points
Missouri: Coady Andrews – 2 assists; Vahid Assadpour – 2 assists
Milwaukee: Giuliano Oliviero – 1 assist
The Wave will return home for three of the next four games at the U.S. Cellular Arena. The St. Louis Ambush will come to Milwaukee to face the Wave on Saturday, December 28th at 6:00pm. On New Year’s Eve, the Syracuse Silver Knights will take on the Wave at 2:00pm. Following a road matchup with St. Louis on January 4th, the Rochester Lancers will take their only trip to Milwaukee to take on the Wave on Saturday, January 11th at 6:00pm.
Next Sunday, Missouri will host the St. Louis Ambush, the third time Missouri has played St. Louis thus far. The Comets have won both games on the road. The first came on November 23rd, a 28-7 Comets victory. Six days later, the Comets needed overtime for a 12-10 victory.