Milwaukee Wave Advance to MASL Eastern Conference Final
After eliminating Utica from the Playoffs on Sunday, April 16th, the next stop for the Milwaukee Wave is the MASL Eastern Conference Final against the Baltimore Blast on Friday, April 21 at 6:35 PM and Sunday, April 23 at 1:05 PM, both games at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. The winner of that best-of-three series goes to the MASL Ron Newman Cup Finals, which crowns the league’s champion.
The Wave won a hard-fought victory in Game One of the MASL Eastern Conference Semifinal in Milwaukee on Thursday, April 13th. Two days later, the series moved to upstate New York for Game Two, which was claimed by Utica and forced a 15-minute Game Three in front of 3000+ fans at Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, NY. After trailing 2-0 going into the half, Milwaukee answered back late in the third quarter with a goal from Ben Ramin and, in the fourth quarter, a pair of goals from Derek Huffman and Marcio Leite.
“It was a really intense atmosphere,” said Head Coach Giuliano Oliviero after the final Utica game. “Give Utica overwhelming credit for the game they played and the passion that their fans have -- and they really do make a difference in this arena. They made it very difficult for us during both games.”
“Tremendous credit has to be given to every Wave competitor for performing at peak capacity on another teams’ turf,” noted Milwaukee Wave owner Mike Zimmerman. “Utica has a great squad and a terrific fan base, and they were firing on all cylinders.”
The Wave will meet the Baltimore Blast at Milwaukee’s UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, with Game One scheduled for Friday, April 21st at 6:35pm, and Game Two on Sunday, April 23rd at 1:05pm.
“This is, of course, absolutely fantastic for us,” noted Coach Oliviero. “We have the greatest fans in the league, and we know they’ll be out in force to support the team.”
“Baltimore is the hardest team to play against in the playoffs,” noted Milwaukee Wave Defender Marcio Leite. “It doesn’t matter if they’re having best or worst season; Baltimore is a different team when the playoffs come. We’re going to have to be very mature and have great concentration from everybody. They’ve got great leadership; great veterans players and they’ll do whatever it takes to try to get past us. We have great belief within our group that we can get the job done. We’re looking forward to it.”