MISL WEEK TWO RECAP
Wave, Vorberg Shut Out Blast
Goalkeeper records 14 saves as Milwaukee takes 8-0 victory
BALTIMORE – Nick Vorberg recorded a 14-save shutout as the Milwaukee Wave spoiled the Baltimore Blast’s championship banner-raising celebration with an 8-0 victory on Saturday night in front of 8,780 fans at Baltimore Arena. JC Banks scored twice for the Wave, his first goals for the club, to help Milwaukee claim victory.
Banks opened the scoring with just more than five minutes to play in the first quarter, clipping home a finish from Nick Perera’s pass, and then drove home a 3-point goal into the left corner in the second quarter to make it 5-0. Hewerton then added another 3-pointer a little more than a minute later to give the Wave an eight-point lead at the halftime break.
That would prove enough for Vorberg and the Wave’s defense, which also recorded 22 blocked shots as the Blast tried to rally in the second half. The shutout was the first in the MISL since Jeff Richey for Chicago on January 4, 2013 against Syracuse, and was the first time in the Blast’s 34-year history that the team had been shut out at home.
ST. LOUIS 17, PENNSYLVANIA 4: Dan Antoniuk had a hat trick as the St. Louis Ambush made a successful return to action in front of 7,109 fans at The Family Arena against fellow expansion side the Pennsylvania Roar.
A flurry of goals put the Ambush in control late in the first quarter. Corey Adamson scored the first goal in the club’s modern history at the 11:27 mark, and 31 seconds later Antoniuk opened his account. The veteran forward then scored a second a little more than a minute later, before Odaine Sinclair made it 8-0 with 1:06 to play in the period.
The Roar rallied in the second quarter as back-to-back goals by Kyle Martyn and JerJer Gibson made the score 8-4 less than five minutes into the period, but the Ambush regained the momentum in the final minute of the half as Chris Mattingly scored a power-play goal. St. Louis then cruised in the second half as goals by Kory Dowell, from 3-point range, and Chad Vandegriffe stretched the lead to 11 points before Antoniuk completed his hat trick in the closing stages.
SYRACUSE 21, ROCHESTER 8: Slavisa Ubiparipovic had his second hat trick in as many games as the Syracuse Silver Knights took victory against the Rochester Lancers in front of 3,489 fans at The Oncenter War Memorial.
The first half was tight between the I-90 rivals, with the different at the halftime breaking being Bo Jelovac’s 3-point goal as both sides found the net twice. The Silver Knights added to their 5-4 advantage at the break early in the third quarter, though, as they stretched their lead to seven points on goals by Kenardo Forbes, Ubiparipovic and Nelson Santana.
Rochester tried to rally, with Joe Tavernese’s goal making it a five-point game, but that was as close as the Lancers got as Ubiparipovic scored twice in the fourth quarter as the Silver Knights pulled away for victory.
MISSOURI 28, ST. LOUIS 7: The Missouri Comets rebounded well from their opening-night defeat as they brought the St. Louis Ambush back to earth after their victory the night before. Vahid Assadpour had a hat trick for the Comets, while Leo Gibson had a six-point night to lead Missouri to victory.
Gibson opened the scoring before Assadpour struck twice to give the Comets a 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, and Missouri’s attack continued to roll from there as Milan Ivanovic and Bryan Perez extended the lead to 10 points. Kory Dowell pulled a goal back for the Ambush from 3-point range, but the Comets extended their lead to 14-3 at the halftime break as Assadpour completed his hat trick. In all, 10 different Comets found the back of the net as they kept their foot on the pedal throughout the second half.
SYRACUSE 20, ROCHESTER 8: Kenardo Forbes had two goals and two assists as the Syracuse Silver Knights completed a weekend sweep of the Rochester Lancers in front of 5,169 fans at the Blue Cross Arena.
The Silver Knights took a 4-0 lead in the first quarter through goals by LJ Papaleo and Forbes, but the Lancers were able to get back on even terms as Elliot Fauske continued his strong start with a pair of goals. As on Friday night, however, Syracuse pulled away in the second half as goals by Nelson Santana, from 3-point range, and Nate Bourdeau made it 9-4.
Gary Boughton was able to pull a goal back for Rochester, cutting the deficit to three, but Syracuse then reeled off three consecutive goals by Bo Jelovac, Slavisa Ubiparipovic and Forbes to put the game away.
MILWAUKEE 21, PENNSYLVANIA 4: The Milwaukee Wave made it three wins out of three to start the season as they pulled away from the Pennsylvania Roar with a strong second half at Santander Arena.
Nick Perera led the Wave with a hat trick, and opened the scoring a little less than three minutes in. Pennsylvania hit back through Ptah Myers, but Marcelo Fontana scored the first of his two goals to make it 4-2 at the end of the first quarter. The Roar again got back on level terms through Chris Williams, but Milwaukee then took control. A goal by Marcio Leite and Perera’s second made it 8-4 at the halftime break, and from there the Wave cruised to victory as Nick Vorberg finished with 14 saves.
STANDINGS (Through November 24, 2013)
Friday, November 22
Syracuse 21, Rochester 8
St. Louis 17, Pennsylvania 4
Saturday, November 23
Syracuse 20, Rochester 8
Milwaukee 8, Baltimore 0
Missouri 28, St. Louis 7
Sunday, November 24
Milwaukee 21, Pennsylvania 4
Friday, November 29
Missouri at St. Louis, 8:35 p.m. ET
Sunday, December 1
Syracuse at Pennsylvania, 4:05 p.m. ET