MILWAUKEE – By the narrowest of margins Wednesday afternoon, the Missouri Comets made it through the first half of their first MASL season unbeaten.
After the Comets blew a four-goal lead in the third period at Milwaukee, goalie Danny Waltman stopped a Luan Sales Oliveira penalty shot at the end of overtime, then stopped Oliveira again in the shootout to give Missouri an 8-7 win over the Wave.
After both teams failed to convert their first two attempts in the shootout, Vahid Assadpour converted for Missouri (10-0) and Oliveira responded for the Wave (6-5). After MASL points leader Leo Gibson scored with his second attempt for the Comets, Waltman denied Oliveira to clinch the victory in front of more than 3,100.
After a 2-2 tie through the first period, Bryan Perez’s power-play goal gave the Comets the lead in the second and Alain Matingou converted an Assadpour assist with 47 seconds left before halftime.
Perez and Brian Harris added goals in the third for a 6-2 lead, both assisted by Assadpour.
Gibson, who has a league-high 41 points, and Assadpour had Missouri’s first-period goals.
Milwaukee stormed back in the third with four straight goals in less than 10 minutes – Oliveira, JC Banks, Ian Bennett and Banks again scored for the Wave. Perez’s unassisted goal gave him a hat trick and gave the Comets the lead at 11:27, but with a sixth attacker on for the Wave, Oliveira forced overtime with a goal with one second left.
Missouri had to play first minutes of overtime down a man after coach Vlatko Andonovski received a red card at the end of regulation, but it held firm. In the waning seconds of overtime, Waltman left the net to start an attack but was intercepted. The Wave’s Jonathan Greenfield tried to find the open net from his own half, but John Sosa committed a handball to deny that attempt. Waltman then had to stop Oliveira’s penalty kick to force the shootout.
Waltman made 19 saves and counterpart Nick Vorberg 15. The Comets were credited with 10 blocked shots.
The Comets, who lead the MASL Central Division by 4.5 games, travel to St. Louis on Saturday to face the Ambush (3-5).