The Kansas City Comets were the only team to beat the Milwaukee Wave at home during the regular season, but that magic did not return during the playoffs as the top-seeded Wave claimed a 10-3 win Saturday to put an end to the Comets’ season.
The Wave started the game on the power play after James Togbah received an early blue card. Despite multiple back-to-back saves by Comets goalkeeper Mark Saxby, Ian Bennett scored the first goal.
Saxby’s diving save robbed Bennett of a second goal in the closing seconds as the first quarter ended with the Wave leading 1-0.
The Wave struck early in the second period on a goal by Andre Hayne, but goals by Kevin Ellis and John Sosa knotted the score at 2-all for the Comets.
A third-quarter power play goal by Bennett gave the Wave a 3-2 lead, but again the Comets tied it on a Kiel Williams goal.
However, the rest of the game belonged to the Wave. Alex Bradley moved effortlessly around three Comets defenders and blasted the ball into the goal to give the Wave a 4-3 advantage. The momentum continued to swing Milwaukee’s way as Luan Olivera and Daniel Chamale pushed the score to 6-3 at the end of the third quarter.
Togbah was expelled from the game early in the fourth quarter after receiving his second blue card and Marcio Leite scored the Wave’s seventh goal. Hayne and Olivera both scored to make it 9-3.
Milwaukee’s Ricardinho then scored to account for the final margin.