The Comets dropped their third overtime loss this season with a devastating 7-6 loss in Milwaukee just 20 seconds before they would have forced a shootout.
The Comets were without Kevin Ellis (right achilles tendinitis), Lucas Rodriguez (left hamstring), Kiel Williams (right knee sprain), Adam James (right great toe flexor), Gui Gomes (concussion), and Robert Kelly (pneumonia).
Rookie Mikey Herrera scored his first professional goal for the Wave to give the Wave the only goal of the first quarter. After killing off a powerplay, Ray Lee equalized with a rocket past the keeper. Robert Palmer gave the Comets a 2-1 lead with a shorthanded goal, but Luan Oliveira equalized for Milwaukee later on the same powerplay. Alex Bradley made the halftime score 3-2 for the Wave with a nifty backheel.
John Sosa scored early in the third period to equalize for Kansas City with a shot directly from a restart at the top of the ark. The Comets scored another on the powerplay after Robert Palmer found a wide open Leo Gibson in the box, as Gibson calmly slid it past the keeper. Ian Bennett equalized for the Wave after Alex Bradey slammed the ball off the boards. Ray Lee scored his tenth goal of the season with a nice run to make the score 5-4 Comets. Max Ferdinand and Alex Bradley added goals for the Wave to give the Wave a 6-5 lead. Ray Saari had a quick equalizer for the visitors to tie it at 6-6. With a chance to put the Wave up a goal in the final couple of minutes, Ian Bennett missed an open goal, sending the game to overtime. With 20 seconds remaining in overtime, Milwaukee’s Angel Curiel sent his third goal of the season to the top shelf, ending Milwaukee’s two-game losing streak.
The Comets drop to back below .500 with a 5-6 record while the Milwaukee Wave improve to 7-3.
With just ten outfield players making the trip to Milwaukee, the Comets put out a tremendous effort, but fell just short in the overtime period. In his second appearance in the MASL, goalkeeper Nicolau Neto played like a veteran and kept his team in the game, recording 23 saves. The Comets did a fantastic job of not allowing Ian Bennett to have too many chances, and as the team reflects on both games this weekend, their is much to be happy with.
The Comets return home to Silverstein Eye Centers Arena for their next game against the winless Rochester Lancers on Sunday, January 26th.