Kansas City Comets vs Milwaukee Wave
When: Saturday, January 4th, 2020 at 6:05 PM CT
Where: Silverstein Eyes Centers Arena, Independence, Missouri
How to Watch/Stream: Masl.tv/YouTube
The Kansas City Comets will look to improve their home record to 3-0, but it will come against the 2019 Ron Newman Cup champions, the Milwaukee Wave.
The Wave enter Saturday’s matchup sitting at the top of the conference with a 5-1 record, tied with the Florida Tropics for first place in the Eastern Conference. Managed by head coach Giuliano Oliviero for the fourth consecutive season, the Wave are the fifth best offensive team in the conference, but have been the greatest defensive team in all of the MASL, giving up just 18 goals and have killed .818% of penalties. Milwaukee has also been without their first choice keeper, Josh Lemos, all season due to a torn knee ligament injury. Rafa Dias has stepped in as the starter and has posted the best save percentage in the league with .809%.
The Wave are led offensively by Ian Bennett and Max Ferdinand, who have combined for 16 goals and 12 assists. Defensively, the Wave have been ruthless, with a long list of solid defenders that could start for many other teams in the league, but no one better than Marcio Leite and Guilherme Veiga.
Kansas City enters Saturday’s game coming from a 7-6 loss to the St. Louis Ambush on the back of Leo Gibson’s three goals. The Comets confirmed that Mark Saxby is still out so Lou Misner should be in goal again for the Comets. Former Sporting Kansas City defender Kevin Ellis is keen to make his season debut, pending his physical.
The Comets enter Saturday’s game looking to stay perfect at home, but with an overall record of 3-4, which has them in seventh of the Eastern Conference. The Comets have been led by Leo Gibson, who has leads all of MASL with 17 points off 10 goals and 7 assists.
The first of five meetings between these two sides this season is a promise to be a physical battle with some of the league’s best players on show. Milwaukee has dominated the series recently, winning 10 of the last 11 meetings in the previous two seasons. The Wave can afford a loss, but the Comets will be looking to get a win to make up for Tuesday’s loss in St. Louis.