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The Missouri Comets defeat the Wave in game one

The Wave drives against the Comets.
The Wave drives against the Comets.
Photos by Steve Wilson

The Missouri Comets entered the Semi-Final Series against the Milwaukee Wave on Sunday March 9, having finished the season on a five-game winning streak. The Comets defeated the Wave in 2013 to get into the MISL Championship game. For the third time in four years, the Comets had a player win the scoring title, Leo Gibson. Gibson posted 76 points, 24 goals, and 25 assists by the seasons end. During the regular season, the Comets outscored the Wave 86-62.

The Comets met the Wave at the Independence Events Center.
The Comets met the Wave at the Independence Events Center.
Photos by Steve Wilson

At 3:38 in the first, the Comets Max Touloute with an assist by Brian Harris scored the first two-points of the game with a deflection off the goal post. Thirty seconds later Leo Gibson began his post season scoring, with an assist by Ramone Palmer, added two-points for a four to zero lead. At 5:23 in the first, Danny Waltman goalkeeper for the Comets made a miraculous save to keep the score at 4-0.

At: 47 in the second quarter Brian Harris of the Comets received a two-minute penalty for tripping, and a five-minute penalty. Milwaukee was unable to take advantage of the power play and after the two-minutes; the score remained 4-0 Comets. At 10:16 in the second, Lucas Rodriguez fed Stefan St. Louis a shot, which he was able to drive past Marcel Feenstra the Wave goalkeeper for a 6-0 lead by the Comets. The Wave remained scoreless at the end of the first half.

At 2:10 of the second half, the Comets took the score to 8-0 when Gibson, unassisted drove the ball past the Wave defender. At 2:40 Brian Palmer of the Comets received a two-minute penalty for tripping, giving the Wave their second power play of the game. Nicholas Perera received a two-minute penalty for holding, giving the two team’s equal strength for the next 56 seconds.

At 4:09, Waltman made a diving save to keep the score at 8-0. The Wave was able to keep the Comets scoreless in the 66-second power play. The Comets scored at 6:41 in the third quarter when John Sosa assisted by Ramone Palmer scored two-points, giving the Comets 10 unanswered points. At the end of the third quarter, the Comets remained 10-0. This was the first time this season and post season that the Wave have been held scoreless for three quarters.

At 1:45 in the final quarter, Gibson hit the first three-point goal from long distance, this was his third goal, Ramone Palmer assisted on the goal. Gibson scored his fourth goal of the night at 4:11, assisted by Bryan Perez, giving the Comets a 15-point lead. At 6:54 the Milwaukee Wave scored their first goal of the playoffs when Philip Surprise, assisted by Tony Walls drove the ball past Waltman.

At 10:15, Touloute scored a three-pointer for the Comets with the assist by Rodriguez. Gibson scored his fourth goal a two-pointer at 12:10 in the fourth quarter giving him 11-points in the game. The 11 points gives Gibson the club record for individual points scored in a playoff. The second goal for the Wave came at 13:20 when Hewerton made an unassisted two-pointer. With 23.5 seconds, remaining Pablo with the Wave scored the third goal for Milwaukee with an assist by Carlos Munoz. The Comets held on to a 14-point lead to beat the Wave.

The second game of the Semi-Final Series continues on Monday night in Milwaukee. View the game at the Missouri Comets website.