FEATURE COMETS FALL IN GAME 1 OF CENTRAL DIVISION FINALS Mar 09, 2012
Milwaukee Grabs 1-0 Series Lead With Second Half Explosion
INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI – The Comets suffered a 27-10 loss to the Milwaukee Wave in Game 1 of the Central Division Finals Friday night at the Independence Events Center. After leading 8-7 at the half, the Comets were outscored 20-2 by the Wave in the third and fourth quarters.
“We collapsed. Totally collapsed,” a distraught coach Kim Roentved said after the game. “Unfortunately we played probably our worst half of the year. At the end of the day the score didn’t matter much, but I hate that we embarrassed ourselves in front of our home crowd.”
The Comets jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter on two Leo Gibson goals. Milwaukee answered with back-to-back goals from Marco Terminesi and Joe Hammes early in the second quarter.
The Comets needed just four seconds of a power play to regain the lead on a Bato Radoncic goal eight minutes into the second quarter. Milwaukee then grabbed their only lead of the first half on an Evan McNeley 3-pointer but the Comets answered 40 seconds later with a penalty kick goal from Byron Alvarez.
Comets forward John Sosa was whistled for a penalty late in the first half but Milwaukee was unable to score on the power play. The Comets seemed to gain momentum with the penalty kill, going into the halftime locker room with an 8-7 lead.
However, Milwaukee dominated the third quarter, shutting out the Comets while scoring six straight goals. Marco Terminesi started the run with a goal that rattled around the cage and was initially waved off but counted after an official’s conference. Milwaukee extended the run to eight straight goals early in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
The Comets scored late on Bato’s second goal of the night, but the Wave got the last word with a JP Rodrigues 3-pointer. McNeley ended the night with two 3-point goals, while Terminesi and Hewerton Moreira each had five points on two goals and an assist.
Game 2 of the Central Division Finals is scheduled for Sunday, March 11 at 3pm in Milwaukee. A Comets win would force a 15-minute mini-game that would immediately follow Game 2 to decide the representative in the MISL Championship Series. Comets fans are encouraged to come to the Brewtop Pub and Patio in Lee’s Summit for the official watch party.