Milwaukee Wave clip Wings, remain undefeated
Third time is a charm, as the old saying goes. That’s what the Wichita Wings were hoping for on their third visit to Milwaukee. Luck was not on the side of the Wings.
Wichita started off quickly when Larry Inlow drilled a shot from the left side to give the Wings an early 2-0 lead. Unlike their last game, where they gave up 7 early points, the Wave tie it up on a Guiliano Oliviero goal off the Tom Oatley assist.
Things got interesting for the Wave when they were awarded a shootout, followed by a Wings penalty and penalty kick. Marcio Liete was unable to capitalize on the PK, but Ian Bennett took advantage as he scored a power play goal giving Milwaukee a 4-2 lead.
The second quarter was physical, but scoreless until the tandem of JP Rodrigues and Greg Howes worked the ball past the Wichita defense. The series of passes ended with Liete tipping in the goal to put Milwaukee up by 4 late in the first half.
Milwaukee opened the 2nd half scoring with great pressure. Matt Stewart stole the loose ball from Sanaldo, fed to Nick Perera who finished off for a 3 point goal pushing the Wave advantage to 9-2.
Howes went over the 750 career point mark as he it the back of the net off the Ian Bennett assist, extending the Milwaukee lead to 9 with 4:30 to go in the 3rd quarter. Liete scores :30 into the 4th quarter hitting the right side of the goal to open up a 11 point lead.
Wichita ended the Milwaukee 13-0 run in power play fashion off the foot of Bryan Perez to make it a 13-4 Wave lead with 4 minutes left. Milwaukee countered with a Tom Oatley goal from the top of the key off the Rodrigues assist.
The undefeated streak remains intact for the Wave as they cruised to the 15-4 win, improving their league best record to 7-0. Wichita fell to 3-6 and remain winless on the road.