Comets return home for matchup with Wave
The Kansas City Comets (7-5-4) will welcome longtime rival Milwaukee Wave (10-4-1) to Cable Dahmer Arena on Sunday evening for the third and final time this season.
The season series is currently tied at 2-2, with the home team winning all four matchups, but the Comets are looking to go back in front with a win on Milwaukee's final trip to Cable Dahmer Arena this season.
The Comets are looking to find some consistency after an up-and-down season that has the reigning Central Division champions entering Week 13 in fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
The Comets are coming from a lackluster 5-3 loss to the Florida Tropics last week. The Comets came back from a two-goal deficit but could not finish the job in the fourth quarter.
The Comets will be without James Togbah (concussion protocol) while Ali Sodal (trap spasm; right ankle sprain) is doubtful and Ray Lee (left ankle sprain) is probable.
Zach Reget, a native of Kenosha, Wisconsin, will get his first opportunity to participate in the Kansas City-Milwaukee rivalry after returning from camp with the U.S. Futsal National Team.
Reget is among the league’s top scorers with 20 goals this season, including five in his Comets debut against Florida earlier this month. Additional attacking threats include Lucas Sousa with 26 points and MASL assists leader John Sosa with 16 assists.
The Comets have won the previous two meetings with the Wave at Cable Dahmer Arena this season, including a 4-3 overtime win in December and a 10-4 regulation win in January.
The conference-leading Wave are looking for their first win at Cable Dahmer Arena in more than three years, last beating the Comets in KC on February 21, 2020, by a final score of 7-6. Since then, Milwaukee has lost five straight meetings at Cable Dahmer Arena.
With a 3-3-1 record away from home, the Wave are coming from a 7-5 loss on the road to Utica City FC and are trying to avoid a third consecutive defeat away from home.
Leading the Wave offensively is legendary forward and reigning MASL MVP Ian Bennett with 27 goals. Bennett is deadly on the power play, leading the league with eight power play goals.
Derek Huffman is another key component of Milwaukee’s offense, scoring on 38% of his shots with 21 points from 12 goals and nine assists.
The Wave will be without Javier Steinwascher (left foot). Andre Hayne (right calf), Daniel Mattos (left calf and hamstring) and Anthony Gonzalez (back) are doubtful while veteran defender Marcio Leite (left adductor) is probable.
Milwaukee also added MASL veteran Tony Walls ahead of Sunday’s clash.
The Wave lead the league with 17 power play goals and will be up against a Comets team that has conceded a league-high 41 power plays, although KC has shown more discipline recently by avoiding any trips to the penalty box in their past two games.
Tickets for Sunday’s contest are available at www.kccomets.com/tickets.