Wave Look to Rebound against First Place Florida Tropics Sunday Afternoon
The Milwaukee Wave are looking to right the ship following their loss against the Harrisburg Heat on February 9th.
The Wave (9-4) are going to have their third and final regular season matchup against the Eastern Division leading Florida Tropics (13-1).
The Tropics won the first game in the series at Milwaukee in a 5-4 overtime win on December 7th, whilst the Wave won the rematch on December 28th three weeks later in Florida, 6-5.
The Wave are the only team to have beat the Tropics in regular season play this year, but since their loss to the Wave, Florida has amassed an 8 game winning streak, the longest active in the Major Arena Soccer League.
Despite the Tropics' success this season, which includes a plus 64 goal differential and an 84% penalty kill, the Tropics are one of the most heavily penalized teams in the league and the most penalized team in the Eastern Division, averaging 7.6 penalty minutes per game, while in comparison the Wave has just 3.6 penalty minutes game. The Tropics also have an under 50% effective power play, which the Wave hopes to exploit since both teams are averaging the same amount of goals per game at just a hair under 8.
Coach Giuliano Oliviero has managed to refocus the team following the loss to Harrisburg in their last game, noting that "the game is sixty minutes, and we didn't put a sixty minute effort in last time, but we'll learn from it and we'll put a sixty game together next time out." Coach Oliviero sang the praises of the Tropics for their season so far, calling them "the most consistent team on the East side at this point," but feels the Wave is ready to embrace the opportunity this matchup presents for them, especially in the home stretch of the regular season. Coach Oliviero also said that if the fans should come to any one home game this year then this would be the one you need to see in person.
Wave Team Captain Ian Bennett also acknowledged the high quality of the Tropics as a team, but said "they are coming into our house and we're up for it." "They may be on top of the mountain right now, but we're (the Wave) are still the champs and Sunday we are going to show them why we're the champs," Bennett declared. Bennett noted that the biggest difference between this matchup and their first meeting with Florida is the overall health of the Wave as a team, "we're almost back to full strength, and that's allowed us to have better and harder training sessions than we did at the beginning of the year." Bennett leads the Wave in goals and is in a three-way tie for the league lead with 27 and is the sole league leader in power play goals with 7.
Fellow forward Max Ferdinand, who leads the Wave in assists with 18 and in second total points with 29, said that "this is a huge game, if we beat them we get the tiebreaker (for the playoffs). It won't be easy, but the guys are ready and the coaching staff has done a great job all week to get us prepared for this game."
The Wave kick off against the Tropics on Sunday February 16 at 3:07 pm at UW Panther Arena. It's a Sunday Funday so enjoy $3 beer, pretzels & popcorn! Plus, our Celebrity Dodgeball game at halftime and it's our Military Appreciation Game.
Show your Military ID/badge at the box office and receive a FREE premier ticket to the game complete with auction to win our USO Warm-Up Jerseys!
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