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By: Meredith Lorraine Ketzler
Your Six-Time Champion Milwaukee Wave’s season comes to an end after losing two games out of the three game series against the Baltimore Blast.

The Wave defeated Baltimore in game two, 8-4, which advanced them to the third game of the series. During this 15 minutes mini-game the Wave ended up falling short and losing to the Blast ending their season. Final score Milwaukee Wave 1, Baltimore Blast 2.

GAME 2 BOXSCORE; click here
GAME 2 GAMESHEET; click here

GAME 3 BOXSCORE; click here
GAME 3 GAMESHEET; click here
REPLAY; click here

Head Coach Giuliano Oliviero on…
 Game 2 and 3 of the Baltimore series…
"I thought we did a great job in game 2 of the series playing start to finish. We played with a lot of energy and heart. The players delivered the game plan perfectly. When you fast forward to the 15 minute mini-game anything can happen. I thought we dominated the mini- game as well. The Baltimore Blast are the defending champs for a reason and they found a way to execute it. You have to give them full credit. We wish them all the best in the championship."

The season as a whole…
"We’ve made a lot of changes to the roster this year and could see the progression the players have made. We really came together as a team and bonded. I am disappointed we aren’t playing in the championship, but I couldn’t be more proud of the players on this team, their ability, and how they came together. They played their hearts out in front of our fans." 

Midfielder, number 26 Ian Bennett on…
The games against Baltimore…
"In the first game we had control of it and let it slip away, but knew we had to come back and play the second game to win it. We did what we had to do in the second game that advanced us to the mini game. In that game we fell short a little bit. I definitely didn’t have my best performance today and I want to apologize to the team. It’s a learning curve. Hopefully we’ll fix it for next year."

The season…
"It’s been a good season. We started off a little slow, but at the end we came together as team and as a family. We had a really good season and honestly were the best team but we just let it slip away. I’m proud of the guys. Everyone stepped up. I just want to reiterate I’m sorry for my performance, but next season we’ll be ready to go."
Giving thanks…
"Thanks to the coaching staff, the fans, the league, and the players. It was an interesting and exciting year, hopefully it continues."

Defender, number 16 Drew Ruggles on…
The games against Baltimore…
"It’s always going to be a good battle when you play Baltimore. We prepared all season for this moment. It was just unfortunate that all the hard work wasn’t enough in the end. You win as a team and lose as a team. Tonight Baltimore had a game plan but couldn’t figure it out in the mini game."

Comments on his hat trick…
"It was really just being in the right place and the right time. We practiced that and it was a good start. It got the guys going and anything I can do to help the team is always satisfying."

“How would you describe the season?”
"It’s been phenomenal! Day 1 if you were to ask me if this is where we would be at the end of the season I would’ve said no. This is a special group of guys. A lot of people doubted us this year, but we kept fighting because we knew what we were capable of and tried to show it on the field. We’ll keep doing it every game no matter the results. This is a great team and I’m glad to be a part of it. We’ll get them next year." ###
MKE Wave 2016-2017 Regular Season Scores / Results:
vs Chicago          4 - 5  L                  Central                Sun. Mar 5        Final

vs Kansas City    7 – 5 W                 Central                Sat Feb 18        Final
vs Cedar Rapids  8 – 2 W                 Central                Sun. Feb 12       Final
at Baltimore         2 - 5 L                   Central / Eastern  Sat, Feb 4        Final
at Syracuse         8 - 6 W                  Central / Eastern  Fri, Feb 3         Final
vs Cedar Rapids  14 – 3 W               Central                 Sun. Jan 29       Final
at St. Louis          5 – 3 W                Central                 Sun. Jan 22       Final
vs Baltimore        7 – 2 W                 Eastern / Central   Sat. Jan 21      Final
at Chicago          10 - 8  W                Central                Sat. Jan 14        Final
vs St. Louis         5 – 3 W                 Central                 Sat. Jan 7         Final
vs Chicago          9 - 4  W                 Central                 Sat. Dec 31      Final
vs Syracuse        3 - 6 L                  Central / Eastern    Sat Dec 17     Final
at Chicago           8 - 11 W                Central                 Sat Dec 10       Final
vs St. Louis         14 – 6 W               Central                 Sat Dec 3         Final
at Cedar Rapids   7 – 5 L                 Central                 Sat Nov 26       Final
vs Kansas City    6 – 5 W                Central                  Sat Nov 19      Final
at Cedar Rapids  5 – 4 L                  Central                  Fri Nov 18       Final OT
at Harrisburg       6 – 5 L                   Eastern / Central  Sat Nov 12     Final OT
at Baltimore         3 – 4 W                 Eastern / Central   Fri Nov 11        Final
at Kansas City    11 – 4 L                 Central                   Fri Nov 4         Final

MKE Wave Post Season Scores / Results:
Milwaukee vs Kansas City  3 - 2 W    Central    Sun Mar 12  Final OT    UWMPA Central Div Gm3
Milwaukee vs Kansas City  7 - 5 W    Central    Sun Mar 12  Final OT    UWMPA Central Div Gm2
Kansas City vs Milwaukee  7 - 6 L     Central    Thu Mar 9    Final Silverstein Eye Centers Arena Gm1

Eastern Conference Finals Game One - Baltimore Blast vs Milwaukee Wave
Baltimore Blast at MKE Wave - Game 2 / Mini Game 3 of MASL Eastern Conference Finals.
Tuesday, March  21st, 6:35pm CT
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