by Jim Fossell

January 9, 2016

All too often this season, the Ambush got off to a great start in games, only to see things slip away in the final quarter.

The same thing happened Saturday night in Milwaukee, as the Ambush (1-9) played great through three quarters, but fell 5-3 to the Wave (9-5).

Cody Costakis gave the Ambush a 1-0 lead at 12:05 of the 1st Quarter with his 1st goal of the season. Rookie defender Dylan Hundelt picked up the assist, which was his 1st professional point.

Milwaukee equalized the game 11:40 into the 2nd Quarter on a goal by Jonathan Greenfield. The game remained tied 1-1 at halftime.

The Ambush started the 3rd Quarter strong by scoring two goals to take a 3-1 lead. Chris Mattingly beat Milwaukee Goalkeeper Nick Vorberg from 60 feet out at 2:41 and then Lucas Almeida finished from in close at 5:54 off of a feed from Odaine Sinclair.

The Wave answered back with two goals of their own to tie the game later in the 3rd Quarter. Greenfield scored his second of the game at 8:18 and Ian Bennett equalized the match at 10:08.

Milwaukee took their first lead of the game at 4:21 of the 4th Quarter when Pablo scored from long range, which proved to be the game-winner.

The Ambush had a great chance late to tie the game. With Vorberg down and out of position, a floated shot was headed towards the back of the net when Wave Defender Tenzin Rampa cleared the ball with a bicycle kick. The ball was in mid air and right on the line when Rampa made a spectacular effort to knock the ball out. Ambush players claimed the entire ball crossed the line, but the referees said no. The MASL does not use “Instant Replay.” However, even the closest camera angle was inconclusive, but it was extremely close.

Bennett added an empty-net goal with 48 seconds remaining in the game to make the final 5-3. He now has 26 goals this season.

The Ambush return home to battle the Syracuse Silver Knights this Friday, January 15th, at 11:05am at the Family Arena.