WAZA FLO TOP RISERS, 7-4

by Kathleen Coyne

WAZA FLO TOP RISERS, 7-4

DETROIT, MI - On Saturday evening the Detroit Waza Flo continued their hunt for a M2 playoff berth by beating the Muskegon Risers 7-4 at the Detroit City Fieldhouse.

The visitors scored the lone goal in the opening period off a Scott Doney shot but the Waza Flo took the reigns from there and finished the half with two goals of their own from Ricardo Lopes and Khalid Suleiman to go up two goals to one.

Detroit picked up where they left off capitalizing on Muskegon's mistakes in their back end and quickly netted three goals; two from Saeed Tawil and another from Lopes to go 5-1 up heading into the final 15 minutes of play.

The chippiness that comes when both of these teams play each other continued throughout the match and even more-so in the final frame. The Risers mounted a quick comeback as James Dutcher, Cameron Brandow, and Alexis Mendez brought Muskegone to within a goal, 5-4. After a timeout to regroup, Joey Tinnion found himself on the scoresheet for the Flo to manage the damage and regain a two-goal advantage. Suleiman put the finishing touches on the match, as we have come to expect, via an empty net goal with less than two seconds remaining to secure a 7-4 victory and keep playoff hopes alive in the Motor City.

The Waza Flo now sit just a half game behind the Rochester Lancers for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Division. The two teams face off in the final game of the season on Friday, March 8th in Rochester in what is expected to be the deciding game for playoff positioning. Before then, the Waza Flo must hold serve with two matches against the fourth placed Cincinnati Swerve.

The next match takes place on Saturday, February 23rd when the Swerve host the Flo before returning to Detroit for the final home match of the 2019 season on March 2nd. Make sure to grab your tickets on wazaflo.com and follow us on Facebook to keep up to date on all things Waza Flo.