BEDFORD, MA -- After a short, 11-day break, the East Coast Wizards return to the ice this afternoon at 12:30 pm. Today's matchup brings the Boston Jr. Rangers to town and kicks-off a final week of the regular season that includes four games over the next seven days. Today's matchup with the Rangers is part of a home-and-home series that wraps-up in Tewksbury on Thursday. Then, on Friday, the Wizards play host to the Seahawks Hockey Club, and on Sunday they travel down to the take on the Walpole Express.
"I would never label this as an easy week, that's for sure," said EHL head coach and general manager Kory Falite. "But if we want to earn home-ice in the First Round, we have to go out and get it. With four games, we can control our own destiny,"
This is the unique time that takes place every hockey season when games sometimes mean more for one team than the other. For the Wizards, who enter the week with a record of 15-18-1, in seven days they will officially know what seed they own heading into the postseason. As we stand currently, seeds #3, #4, #5, and #6 are all a possibility for the Wizards. Of course seeds #3 and #4 are preferred, as those teams will have the home-ice advantage in games #1 and #3 of their First Rounds series against respective seeds #6 and #5.
While the pressure of that hanging over their shoulders will be present throughout the week, Falite knows that it's all about focusing on what's in front of them.
"We are going to score goals and we are going to give up goals this week, that's just the nature of the sport," added Falite. "At the end of the day, my hope is that win or lose, we are playing are best hockey by this time next week, and we'll be ready for the playoffs.
If you can't make it to any of this week's games, be sure to follow the box scores at EasternHockeyLeague.org, and watch every matchup live on HockeyTV.