BEDFORD, MA -- The Wizards headed down to Connecticut this past Saturday for a game against the Connecticut Roughriders. Despite out shooting the Roughriders 33-18, the Wizards fell by a score of 5-4. However, with the loss the Wizards didn't move anywhere in the standings as they currently sit in 3rd place in the Boston Division with record of 20-14-0.
"After falling behind, Kory [Falite] and I were happy with the way our guys battled back," said Wizards head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer. "Of course the final outcome was not what we had hoped for, but we're definitely getting better each night as a team."
The Wizards were playing from behind for most of Saturday's game as the Roughriders got out to an early 2-0 lead. Devin Panzeca responded for the Wizards with a goal at the end of the fist period to cut the lead in half. The Roughriders came back with the next 2 goals in the 2nd frame, but Panzeca scored again to make it a 4-2 deficit heading into the 3rd.
The Wizards came out flying in the third period, outshooting the Roughriders 18-4 in the frame. Trent Pitser made it a one-goal game with a goal just over 6 minutes into the period. However, the Roughriders responded with a goal of their own a few minutes later. Despite a late tally from Panzeca, the Wizards fell to the Central Division opponent by a score of 5-4. Dylan Schuett collected 3 assists in the losing effort, giving him a total of 20 now on the season. Along with his 12 goals, Schuett is second on the Wizards in points with 32.
The Wizards will hit the ice on Tuesday at home against the Valley Jr. Warriors, before heading down to Pennsylvania for the January Showcase.