BEDFORD, MA -- The Wizards won their first home game of 2018 this past Tuesday against the Valley Jr. Warriors. With the win, the Wizards moved to 21-14-0 on the season, and are now just 9 points behind the 2nd place Walpole Express.
"This was a unique game against the Warriors," said Wizards head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer. "We battled our way through some adversity during the game, and we're happy that we came away with a victory."
The Wizards fell behind on the scoreboard early as the Warriors took a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal in the first 2 minutes of the contest. However, Andy Somerville recorded his 5th goal of the season to tie up the game at 1 goal apiece near the end of the frame. Both Brandon Turer and Devin Panzeca scored power-play goals in the 2nd period to give the Wizards a 3-2 lead going into the final frame. With the goal, Panzeca’s goal streak has now stretched out to 7 games as the forward has collected 17 points over the streak.
The power-play units were working well for Wizards in the game as Dylan Schuett scored yet another power-play goal just under 12 minutes into the final period. The Warriors would cut the lead down to 4-3, but the comeback fell short as Schuett added an empty-net goal in the final minute to preserve the 5-3 win. Panzeca collected a pair of assists on both of Schuett's goals in the period as well. Alec Marshall was solid in net for the Wizards stopping 23 shots in the win.