BEDFORD, MA -- The Eastern Hockey League put together the fourth and final showcase of the season, this past weekend at the Ice Line Quad Rinks in West Chester, PA.
On Sunday, the Wizards looked to avenge their early season loss to the Philadelphia Revolution. Trent Pitser gave the Wizards the early lead with a goal just 46 seconds into the game. The Revolution responded with 2 goals of their own to take a 2-1 advantage going into the intermission. The Revolution would make it 3-1 lead with a goal just under 5 minutes into the 2nd half. However, Michael Namon answered for the Wizards with 2 clutch power-play goals to tie the game up at 3 goals apiece with 5 minutes remaining. Just over a minute later, Devin Panzeca scored to extend his goal streak to 8 games and gave the Wizards the lead again. Dylan Schuett added an empty-net goal to seal the 5-3 comeback victory. Korbinian Lutz stopped 34 shots for his 13th win of the season.
The squad returned to action the very next day to face-off against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. Schuett got the boys on the board first with a goal in the first 5 minutes of the hockey game. There was back and forth action for the rest of the period as the 2 teams took a 2-2 tie into the break, thanks to another goal from Pitser. After a scoreless 2nd half, the 2 teams went into overtime where the Knights converted on a power-play opportunity to take the extra point and win the game by the final of 3-2. Alec Marshall and Jordan White split time in net, stopping a combined 24 shots in the losing effort. Despite not scoring, Panzeca extended his point streak to 9 games with a pair of assists. After the weekend, the Wizards leading scorer now was 27 goals and 32 assists on the year (59 points). The Wizards as a team finished showcase play with a record of 5-2-1 for the season.
"We would have loved to get all 4 points," said Wizards head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer. "We will of course have to settle for 3, but Kory [Falite] and I are very happy with the way our team played this year in the showcases."
The Wizards will return to action this Wednesday with a game on the road against the New Hampshire Avalanche at 12:00pm. The squad is scheduled to return home this upcoming Friday with a game at the same time against the Walpole Express.