BEDFORD, MA -- The Wizards took a trip up to Vermont yesterday and came away with a 7-3 victory. With the win, the Wizards move to 25-15-2 on the season and sit in 3rd place in the Boston Division and 4th place overall in the North Conference, with eight games remaining.
"It was nice to get out in front in this one," said Wizards head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer. "It goes without saying how much easier it is to play from ahead, rather than from behind."
Andy Sommerville started the high scoring 1st period with a goal just over four minutes into the game. Trent Pitser then put the Wizards up 2-0 near the 11-minute mark of the opening frame. The goals continued to come for the Wizards as Dylan Schuett scored a short-handed tally with around six minutes left in the period, which was then followed by another goal from Pitser to give the Wizards a 4-0 advantage going into the break. It didn't take very long in the 2nd frame for Schuett to record his second goal of the game to give the Wizards a five-goal lead. The Lumberjacks then responded with a trio of goals of their own within a five-minute span to cut the lead to 5-3 at the halfway point of the contest. Devin Panzeca gave the Wizards some insurance with a goal in the final minute of the frame to extend his point streak out to 14 games. Alec Marshall held the Lumberjacks off the rest of the contest, stopping a total of 31 shots for his eighth win of the season. Panzeca would add an empty-netter at the end of the game to give the Wizards a 7-3 victory. In addition to his two goals, Panzeca also collected a pair of assists in the win giving him a total of 74 points this season, which is good for the 3rd most in the EHL.
The Wizards will continue their busy week with a home-and-home series against the New Hampshire Avalanche. The front end of the two-game set is scheduled for 10:30am at The Edge on Thursday, with the second game set for Noon at the Ice Den Arena on Friday.