BEDFORD, MA -- The Wizards dropped both ends of a hard fought home-and-home series with the New Hampshire Avalanche. Despite the losses, the Wizards still find themselves in 3rd place in the Boston Division and 4th place overall in the North Conference with a record of 25-17-2.
"That's a good hockey team," said Wizards head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer. "We of course would have loved to have gotten one over them during the regular season, but we know there's a chance we face them in the playoffs.
On Thursday, Dylan Schuett put the Wizards out in front just under eight minutes into the game to give the Wizards a 1-0 lead. However, the Avalanche would respond with three goals of their own in the 2nd frame to take a 3-1 advantage. The Wizards couldn't find the back of the net in the 3rd period and the Avalanche closed out the two-goal victory. Korbinian Lutz stopped 35 shots between the pipes for the Wizards in the losing effort.
The squad traveled up to the Ice Den Arena the very next day to complete the second leg of the home-and-home series. The Avalanche scored three goals in the last three minutes of the 1st period to take a 3-0 lead into the break. The Wizards would respond with a strong in the 2nd period, outshooting the Avalanche 24-5, and picking up goals from Schuett and Alec Deluca to cut the deficit down to just one. The Avalanche responded with a goal just under three minutes into the final frame to take a two-goal advantage once again. However, Schuett found the back of the net yet again for the Wizards just a few minutes later to cut the lead back down to just one. The Avalanche held off the Wizards for the rest of the game and won by a final of 4-3. With the three-goal weekend, Schuett now has an even 26 goals and 26 assists on the year and has extended his point streak out to 16 games. Devin Panzeca also extended his point streak to 16 games with a three assists and a goal of his own in the two-game series.
The Wizards will look to bounce back this upcoming weekend with a game in Laconia against the New England Wolves on Saturday.