BEDFORD, MA -- The Wizards finished off the regular season this weekend by winning both games of a home-and-home series with the New England Wolves. With the wins, the Wizards finished the year with a record of 29-18-3 and have already clinched home ice advantage for the First Round of the EHL Playoffs against the Vermont Lumberjacks.
"We are heading into the postseason with more momentum this season," said Wizards head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer. "Last year we lost 3 of our final 4 games, and this year we did the exact opposite. We have high hopes as we enter the playoffs, and the team is feeling playing with confidence."
On Friday, the Wizards hosted the Wolves in Bedford for their last regular season home game of the year. Devin Panzeca got the Wizards on the board first just past the five-minute mark of the 1st period. Dylan Schuett tacked on two more goals at the beginning of the 2nd frame to give the boys a 3-0 lead. The Wolves would get a goal back near the end of the period to cut the deficit down to two goals at the break. Schuett completed his hat-trick near the 11-minute mark of the 3rd frame and Jeremy Vasquez added an empty-net goal in the final minute to give the Wizards a 5-1 victory. Panzeca collected three assists in the win while the recent Milwaukee School of Engineering commit, Brandon Turer, recorded a pair of helpers as well. Korbinian Lutz stopped 26 shots in the winning effort for his 16th win of the season.
Shifting gears to Saturday, the Wizards headed up to Laconia for their final regular season game. The Wolves led 1-0 after the 1st period, but it only took 49 seconds into the 2nd frame for Schuett to tie the game up at one apiece. With the goal, Schuett extended his point streak out to a league-record 22 games. The Wolves took the lead back early in the 3rd period, but Panzeca answered a few minutes later with a short-handed goal to knot up the game at two goals apiece. Alec Deluca gave the Wizards the lead around the 10-minute mark of the frame with his 7th goal of the season. Panacea then added an empty-netter in the final minute to seal a 4-2 victory. Alec Marshall recorded his 10th win of the season for the Wizards, stopping 28 of 30 total shots
The Wizards will start the First Round of the EHL Playoffs this upcoming Wednesday in Bedford at 1:00pm.