BEDFORD, MA -- The Wizards took care of business in the First Round of the EHL Playoffs, earning a two-game sweep over the Vermont Lumberjacks. The boys shutout the New England Division opponent on Wednesday, and then finished off the series yesterday afternoon with a 6-3 win. The Wizards are now scheduled to match-up with either the New Hampshire Avalanche or the Boston Jr. Rangers, in a best-of-three series starting on Thursday, March 15th.
"The boys battled hard in this series," said Wizards head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer. "It was definitely a lot closer then the sweep makes it look, and we are proud of the way our group played. It's now time to carry that over into the Second Round."
In game #1 Chase Davenport scored the first goal of the series, coming near the halfway point of the second frame to give the Wizards a 1-0 lead. Devin Panzeca and Elliot Fletcher added some insurance, each scoring a 3rd period goal to give the Wizards a three-goal advantage. With just 8 seconds remaining on the clock, Brandon Turer added an empty-netter to seal the 4-0 shutout victory. Korbinian Lutz had a strong start to the postseason, turning away all 29 shots that he faced. Both Kevin Stoya and Dylan Schuett collected a pair of assists in the win.
With the 1-0 series advantage, the Wizards returned to The Edge Ice Center on Friday looking for the sweep. It only took around two and a half minutes into the 1st period for Turer to give the Wizards a 1-0 lead. Trent Pitser then converted on the power-play later in the frame, followed by a Matt Letmanski goal to give the Wizards a three-goal advantage at the break. The Lumberjacks would respond with a short-handed tally in the 2nd period, but it was quickly answered on the power-play by Panzeca to make it a 4-1 game. However, the Lumberjacks didn’t throw in the towel, as they responded with two quick 3rd period strikes to cut the Wizards lead down to just one. That would be as close as they would get though, as Pitser added an insurance goal for the Wizards for his second tally of the game with just over three minutes remaining in the contest. Jeremy Vasquez would then put the game out of reach with an empty-net goal in the final minute to seal the 6-3 victory. Lutz stopped 30 more shots in the winning effort. Schuett collected a trio of assists in the win and both Panzeca and Andy Sommerville recorded a pair as well. With the five assists over the two games, Schuett extended his point streak out to 24 straight games.
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