BEDFORD, MA -- The Wizards' season came to an end last week after losing a pair of one-goal games to the eventual EHL Champions, the New Hampshire Avalanche. The squad fell in overtime in Game #1 at the Ice Den Arena and had their comeback fall just short in Game #2 at The Edge Sports Center. Despite being eliminated from the playoffs in the Second Round, the Wizards set a franchise record for total wins this season as they finished with an overall record of 31-19-4.
"This was a special group," said Wizards head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer. "They developed and got better as the season went on. Of course we all would have loved to make it to Providence and the EHL Frozen Finals, but we are proud of what we accomplished."
Devin Panzeca led the Wizards with 99 total points this year, counting both the regular season and the playoffs. The '97 also received EHL MVP honors, becoming the first player in Wizards' history to win the award. His linemate, Dylan Schuett, also collected an award as he took home the EHL Rookie of the Year honor. The 2000 recorded 64 points in the regular season, along with four assists in the playoffs. Schuett set a new #Eshow record as his 24-game point streak stretched from the regular season, and into the Second Round of the EHL Playoffs. Korbinian Lutz led his team in wins between the pipes this season with 18 to his name, and he also racked up a stellar 66 saves in the Game #1 overtime loss to the Avalanche.
The Wizards organization will take a well deserved summer off and will get back on the ice with a new look team this Fall, as 9 of the Wizards players on this season's team will age out of junior hockey.
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