LACONIA, NH -- The East Coast Wizards dropped their season opener at the hands of the New England Wolves, by the score of 5-3. The Wizards came back to tie the score twice, but never once took the lead on Friday afternoon. With the loss the Wizards drop to 0-1-0 on the year, but they will get their chance at revenge when they host the Wolves on Friday, September 21st.
"This was a frustrating way to start the season, but something we can definitely learn from," said Wizards head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer. "In a game like that we feel great tying the score twice, but we have to keep that momentum rolling when we do so. It's only one loss, so now we get a chance to use it as a teaching tool. You need to bring it for 60 minutes in this league."
The Wolves got on the board first, just over 2 minutes into the game while on the power-play. About 5 minutes later, the Wizards evened the score on the man advantage as well, as Tim Usalis found the back of the net. James Nash picked up the assist on Usalis' first EHL goal. The score didn't remain tied for long however, as the Wolves struck once again, just over a minute later.
The margin would remain 2-1 heading into the break, with the shots 14-10 in favor of the Wolves.
The second period was when things began to get a little frustrating for the Wizards, as neither team scored in the middle frame, despite East Coast having multiple chances on the power-play.
Shots in the 2nd were 11-9 in favor of the Wizards.
The scoring would return in the 3rd period, and pick up right where the pattern left off, as the Wizards found the back of the net next. The goal that evened the score came off the stick of Herman Lundback, his first career EHL goal, with Nash picking up another assist.
Following Lundback's tally the Wolves would score 3 of the next 4 goals, and despite a short-handed goal from Isaac Leslie, the final frame belonged to the home team.
The 3rd period shot totals pointed heavily in the Wizards' favor (16-7), but the top star of the game was without a doubt Kristofer Muhr, who made 34 total saves for the Wolves.
Up next for the Wizards will be their home opener, as they host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights on Wednesday at 1:00pm.
Luke Pepin ('99) didn't factor into any of the scoring on Friday, and will be looking to change that in his team's first game at The Edge Sports Center.