BEDFORD, MA -- The East Coast Wizards picked up their first win of the season on Wednesday, as they knocked off the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights by the score of 3-2 in a shootout. Both teams had the lead at least once in the contest, with the Wizards ultimately pulling out a very evenly-matched game.
"That was a fun game," said Wizards head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer. "Both teams battled hard, and I was happy to see our group earn their first win of the season. Now we have to continue to work every day, and build off of this."
The 1st period, was a very back and forth affair, with neither team able to cash in for the majority of the frame. However, the Knights were able to get the only goal of the period, as John Jackson beat Kevin Dacey on a breakaway with just under 3 minutes left to go before the intermission.
The score remained 1-0 going into the break, with the Knights also owning a 15-13 edge in shots.
The middle frame belonged to the Wizards. Both Trent Pitser and Harris Colvin found the back of the net in the 2nd period, as the Wizards shifted momentum in their favor. Patrick Rossetti picked up his first career EHL point (assist) on the goal scored by Pitser, while Isaac Leslie and Luke Pepin grabbed assists on Colvin's tally.
The score remained 2-1 in the Wizards favor, heading into the 3rd period. The 2nd period shots were also led by the Wizards, 11-4.
Similar to the 1st period, there was just a single goal scored in the final frame, and it was the Knights' who scored it once again. Just 8 seconds into the period, Denys Arkhypenko put home a rebound to even the score at 2-2.
Despite chances for both teams, the score remained locked, and overtime was needed. The Knights turned the shots back in their favor with an 11-6 mark in the final frame.
The pattern seemed to continue in overtime, as the Wizards controlled the play throughout the five-minute extra frame. There were a couple grade-A chances that just missed for the Wizards, and despite outshooting the Knights 6-1 in overtime, the 2 teams were forced to use a shootout to decide a winner.
In the shootout, both Leslie and James Nash were able to find the back of the net for the Wizards, while Jackson was the only Knights' player able to score for his team. Kevin Dacey ultimately sealed the victory for this team by stopping Hunter Bersani in the 3rd round of the shootout.
In total, the Wizards outshot the Knights 36-31, and Dacey's 29 saves proved to be the key in his first career EHL win.
Kevin Dacey ('00) stopped 29 of the 31 shots he faced, earning his first career EHL victory.