BEDFORD, MA -- The East Coast Wizards picked up their second win of the season on Friday, as they knocked off the New England Wolves by the score of 6-3. The Wizards came flying out of the gate, and carried a 4-1 lead with them into the first intermission. The Wolves began to make a comeback effort, but that was quickly squashed by the home team, extending the Wizards winning streak to 2 games.
"I was very happy with the way we played in the 1st and 3rd periods," said Wizards head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer. "We clearly took our foot off the gas a little bit in the 2nd, and that almost came back to get us. Our group is definitely still learning and developing, and one key lesson from today's game is that you can never let up."
The Wizards were hot right from the get-go in this one, scoring four goals in the opening 20 minutes. Isaac Leslie, Carter Elrod, Steve Rizzuto, and Harris Colvin picked up the goals for the Wizards, to go along with a number of assists across the lineup. Along with the advantage on the scoreboard, the Wizards also held a 16-3 lead in shots.
As Meyer mentioned, for as well as the 1st period went, the 2nd period was the total opposite. The Wolves tallied both goals of the period, and carried the play for much of the frame as well. A 16-5 edge in shots for the Wolves, truly evened the play on the ice.
However the pattern shifted back in the Wizards favor, as they capitalized on the Wolves undisciplined play with a pair of power-play goals. At the end of the game, the Wizards held a 3 for 11 mark on the man-advantage and outshot the Wolves 38-24. Between the pipes, Shea Grant earned his first EHL victory.
Next up for the Wizards is a matchup with the Walpole Express at Rodman Arena. The Wizards will play their next three games in Walpole, as the first showcase of the season is set to take place there next Sunday and Monday.
Steve Rizzuto ('00) scored his first career EHL goal, just over 13 minutes into the game.