WALPOLE, MA -- Korbinian Lutz stopped all 29 shots that were sent his way, as the East Coast Wizards shutout the Walpole Express by the score of 2-0 on Wednesday afternoon. With the win, the Wizards improve their record up to 3-1-0 for the season, and they've now won 3 straight games ever since dropping the season opener back on September 14th.
"This was definitely a tight one," said Wizards head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer. "Both goaltenders were exceptional this afternoon, and as we expected this game came down to just a few plays. That's all difference between winning and losing in this league."
The opening frame of this game was rather uneventful, with no scoring from either side, and just a few penalties killed off by each team.
The shots at the end of the 1st period were also tied up at 12 apiece.
Not much changed in the 2nd period, as no one was able to find the back of the net, and each team killed off a pair of power-plays.
The only edge came in shots, as the Wizards owned an 11-7 advantage in the middle frame.
The scoring finally arrived at the 7:44 mark of the 3rd period, as Steve Rizzuto scored his 2nd goal in as many games, giving the Wizards the 1-0 lead. Assists on the Rizzuto tally went to Luke Pepin and Elliot Fletcher.
Despite pressure on each goaltender, the score remained locked at just 1-0 until the final couple minutes of play, when the Wizards added some insurance with an empty-netter from Andrew Harley.
The Wizards controlled a 15-10 edge in shots in the 3rd period, and Lutz was the key star of the game with his 29-save shutout.
Korbinian Lutz ('98) picked up his 1st shutout of the season on Wednesday, stopping all 29 shots the Express sent his way.