BEDFORD, MA -- The East Coast Wizards won both of their games this past week, picking up victories over the Connecticut Chiefs and the Seahawks Hockey Club. With the pair of wins, the Wizards increased their lead, as they continue to sit in 1st place in their division. The Eastern Hockey League (EHL) standings have a slightly altered look this season, due to the removal of the Lehigh Valley Junior Rebels back in November. With the unbalanced number of the games, the order of the standings is being determined by a points percentage (points earned divided by the total number of possible points). With that being said, at 27-12-1 the Wizards would have a First Round bye if the EHL Playoffs began today.
"We are playing well right now, but we can't get complacent," said Wizards head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer. "The boys know exactly where things stand, and it's nice to control our own destiny here down the stretch."
As Meyer mentioned, the Wizards control their own destiny, as the more games they win, the more likely they will get the First Round bye that they are looking for. It's not going to be an easy task however, starting this week with matchups against the Walpole Express and Connecticut RoughRiders.
Both the RoughRiders and the Seahawks are currently chasing the Wizards in the division, so there is a chance that a with pair of victories this week, plus a little extra help, they team may lock things up in the next few days. But if it comes down to the last week of the season, the Wizards will draw the Boston Junior Rangers on Friday, March 1st, and then host the Seahawks for one final matchup on Saturday, March 2nd.
"All four of our remaining games will be tough," added Meyer. "We've all seen how difficult it is to win in this league, and like I said before, we need to keep our foot on the gas. Simply put, we need to be ready to play from here on out."
If you can't make it to a game, you can catch the action live on HockeyTV. Also, be sure to follow the Wizards on Twitter, for updates throughout the final two weeks of the regular season.
BEDFORD, MA -- The East Coast Wizards will return home this afternoon, in search of their fourth consecutive victory. Today's matchup brings the Seahawks Hockey Club to town, in a huge divisional showdown. Entering the contest, the Wizards own a record of 26-12-1, which gives them a very slight edge over the Seahawks (23-12-4) at the top of the division. With a playoff berth clinched, all the focus for the Wizards now points towards earning a First Round bye. A win today would go a long way towards making that happen.
"We need to get out to a quick start this afternoon," said Wizards head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer. "It goes without saying that playing from ahead is a much better spot to be, but that is especially the case with the Seahawks."
As Meyer mentioned, scoring first is key today, especially because in the season series to date, the Seahawks have scored first in all three matchups. Following today's meeting, the Wizards will host the Seahawks for one final showdown on Saturday, March 2nd.
If you can't make it Bedford for the game, you can catch the action live on HockeyTV. Also, be sure to follow the Wizards on Twitter, for updates throughout today's matchup.
NEWINGTON, CT -- After winning two of their three matchups in Philadelphia this past week, the East Coast Wizards hit the road again, for a meeting with the Connecticut Chiefs. Today's game is the fourth and final matchup of the 2018-19 season, with the Wizards having won each of the first three contests by scores of 5-4, 4-3 (OT), and 6-2. Entering today, the Wizards are in control of 1st place in their division, with a slight lead over both the Seahawks Hockey Club and the Connecticut RoughRiders.
"It's important for our guys to stay focused today and not look ahead," said Wizards head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer. "The second you do that in this league, it comes back to bite you. We know what lies ahead, but first and foremost is today's matchup with the Chiefs."
As Meyer mentioned, it's important for the team to not look ahead, knowing that tomorrow they host the Seahawks in a huge showdown. Following this week, the Wizards still have one more game with the Chiefs, along with a final matchup against the RoughRiders, both of which will be very key towards clinching a First Round bye. However, right now they are going with the one step at a time mentality, starting today against the Chiefs.
If you can't make it Newington for the game, you can catch the action live on HockeyTV. Also, be sure to follow the Wizards on Twitter, for updates throughout today's matchup.
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