For the second straight season, the East Coast Wizards struggled out of the gate.
Combined between this year and last year, the Wizards posted an overall record of 1-10-0 in 11 total games during September.
By Joshua Boyd
However, just like last season, fall arrived and the Wizards turned things around drastically in the month of October.
Last season, the turnaround led to 24 victories. This season, it’s still too early to tell how far the Wizards will go, but the coaching staff is very pleased with their team.
“We have been fortunate to play some good hockey against our divisional rivals this year,” said Wizards head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer.
“It is nice to have a jumpstart on divisional play, but we need to make sure we never let our foot off the gas.”
Matt Letmanski is a player to watch. He has been among the points leaders, and he also started the first couple months with two game winning goals (out of the Wizards’ 11 goals). The forward from Wheaton, Ill., has been a dominant force on the ice so far this year. He has showcased his speed and size, qualities that set him apart.
It didn’t take Letmanski long to display his offensive skill with many scouts making reference to his “Division 1 shot.” This season, he will be looked at very closely by college scouts, since he has yet to make his NCAA commitment.
In net, Korbinian Lutz has turned things around after getting pulled in his first EHL start.
Alternating games with 6-foot-4-inch netminder Jordan White has turned into a recipe for success for the Wizards.
“Last season, we started off the year by alternating between our two goaltenders,” said Meyer. “As the year progressed, we had one netminder solidify himself as the starter. Both Jordan and Korbinian have been rocks for us in net so far this season. They know they are battling each other for time in the net. It shows in the work that they are putting in both on and off the ice.”