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Hedrick Slams Door on Blades For Second Straight Shutout
By: Kevin E. Neels
Rookie goaltender Noah Hedrick continues to sparkle in net for the Essex 73's Tuesday evening recording his second consecutive shutout to back stop Essex to a 4-0 win over the Blenheim Blades. Hedrick stopped all 22 shots that came his way.
After the win Hedrick said, "It wasn't all me, it was a team effort and hopefully we can keep this going."
After a bit of a slow start to open the game the first period was a well played period of hockey from both clubs with some quality chances at both ends of the ice. Essex managed to score the lone goal late in the period as Daniel McIntyre set up a wide open Daniel Slipchuck for an easy tap in.
Period two was a good period of hockey as well with the 73's holding the territorial advantage for the most part. The home team upped the lead with another late effort. Matthew Hebert did all the work with his hustle and created a 2 on 1, and Tyler Scott finished it with a pretty goal.
Essex took control in period three with a dominating effort and put this game away in the process adding another pair of unanswered markers. Rookie Anthony Cristofaro scored his first of the season before veteran Jordan Ryan with a wrap around completed the scoring.
Cristofaro said, "A big reason why I signed here was that my schooling was just as important to the 73's as it was to me, as well as the fact that I have heard that the way the players are treated here is second to none. It has taken a few games to get things going, but I think this team is bonding very well for the number of newcomers that we have. I am looking forward to a good year."
Essex is idle until next Tuesday when they host the Wheatley Sharks at 7:00 pm.
73's Score Five Power Play Goals to Drown Sharks 8-1
By: Kevin E. Neels
The Essex 73's finally put up some big offensive numbers Saturday evening with a one sided 8-1 rout of the Wheatley Sharks. Essex literally drowned Wheatley with their potent power play scoring 5 times out of 6 man power advantages.
Essex had eight players with multiple point games and were lead by Jordan Ryan, Tyler Turner, and recently signed Drew Hull, as all three had 3 points apiece.
The 73's lead 3-0 after the opening twenty minutes of play as Jordan Ryan opened the scoring. Essex struck for a pair of power play markers 20 seconds apart in the final ten minutes of play as Turner notched his first of the game, and defenseman Mark MacPherson added his first as a 73.
The Sharks scored their lone goal mid second period before Essex added another pair late in the period for a 5-1 lead heading into period three. Drew Hull and Scott Bromley were the goal scorers.
The locals put this game out of reach in the final frame scoring three more unanswered goals. Daniel McIntyre, Turner with number two on the night, and Tyler Scott with a single completed the rout. Colin Lauzon picked up the win stopping 28 of 29 shots faced.
Essex will return home Tuesday when they host the a tough Blenheim Blades team at 7:00
Rookies Mainella and Hedrick Lead 73's to Road Shutout Over Lakers
By: Kevin E. Neels
Rookie defenseman Nick Mainella scored a pair of goals in the third period and goaltender Noah Hedrick stopped all 29 shots he faced to pace the 73's to a 4-0 road win in Wallaceburg.
This was Essex' second win in as many nights after opening the season with a pair of losses.
Neither team could beat the goaltenders in the opening twenty minutes of play, but Essex would score all they would need in the middle period in claim the victory.
Eric Shaw scored his second game winning goal in as many nights when he beat Lakers net minder Joel Sowinski at the 2:17 mark. Tyler Scott notched his first of the season later in period two.
Period three was all Mainella and Hedrick as Mainella notched his second and third goals in a 73 uniform and Hedrick shut the door to preserve the shutout.
Essex will be on the road once again this weekend as they invade the Shark tank on Saturday
evening to face-off against Wheatley.
Essex Gets On The Winning Track With 3-2 Home-Ice Win Over Mooretown
By: Kevin E. Neels
It wasn't easy Tuesday, but the Essex 73's grabbed their first win of the new season downing the visiting Mooretown Flags 3-2. Once again the locals had trouble finishing around the net and have scored a mere 6 goals in their three games to date.
The visitors grabbed an early lead just past the one minute mark of the opening period, and it stayed that way for some time before Essex struck for a pair of goals four minutes apart in the final ten minutes of play in the opening period.
Daniel McIntyre cashed in on a power play before rookie defenseman Nick Mainella, notched his first goal as a 73 to give the home team the lead. This would be all the scoring in the first period.
The visitors pulled even once again early in the middle frame, but exactly two minutes later Eric Shaw scored for what turned out to be the winning goal for the 73's.
Period three was scoreless as Essex held on for the win. Colin Lauzon earned the victory between the pipes.
Essex has little time to savour win number one however as they hit the road Wednesday travelling to Wallaceburg.
Go to Pointstreak for complete standings, schedule and statistics.
ESSEX 73's TRIVIA QUESTION
Last week's answer was Norwhich Merchants. This week's question: What OHL team drafted first-year 73's defenceman Nick Mainella in the 9th round, 177th overall this past year?
A) London Knights B) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds C) Sudbury Wolves D) Windsor Spitfires
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Deadline: Sunday 11:59pm Sunday before next Essex 73's home game.
This week's winner receives two (2) tickets to the next Essex 73's home game.
1) Select your choice
2) If your choice is correct, and you are the only person to answer the question correctly, you are the winner
3) Tie breaker determined by draw. Example two or more correct answers, all will be entered into a draw and first person's name pulled is the winner
4) Winning prize will be available for pickup at Essex 73's box office the night of next home game
5) You can enter as many times as you want providing you use a unique and valid email address
6) You can only win once in a given month
7) Valid ID required to claim prize
8) Prize has no cash value and can not be exchnaged or refunded
9) Executive members and volunteers of the Essex 73's are ineligible