Standings

TEAM

GP

W

L

OTL

SOL

PTS

PCT

Essex

7

5

1

1

0

11

0.786

Wheatley

8

5

3

0

0

10

0.625

Blenheim

6

4

2

0

0

8

0.667

Amherstburg

7

4

3

0

0

8

0.571

Dresden

7

4

3

0

0

8

0.571

Lakeshore

5

3

2

0

0

6

0.600

Alvinston

5

2

3

0

0

4

0.400

Mooretown

6

1

4

1

0

3

0.250

Wallaceburg

5

0

4

0

1

1

0.100

Leading Scorers

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
S.Florence WHE 7 4 12 16 14
J.Ciacelli WHE 7 6 3 9 8
D.Liberty DRE 7 4 5 9 0
M.Sobocan AMH 7 3 6 9 8
M.Gangnon AMH 7 5 3 8 10
S.Kanally LKC 5 3 5 8 4
T.Sisson DRE 7 2 6 8 6
J.Brooks AMH 7 2 6 8 12
F.Ciacelli WHE 7 2 6 8 2
SEVERAL TIED AT 7  

73's Dominate Sharks to Regain First Place Lead

By: Kevin E. Neels


The Essex 73's were dominate in all aspects of the hockey game last night in beating the visiting Wheatley Sharks 5-1. If not for the outstanding play of Sharks goaltender Adam Leboeuf the score would have been much more lopsided. Leboeuf faced 51 shots in the losing effort, but gave his team every opportunity to steal two points before Essex put this game out of reach in period three.


Essex outshot Wheatley 41-11 after two periods of play but held a slim one goal lead. Sometimes when this happens it comes back to haunt you as the other team gets the break they need and ends up stealing the two points. Luckily for Essex that did not happen last night Essex scored the lone goal in the opening twenty minutes of play as Daniel Slipchuk grabbed his own rebound and slid the disc behind Leboeuf during a 73's power play.


The Sharks pulled even late in period two with a power play marker of their own off a scramble in front of Essex goalkeeper Colin Lauzon. Two minutes later Eric Shaw took a perfect feed from rookie Drew Hull and his backhand beat Leboeuf to put the 73's in front for good.

 

Period three was Essex' least dominate period, but as one fan had commented during the intermission, "If Essex keeps at it, sooner or later the shots will find the back of the net." This statement was dead on as the 73's fired 10 pucks at the Sharks cage in period three and 3 of them found the back of the net. Captain Scott Bromley scored his first of the season as his wrist shot beat Leboeuf to the far side. Less than twenty ticks later another defenseman Nick Mainella found his mark to bump the lead to 4-1. Recent returnee Phil Janikowski completed the scoring mid period.

 

Goaltender Colin Lauzon said, "This team is jelling early. We have no individuals on this team, and we have very good team systems. To top it off the veterans in the dressing room are doing a great job of bringing this team together."

 

Recently signed Drew Hull who hails from Flat Rock Michigan had this to say, "The atmosphere in that dressing room is amazing." Hull, who played "A" hockey in Michigan last season said, "The comparison between the level of hockey from last year to this year is quite different. Over here everyone takes their hockey serious, and the competition level is much higher here."


The 73's hit the road on Saturday with a game in Mooretown, before returning home Tuesday to host the Lakeshore Canadiens at 7:00 pm.

 

NOTES: Dan Mainella, Anthony Cristofaro and Patrick Cuffaro were the healthy scratches...

Hedrick Slams Door on Blades For Second Straight Shutout

Essex vice president Dick Pluimers (right) presents the McCracken family with a cheque from the 73's fans in the amount of $750. Jessica McCracken was involved in an accidient earlier this year in Alberta with a Moose and suffered a traumatic head injury.

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.

 

Game Summary

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

pm.

 

Game Summary

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.

 

Game Summary

Go to Pointstreak for complete standings, schedule and statistics.

ESSEX 73's TRIVIA QUESTION

Last week's answer was Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. This week's question: Which former Essex 73's player once played professional football with the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League?

 

A) Ed Phillion   B) Pete Corbett   C) Pete Chevalier   D) Mike Roach

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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.

 

Rules:

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

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