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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.
Canadiens Trip Up 73's 3-1 in Grand Opening of Lakeshore New Arena
By: Kevin E. Neels
The Lakeshore Canadiens, formerly of Belle River, withstood the pressure of winning their season opener in front of nearly 1100 fans Friday evening. The pressure being a new name, and a new arena. The game was a defensive battle throughout as neither team recorded many shots on goal, and the quality chances were kept to a minimum.
This was the second straight loss to open the season for the revamped 73's team, and scoring goals seems to be a
difficult task at this early stage.
Lakeshore scored the lone goal in the opening twenty minutes of play as Captain Sebastian Kanally beat Essex goaltender Noah Hedrick at the :38 second mark.
Essex had this game deadlocked after two periods as overager Jordan Ryan found the back of the net on helpers from Daniel Slipchuk and Mark MacPherson.
The home team scored a pair of third period goals to seal the victory in the final half of period three.
Essex returns home Tuesday looking for their first win of the season when the Mooretown Flags come to town.
73's Honour Ron "Soupy" Campbell and Ron "Pee Wee" Prpich
The Essex 73's honoured long-time staff members Ron "Soupy" Campbell and Ron "Pee Wee" Prpich before their season opener Tuesday, Sept. 9th, for their combined years of service and dedication to the Essex 73's organization.
On hand to help with the celebrations, representing the players of the past included Corey Beaulieu, Dylan Solecki, R.J. Hotts, Rob Shepley, Chad Hedrick and Dan Croft. 73's president, Gord Andry, and Precision Jewellers owner, Danny Thomas, presented them both with Bulova, personally inscribed watches.
Soupy was involved with the team since 1987, and Pee Wee was involved since 2001. Between the two of them, they celebrated 11 Great Lakes Junior C championships and 3 OHA Schmalz Cup championships.
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ESSEX 73's TRIVIA QUESTION
Last week's answer was C) Rick Heinz. This week's question: Who did the Essex 73's lose to in the 1985-86 Schmalz Cup semi finals?
A) Norwich Merchants B) Hanover Barons C) Grimsby Peach Kings D) Penetang Kings
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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