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Flyers Trip Up Essex 3-2; Hault 73's Win Streak at Nine Games
POINTSTREAK: The game between the Alvinston Flyers and the Essex 73s was tight through all 60 minutes, but in the end Alvinston emerged with a 3-2 win.
Neither team gained more than a one-goal lead, and Kole Keating's goal in the third period proved to be the difference maker.
Josh Moore had a great game for the Flyers, netting two goals. Moore scored at 6:23 into the second period to make the score 1-0 Alvinston and again while 11:23 into the third to make the score 2-2.
Alvinston pulled out the victory even though it was hit with 35 penalty minutes.
Referees had their hands full with a major incident at 11:32 into the first period. Four fighting penalties were dished out along with two game misconducts.
The Flyers excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in six chances. Essex was unable to stop Alvinston from sending pucks towards the net, and the Flyers eventually piled up 31 shots on goal.
In addition, Alvinston received assists from Dylan Ryan, Hunter Bryce, Joe Archer, Karsten Berg, Zach VanEyk, and Jordan Hayes, who each chipped in one.
The 73s racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with six minors and one major for 27 minutes in penalty time. Essex had been averaging 19.0 minutes in penalties per game. The 73s did not reach the goal total they have come to expect this season. Essex puts an average of 5.0 pucks into the net per game. The 73s' offense rang up 37 shots on Alvinston's net.
Essex was helped by Daniel McIntyre, who finished with one goal. McIntyre scored 9:14 into the third period to make the score 2-1 Essex. Matthew Rosati picked up the assist. Eric Shaw also scored for Essex. Other players who recorded assists for Essex were Tyler Scott, Scott Bromley, and Drew Hull, who contributed one each.
Brett Avery made 35 saves for the Flyers on 37 shots. Alvinston registered zero goals on one power play opportunities. The Flyers ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Jeremy VanDeven was ejected from the game. Colin Lauzon recorded 28 saves for the 73s. For Essex, Nick Mainella was ejected from the game.
Huge game by Janikowski boosts Essex over Dresden, 6-2
POINTSTREAK: Phil Janikowski had two goals and one assist to lead the Essex 73s to a 6-2 victory over the Dresden Kings. Janikowski scored at 6:43 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Essex and again while 13:24 into the first to make the score 4-0 Essex.
Referees had their hands full with a major incident at 3:57 into the second period. Four fighting penalties were dished out along with two game misconducts.
Essex's penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled seven minors and one major for 29 minutes in penalty time. The 73s had been averaging 19.0 minutes in penalties per game. Essex forced Dresden's goaltenders to work in net, taking 45 shots and forcing 39 saves. Braden Palocz made seven stops and Scott Tricker made 32.
Essex additionally got points from Tyler Turner, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Essex included Matthew Rosati, Jordan Ryan, and Daniel Slipchuk, who each put in one. In addition, Essex received assists from Eric Shaw, who had two, William Stadder, who had three, and Matt Zelko, Tyler Scott, Patrick Cuffaro, and Daniel McIntyre, who each chipped in one.
The Kings were often in penalty trouble, totaling eight minors and one major for 21 minutes in penalty time. Dresden surpassed its season average of 19.0 penalty minutes per game. The Kings did not challenge the opposing netminder, only getting 11 shots on net to force nine saves.
Dresden was led by Macks Holmes, who registered two goals. Holmes scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 8:39 into the second period to make the score 5-1 Essex. The Kings had taken the advantage when the 73s' Zelko got sent off for interference. Taylor Sisson assisted on the tally. Holmes' next tally on the power play made the score 6-2 Essex with 19:12 left in the third period. Dillon Liberty provided the assist. Other players who recorded assists for Dresden were Kevin Ritzer, who had one.
Essex's Noah Hedrick stopped nine shots out of the 11 that he faced. The 73s registered three goals on six power play opportunities. Essex ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Dallas Pereira was ejected from the game. Dresden registered two goals on eight power play opportunities. For the Kings, Graham Smyth was ejected from the game.
73's Keep On Rolling, Beat Blades 5-1
By: Garrett Fodor
Coming into Tuesday's action against the Blenheim Blades, Essex has been on a roll, to say the least. The 73's last regulation loss came back on September 12, which was their second game of the season.
Meanwhile Blenheim came into Tuesday looking to rebound after a blowout loss to Wheatley on home ice Sunday.
Despite having a short bench of only 14 skaters at puck drop the Blades came out strong and didn't hold anything back in their effort. After several dump and chase plays and attempted offensive opportunities coming from both teams it was Essex that hit the score sheet first on what turned out to be a unique goal.
After several passing attempts that found nothing but empty lanes, Tyler Turner found a shooting lane and didn't hesitate to take it, despite Blenheim goaltender Eric Stewardson making the save. A rebound was created on this shot and the puck found its way to Eric Shaw, who was positioned directly in front of Stewardson, and was able to cap off the power play with a quick wrist shot.
Just a few minutes later, another strange and uncanny sequence unfolded. After a well placed shot on Essex' goalie Colin Lauzon, the 73's were unable to find the rebound amongst the sea of bodies, and eventually the puck ended up behind Lauzon to even the score.
Despite the deadlocked score Essex out played the Blades, but had trouble finishing. Shots favoured Essex 13-4.
The Blades came out of the dressing room revitalized for period two, and were quick to find the puck and begin to try and create some magic, however Essex was not afraid to play the defensive side of the game, and throw their weight around. As a result, the quality and quantity of shots that actually made its way to Lauzon were minimal, and allowed the 73's to keep the game deadlocked, and actually regain the lead on a Phil Janikowski bullet from the circle. Shots were 10-9 in favour of the visitors in period two.
The third period is where Essex' offense kicked into high gear as the Blades were finally showing that fatigue was setting in. The 73's first goal in period three came on a 2 on 1 short handed opportunity with Tyler Scott setting up Matthew Hebert for a pretty goal. No less than four minutes later, another puck wound up behind Stewardson, this time off the stick of Daniel Slipchuk, who was waiting on the doorstep to jump on a big rebound. The goal was Slipchuk's 7th of the season, coming on his 21st birthday. The night ended with Tyler Turner and Michael Vieira picking up their third points on the night, as Turner cashed in on yet another rebound. With Essex scoring 62% of their goals in the final 10 minutes of a period, and 35% of their goals coming in the final period, this was just another typical game for the 73's.
"It felt great to have a performance like that tonight. I had two good line mates in Tyler Scott, and Eric Shaw, and they made it easy for me. It was also good to see Slipper score on his birthday, and celebrate in style," said Turner. "Our style of play tends to wear down our opponents, and with 35% of our offense coming in the third period, I think this statistic proves that."
Nine different players wound up with points Tuesday. Besides Vieira, and Turner with three apiece, singles were added by, Nick Mainella, Anthony Cristofaro, Eric Shaw, Tyler Scott, Scott Bromley, and Daniel Slipchuk.
Essex has no rest period as they will be in Dresden Wednesday night for a 7:30 game start.
Essex Holds Off Lakeshore to Preserve Shutout Streak
By: Garrett Fodor
On Friday night Essex travelled to the Atlas Tube Centre to take on their rivals, the Lakeshore Canadiens. The 73's were looking to grab lead in the season series while the Canadiens were looking to gain some ground on the front running 73's.
With the history and competitiveness of these two clubs, this tilt promised to be chippy, and it did not disappoint for those that were expecting it. The game began with both clubs struggling to maintain possession of the puck due to the poor ice conditions, which had the puck bouncing all over the place. As a result both teams had to compensate by playing more of a defensive style of game which resulted in a low number of quality chances to score. While Lakeshore out shot Essex 13-8 in the opening period it was Essex who cashed in on one of their few chances. While killing a late period penalty to team mate Eric Shaw, Tyler Scott blocked a point shot enabling himself to waltz in all alone on Canadiens goal keeper John Jeffries. Scott beat Jeffries with a quick snap shot with 0.1 ticks remaining on the clock to give Essex the 1-0 lead.
Lakeshore came out stronger in period two after the last second heart breaker of the opening period. The home team created several opportunities on the power play in period two but could not beat Essex net minder Noah Hedrick. The chippiness picked up in period two as well with 6 of the games 13 penalties being handed out. Both teams offense was quiet once again due to the crazy bouncing puck. Shots in period two favoured the visitors by a 9-5 count.
The third and final frame saw Lakeshore take another charge at beating Hedrick, which forced Essex to be strong in their own zone, and, to stay out of the penalty box. The 73's defence played well in their own zone and blocked several shots to limit the number of pucks getting through to Hedrick. When push came to shove Essex did not back down. The harder the Canadiens pushed Essex toughened up and in fact created a few great opportunities to increase their lead. Despite both teams efforts there was no scoring in the third period as Essex held on for a 1-0 victory. Lakeshore had 12 shots in period three for a game total of 30 while Essex had 6 shots for a game total of 23.
"The game was very intense, especially playing our biggest rivals, holding a slim one goal lead late in the game. I had to stay focused and make some key saves, and the boys in front of me also came up big in blocking a number of shots," Hedrick commented. "The ice was not great tonight, and it was actually difficult to slide across at times. Lakeshore is an aggressive team and were trying hard to get me off my game, but I hung in there. In the end we got the "W", and we are happy to take it and run," Hedrick commented.
73's Extend Win Streak to Six With Rout Over Mooretown
By: Garrett Fodor
Tuesday night the Essex 73's looked to continue their fierce play on home ice as they hosted the Mooretown Flags. Coming into the game Essex was outshooting their opponents 215 - 110 on home ice while averaging 5.8 goals per game. There is no other way to sum up Essex' play with those numbers, and with Eric Shaw returning to the 73's after a brief stint with the Leamington Flyers, it would be expected that these numbers would rise.
Essex was quick to get the offense rolling against their opponents when Jordan Ryan went through four opposing players to cap off a spectacular play with a goal at the 10:46 mark of the first. No less than 36 seconds later Tyler Scott found yet another hole in the Flags defense as he alluded a number of players as well with several slick moves and finished with another pretty goal. Anthony Cristofaro ended the first period with a tally of his own. Essex dictated the play the entire period out shooting Mooretown 16 - 6, which ended Flags starting goaltender Brandon Johnson's evening.
It didn't take long for Essex to break in Johnson's replacement Riley Collins as Daniel Slipchuk finished off a pass from Patrick Cuffaro with a power play tally early in period two. It was at this point that Essex`offense began to explode, keeping Mooretown deep in their own end zone and forcing a number of icing calls. Matt Zelko capitalized on a tired Flags shift drilling home a slap shot five and a half minutes into the period. The other Matt, Matthew
Hebert also found the back of the net when he snapped a shot five hole to extend the lead to 6. Mark MacPherson finished off the second period scoring as his screened point shot found the back of the cage. Shots in period two favoured the 73`s by a 17 - 7 count.
Essex came out of the dressing room for period three and picked up where they left off the previous period controlling the play with their strong offensive presence. As the 73`s continued to push it forced the Flags to make some questionable play choices which led to Daniel Slipchuk finishing off a Dan Mainella pass. The Flags costly little mistakes mounted which led to another Essex power play. The 73`s power play at home has a 21% success rate
this season which spells trouble for their opponents. It did not take long for the power play unit to capitalize as William Stadder cashed in after some excellent cycling of the puck making the final score 9-0 Essex. Essex ended up firing 54 pucks at the Mooretown goaltenders while the Flags managed just 20 on Essex` Colin Lauzon. Lauzon picked up his second consecutive shutout, with his biggest save coming mid third period when he stopped a 2 on 0 breakaway after the two 73`s defenseman collided at the Mooretown blueline.
The offense had 13 different players contributing which included William Stadder, Matt Zelko, Tyler Scott, Matthew Hebert, Phil Janikowski, Mark MacPherson, Patrick Cuffaro, Dan Mainella, and, Dallas Pereira all with single points. Anthony Cristofaro, Eric Shaw, Tyler Turner, and Daniel Slipchuk had had two point efforts, while Jordan Ryan led the way with a three point night.
Eric Shaw credited his recent experience with the Flyers for his success Tuesday, "I think getting called up and playing the quicker game in Leamington really helped me, as well as the bigger ice surface. I think it helped me see the game better and slow it down some," commented Shaw. "I think we just need to stick to our game plan and continue to do the little things right we will be fine. We have been having a lot of success lately by doing that."
Essex` next game is this Friday when they face-off against the Lakeshore Canadiens with the puck scheduled to drop at 7:05pm.
Rookie 16-year old Nick Mainella Named #2 on Windsor-Essex Top Prospects List
By: Joe Garon
The Essex 73's are off to a great start this season, currently pearched atop the Great Lakes League standings with 28 of a possible 32 points earned thus far. With a large turnover of players this season, one of the biggest concerns the club faced was at the defence position. Just 16 games into the season it appears the defence, in fact, is the least of their concerns.
With just two remaining veterans on the back end - Matthew Rosati and Scott Bromley - the 73's staff was forced to entertain the thought of adding more younger players. Enter Nick Mainella.
Mainella, the younger brother of sophomore tough-guy Dan Mainella, has stepped in and has produced both offensively and defensively. He has six goals and 10 points in 15 games. Most of his goals coming from end-to-end rushes. A beauty to watch.
Selected by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the 9th round, 177th overall in 2014, Mainella is likely to make the jump to the OHL next year.
The slick-skating, Tecumseh, ON resident was an honourable mention in the previous release, but his strong play has landed him at #2 on the Windsor-Essex Top Prospects List.
Windsor/Essex Top 10 Prospects
*Graduation: Age (19) and/or 10 OHL/NCAA GP
*Minor Midget players will not be eligible until following the OHL Draft
1. Eric Henderson, London Knights/Leamington Flyers
2. Nick Mainella, Essex 73's
3. Alex Friesen, Leamington Flyers
3. Brett Markham, Toronto Patriots
4. Tyler Wall, Windsor Midget AAA
5. Manny Silverio, LaSalle Vipers
6. Brett Primeau, LaSalle Vipers
7. Brett Banwell, Amherstburg Admirals
8. Connor Matton, Windsor Midget AAA
9. Eli Billing, LaSalle Vipers
10. Kyler Carter, LaSalle Vipers
Honourable mentions went to 73's goaltenders, Noah Hedrick and Colin Lauzon, as well as William Stadder and Matt Zelko.
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73's Continue to Roll With 6-1 Win on Home Ice
By: Garrett Fodor
Coming into Tuesday Essex was looking to improve on their 12-1-1-1 record. Heading into the contest Essex was on a 120:06 shutout streak backstopped by their two goaltenders with a collective .929 save percentage and a remarkable 0.56 goals against average over the last five games.
Essex began the game with strong puck control, which started off with a William Stadder opening face-off win. Shortly after Essex went up 1-0 with Dallas Pereira capitalizing on an errant pass to open the scoring 1:31 into the game.
"Face-offs are an important part of the game, with so much relying on them. If you don't win them, you have to adjust, and play defensively, but when you win the face-off, you can make things happen offensively. I enjoy being a centre man, and can contribute when I can, " Stadder commented.
The first period ended with Essex adding another score, coming from Michael Vieira at 16:10. Although Essex out shot Alvinston 10-3 the game was drastically different than the shots would indicate, as it was a back and forth game for the most part.
Similar to the first period, it didn't take long for someone to find the back of the net as Jordan Ryan finished off a cycle play at the :54 second mark. Alvinston answered at 7:57 with a shorthanded breakaway tally ending Essex' shutout streak. It did not take long for Essex to respond however as just 41 ticks later Ryan buried his second of the night on the power play. Closing out the second period, Scott Bromley wired home a snapshot from the side boards to make it 5-1 after two periods with Essex again holding a wide margin in shots at 18-7.
The similarities ended in period three, with the third period being much different than the previous two. The two teams were playing a strong two way game while limiting the scoring chances, and with very few whistles. The Flyers matched the 73's play for much of the third but they couldn't hold Essex defensively. Daniel Slipchuk put home a rebound off a Tyler Scott shot while on another power play to round out the scoring. Shots were much closer in the final period with the home team holding a slight 12-9 advantage.
Putting up points for Essex were Nick Mainella, Scott Bromley, Dallas Pereira, Drew Hull, and Michael Vieira with singles, while Tyler Scott, William Stadder, and Daniel Slipchuk added two points apiece. Rounding out the scoring were Matt Zelko and Jordan Ryan with three points each. William Stadder now has eleven points in his last eight contests.
"I'm just trying to position myself in front of the net where I have the opportunity to bury a shot. The line has been clicking real well and our systems have been working so we are trying to keep things going. We seem to know where each other are on the ice and are connecting right now. It always helps when you are playing with good players, "Stadder said.
73's Pound Lakers on Strength of Ryan's 4-goal Game
By: Garrett Fodor
On Tuesday night your Essex 73's hosted the Wallaceburg Lakers. Winning eleven of their past twelve games Essex looked to continue their consistent play with another big "W". With a barn filled with 675 fans they were already off to a good start before the puck even dropped.
Once the puck dropped the game was back and forth like a ping pong contest with both teams distributing the puck well and breaking out of their own zone for creating several offensive rushes. Essex' great foot speed meant trouble for the visitors as Wallaceburg drew three penalties in a span of five minutes, and it didn't take long for Essex to capitalize on the power play as Matt Zelko unleashed a slap shot from the blue line at the 13:18 mark of the opening period for his first goal of the season.
"It felt good to finally get the monkey off my back, hopefully this was the first of many more to come. Moving forward, I don't plan on changing anything. I am going to try and stay solid defensively, and still contribute offensively when possible," added Zelko.
Still in the first period, after Essex took a too many men on the ice penalty, Jordan Ryan capitalized on a Wallaceburg turnover in the defensive zone and finished off the period with a shorthanded tally at 19:30. Essex outshot the visitors 16-2 in that opening period.
The second period was much the same with Essex dictating the play early and often, with Tyler Scott finishing off a shorthanded two on one with Matthew Hebert. This was followed up by another pair of goals from Jordan Ryan, the first coming on a breakaway caused by a great fore check and solo effort. Ryan's third of the game came in the dying seconds of the period off a strong another strong forechecking effort from the entire line. Shots favoured the 73's in period two as well, this time by a count of 18-7.
Entering the third period of the game, the mood and tempo of the game changed dramatically. Both sides became noticeably chippy and scrappy, to say the least, with the focal point taking place four minutes in when the Lakers' Jackson Gray laid a dangerous head check on Essex' Matthew Rosati, which left Rosati laying motionless for several minutes, before finally skating off under his own power.
With Essex already up 5-0, seeing one of their own get banged up did not seem to affect the club any, in fact it may have inspired them a bit more. Essex added another two goals, the first coming off the stick of Jordan Ryan for his fourth goal on the night, and Phil Janikowski completing the scoring taking an across the crease pass from William Stadder, making the final score 7-0.
Colin Lauzon picked up his first shutout of the season stopping all 14 shots he faced. Ryan lead the charge with 4 points, while William Stadder, Phil Janikowski, and Scott Bromley each put up two points on the night with single points added by, Matthew Rosati, Matt Zelko, Matthew Hebert, Drew Hull, Michael Vieira, Tyler Scott, and "AP" Josh Pope-Ferguson. Final shots on net heavily favoured Essex 47-14.
Essex' win can be credited to many things, but near the top of that list would be their special teams play, which picked up 4 of the 7 goals including two short handed.
"I felt the special teams played real well. Our shorthanded game was exceptional as we blocked a number of key shots," commented Jordan Ryan.
While Ryan finished with four points Tuesday, he knew he was going to achieve something tonight.
"When I woke up, and went to the rink today I just had a feeling that I was going to have a big night. Even in warm ups, we seemed to be clicking out there, and that carried into the game. But I have to thank the boys for tonight, they were dishing the puck real well, and I was able to bury them. The team played well, and everyone played a big part in this win," Jordan added.
Essex' next game is Tuesday November 4th when they host the Alvinston Flyers at 7:00 pm.