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SHARKS TAKE BITE OUT OF 73's
WHEATLEY - Essex travelled to Wheatley Wednesday night hoping to build on Tuesday night's effort, but came away on the short end, losing 2-1.
Essex held a 1-0 lead heading into the third period on a goal by Jacob Archer but two goals off the sticks of Aidan Hill and Kyle Kelly in the third period sealed the deal for the Sharks.
Essex outshot the Sharks, 29-27.
The Amherstburg Admirals are in town next Tuesday, Sept. 27tn.
The new-look 73's kicked off the 2022-23 season with a 4-1 win over the visiting Dresden Jr. Kings.
The night opened up with the revealing of the 50th anniversary uniforms and introduction of the players and staff.
The uniforms are a throwback to the original 1973 team uniforms.
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The first period was not the flow hockey fans may have been hoping for, but it can be expected this time of year as both teams are literally playing their first game or two as a unit. Line matching and defensive pairings are all new to each other.
Karson Beuglet put Essex on the board first at the 14:25 mark, followed 3:07 later by Luke Sherk.
Essex outshot the visitors, 15-3.
In the second period, it was Sherk striking again on the breakaway to put Essex up 3-0, while outshooting Dresden, 9-3.
Essex took over much of the game from the middle of the first period on, and for not the goal post, this game could have been very lopsided. Essex rattled 7 goal posts on the night.
In the third frame, Dresden managed to put one on the board as Jace Leech scored at 14:44.
Essex would get one more with under three minutes to play as Jacob Archer scored his first as a 73.
Essex outshot the Kings, 36-14 on the night. Adrian McBride picked up the win in the net.
Essex travels to Wheatley Wednesday night to tackle the Sharks. Game time is 7:30pm.
Essex honoured former executive members Gord Andry, Jim Barnett and Phil Burton with Life-time Memberships. All three gave up years of their lives to dedicate to the Essex 73's organization.
73's LAND McCRACKEN FROM LEAMINGTON
The 73’s are happy to announce the addition of Connor McCracken!
Connor, a native of Tecumseh, joins the 73’s after spending the 2021-2022 season with the Leamington Flyers where he scored 9 Goals & 9 Assists in 41 Games.
Connor is a 2004 birth year and stands 5’8, 161 lbs.