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73's RECORD BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUTS
The Essex 73's scored a 5-0 win over the visiting Mooretown Flags this past Tuesday night, and now lead the Provincial Junior Hockey League in Win Percentage.
Essex (16-1-0-0) has a .941 win percentage. Two other teams are over the .900 mark; Stayner (15-1-0-0 .938) and last year's Schmalz Cup finalists, Clarington (13-1-0-1 .900).
The game was called short after a Mooretown player went awkwardly into the corner boards at the 9:09 mark of the third period. Ambulance crew was dispatched and the 73's are happy to report that the Mooretown player is doing well at this point in time.
Jacob Archer led the way for Essex with a pair of goals, while Liam Hall, Everett Parent and AP, Cael McCabe chipped in with single markers.
Essex out shot the Flags, 32-8. The 73's have not been out shot all season.
Cavan McCabe got the win in goal.
The 73's have the best team goals against in the province at 1.24.
ESSEX HAMMERS WALLACEBURG, 10-0
Wallaceburg came to town Tuesday night and walked right into a hornet's nest.
Essex put up 5 in the first, 2 more in the second and another 3 more in the third to improve to 15-1 on the season.
Essex now leads the second place Lakeshore Canadiens by 10 points, although the Canadiens have two games in hand.
Luke Sherk pumped in 5 goals to lead the Essex attack. For Sherk, it's 17 on the year - 1 back of PJHL overall leader, Jake Weston of North Middlesex.
Austin Guervremont, with his 6th, Jacob Archer, Everett Parent, Issac Legood and AP call up, Lazar Dragicevic had the other goals. Legood had 4 assists as well for a 5-point game, and Karson Beuglet had 4 assists and could have had 3 goals himself.
Essex out shot the visitors, 61-19.
Adrian McBride picked up his 9th win in goal and 2nd shutout.
It should be noted, McBride is now 23-4 with a 1.67 goals against average, and .929 save percentage in his career in Essex. He's also 2-0 in playoff play.
73's SCORE THREE IN THE THIRD FOR 13th STRAIGHT WIN
LAKESHORE - Before an announced crowd of 816 at the Atlas Tube Centre in Lakeshore, the Essex 73's skated to a 4-1 victory, their 13th in a row.
Essex scored twice on the powerplay and added an empty netter, and for the first time this season, did not out shoot the opposing team.
Final shots were 28-28.
Lakeshore struck first on a Marco Sladoje tally late in the opening period, a period which saw the home team out shoot the visitors, 15-6.
Essex would even things up 6:43 into the second as Ryan McKim scored his 2nd on the season while on the man advantage.
Essex held an 11-8 shot advantage in the middle frame.
Liam Hall would score what would be the game-winning goal at 10:58 of the final period.
Lakeshore pulled the goalie in a last-ditch effort to tie the game, but rookie Austin Guervremont notched his 6th of the year, unassisted, into the open cage to all but seal the deal for Essex.
Team leading goal scorer, Luke Sherk, would score one more for the 73's late in the game while on the powerplay - his 12th of the season in 14 games.
Adrian McBride got the nod in goal and picked up his 8th win of the season. He is now tied for third most wins in the PJHL. Of goalies who have played 6 games or more in the league, both McBride and his counterpart, Cavan McCabe, are in the top 4 in goals against average. McBride is 4th with a 1.56 average while McCabe is 3rd with a 1.19 average.
Essex will play host to Wallaceburg in Tuesday night.
McCABE AND 73's SHUTOUT BLADES
Cavan McCabe turned aside all 22 shots he faced to help the 73's to a 2-0 win over the Blenheim Blades.
Jacob Cruickshank and Jack Bulmer had the goals for Essex.
Essex outshout Blenheim, 33-22.
The 73's travel to Lakeshore Friday night.