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ESSEX PUNCHES TICKET INTO STOBBS FINAL
Essex is heading back to the Stobbs Division finals with a 4-1 series win over the Mooretown Flags.
After spotting Mooretown a win in the series opening game, Essex buckled down and dominated the play for the rest of the series. Mooretown's goalie, John Chartrand, was the difference in this series, as he stymied the 73's every game.
In the end, Essex was far too deep for the Flags to contend with.
Essex, again, outshot the Flags, 38-19.
Connor Dembinski and Austin Guevremont had beauty goals, and jack Fuerth added the empty netter.
Cavan McCabe returned from an upper body injury and played well, giving up a lone goal.
Essex now awaits the winner of the Lakeshore-Wheatley series. Wheatley has watched a 2-0 series lead disappear as the Canadiens have reeled off three-straight wins.
SPECIAL TEAMS AND DEFENCE KEYS TO 73's 3-0 ROAD WIN OVER MOORETOWN
MOORETOWN - Adrian McBride stopped all 28 shots directed his way, Liam Hall scored on the powerplay and Karson Beuglet scored a shorthanded goal as the Essex 73's defeated the Mooretown Flags Sunday night, 3-0.
Essex can close out the series Tuesday night at home.
Jake Archer scored into the empty net to seal the win.
Essex once again outshot the Flags, 38-28.
ESSEX WINS PIVOTAL GAME 3
Captain, Jake Fields, snapped a powerplay goal over the shoulder of Mooretown goalie, John Chartrand, at the 13:56 mark of the third period to help the Essex 73's win 3-2 in Essex Saturday night.
Essex now leads the series, 2-1.
Essex came out flying in this one, out-playing the Flags and out-shooting the Flags, 16-2 in the first period.
Austin Guevremont and Luke Sherk scored to give the 73's a 2-0 lead, and then Ethan Hamelin snapped a shot past Chartrand to make it 3-0, but the goal was incorrectly called off as the net was dislodged from its moorings in the eyes of the referee but after the puck clearly crossed the goal line.
Mooretown immediately called time out and regrouped, managing to score a goal before the period ended on just their second shot of the frame.
The second period Essex got a little off its game and allowed Mooretown the opportunity to tie the score as Ethan Kirby scored his second of the night on a bad angle past 73's goalie, Adrian McBride.
It was all Essex again in the third period and finally the 73's made the Flags pay for a penalty. Fields' goal was the first powerplay goal of the series for the 73's.
Final shots were 38-17 in favour of Essex. They have outshot Mooretown in the series 123-66.
Game four goes tonight in Mooretown.
ARCHER WINS IT FOR 73's IN OVERTIME
MOORETOWN - The Essex 73's evened their series up with Mooretown thanks to a big goal :30 seconds into overtime off the stick of Jake Archer.
Essex won the game 2-1 to regain home ice advantage. The 73's return home Saturday night for game 3.
Austin Guevremont tied the game 1-1 at 14:46 of tghe final period to force the overtime.
Mooretown's lone goal came on the powerplay 7:48 in the first period by Flags' leading playoff scorer, Logan Gardner.
Essex started off in penalty trouble in the first period and were outshot, 14-9.
The 73's got it together after the first period and outshot the Flags over the last two periods, and overtime, 31-14.
Adrian McBride posted his 4th win of the playoffs.
STOBBS DIVISION 2023 SEMI-FINALS
Essex wins series 4-1
GM #1 Tue, Mar 21 | Mooretown 2 @ Essex 1
GM #2 Wed, Mar 22 | Essex 2 @ Mooretown 1 OT
GM #3 Sat, Mar 25 | Essex 3 Mooretown 2
GM #4 Sun, Mar 26 | Essex 3 Mooretown 0
GM #5 Tue, Mar 28 | Essex 3 Mooretown 1