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GAME RECAP

Essex beats Amherstburg 4-3 after comeback scare

GLJHL Head Office    Sat, Mar 07, 2015

The Amherstburg Admirals tried to dig themselves out of a four-goal hole, but the Essex 73s held on for a 4-3 victory.

Essex made the score 4-0 on a goal by Phil Janikowski at 4:05 in the third period, and Amherstburg got as close as 4-3 when Chad Copeland scored 17:05 into the third period.

The win by the 73s broke a deadlock and gave Essex a 2-1 advantage in the best of seven series.

The Admirals' power play was ineffective against the 73s' penalty kill, which allowed zero goals while shorthanded.

Essex stifled Amherstburg's power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. The 73s kept the Admirals' goalie busy throughout the game, and Arren Romeril made 31 saves on 35 shots.

Essex was helped by Jordan Ryan, who tallied one goal. Ryan scored on the power play 4:48 into the second period to make the score 2-0 Essex. An interference penalty on Blake Rutckyj had put the 73s on the power play. Daniel McIntyre provided the assist. Essex additionally got points from William Stadder, who also had one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Matthew Hebert also scored for Essex. More assists for Essex came via Anthony Cristofaro, Tyler Scott, Daniel Slipchuk, and Dallas Pereira, who contributed one each.

Amherstburg got its opportunities on the power play, but did not convert any of its nine chances.

Amherstburg also got a goal from Cody Leeming as well. In addition, Amherstburg received assists from Mark Sobocan, Conor Rennie, Dan Matoski, Mark Gangnon, and Jordan Luciw, who each chipped in one.

Noah Hedrick made 22 saves for Essex on 25 shots. The 73s incurred 20 minutes in penalty time with 10 minors. The Admirals incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors.