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Zelko's big game bests Mooretown in 7-4 Essex win
Story by Narrative Science.
The Essex 73s' Matt Zelko had a big offensive game, scoring one goal and contributing two assists in his team's 7-4 win over the Mooretown Flags.Zelko scored 11:08 into the second period to make the score 5-2 Essex. Max Viselli assisted on the tally. Zelko dished an assist on Dallas Pereira's goal that made the score 2-0 Essex at 4:32 into the first period. He added another helper on Luke Gecse's goal that made the score 4-0 Essex at 18:57 into the first period.
Essex excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in five chances. Mooretown was unable to stop the 73s from sending pucks towards the net, and Essex eventually piled up 42 shots on goal. The 73s' defense let in more goals than it usually has this year. Essex gives up 1.5 goal per game. The 73s' defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in three goals.
Essex also got points from Matthew Rosati, who also had one goal and two assists, Tyler Turner, who also racked up one goal and one assist, and Gecse, who also registered one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Essex included Adam Gaiarin and William Stadder, who each put in one. In addition, Essex received assists from Anthony Cristofaro, who had two and Matthew Hebert and Dan Mainella, who each chipped in one.
Mooretown was led by Trevor Bogaert, who tallied one goal and one assist. Bogaert scored short handed 16:09 into the third period to make the score 5-4 Essex. A roughing after whistle call on Parker Gilhuly put the Flags on the penalty kill. Mooretown additionally got points from Daytona Harrison, who also had one goal and one assist. Mooretown also had goals scored by Kyle Smith and Joe DeSena, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Mooretown were Ben Morrison, who had one and Christian Lyle, who had two.
The 73s incurred 24 minutes in penalty time with seven minors. Nolan Hakr rejected 35 shots on goal for Mooretown. The Flags ended with 25 minutes in penalty time with five minors and one major. Mooretown ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Gilhuly was ejected from the game.