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Essex uses big second period to beat Dresden, 6-0
Story by Narrative Science.
The Dresden Kings was within striking distance after one period, but the Essex 73s put the pedal down in the second en route to a 6-0 victory.
Essex's offense was sparked by Tyler Turner, as he ended with four assists in a victory against Dresden.
The Kings' power play was ineffective against the 73s' penalty kill, which allowed zero goals while shorthanded.
Essex racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with eight minors and one major for 31 minutes in penalty time. The 73s surpassed its season average of 17.0 penalty minutes per game. Essex forced Dresden's goaltenders to work hard to keep the puck out of the net, ripping 38 shots and forcing 32 saves. Jake Wilkins made 23 stops and Joel Sowinski made nine. The 73s' penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on seven Dresden power plays.
Essex also had goals scored by Alixe Saliba, who had two and Brett Vorshuk, Phil Janikowski, Max Viselli, and Michael Vieira, who each put in one. In addition, Essex received assists from Matthew Rosati, who had two and Kade McKibbon, William Stadder, Tyler Scott, and Matthew Hebert, who contributed one each.
The Kings did not reach the goal total they have come to expect this season. Dresden averages 3.4 goals per game. The defense for the Kings tightened up when they had players in the penalty box, as it let in one goal on 13 Essex power plays. Dresden could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 48 minutes in penalties during the game.
The 73s' Trevor Wheaton stopped 24 shots out of the 24 that he faced. Essex ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Saliba was ejected from the game.