73’s add to lead in standings with four points

Filed under: Uncategorized |

73s-Oct.-8-PIC-1 by Garrett Fodor

The 73’s are starting to find their groove offensively and defensively after their lone loss of the season.
Essex is sitting atop of the standings and added to its lead with two shutouts from goalie Trevor Wheaton this past week, along with standout performances from rookie Alixe Saliba, who scored three goals this week to increase his total to four on the season.

On September 29, Essex took on the Blenheim Blades. Right from the get go, Essex was quick to show the visitors it meant business. Essex scored the opening goal 56 seconds in when Phil Janikowski wristed a shot in, beating goalie Eric Stewardson high blocker. This would go on to be the game winning goal, and Janikowski’s third game winning goal of the season. The 73’s would go on to beat Stewardson two more times in the opening frame.

The last tally of Tuesday night was scored by rookie Saliba. He beat Stewardson with a rocket of a shot, ringing it off the bar before going in, at the three minute mark of the second period.

The 73’s overall play for the game was conservative, they were content with the four goal lead and looked to make the safe play and set up.

On October 2, Essex traveled to Dresden to take on the Kings. In their last meeting, Sept. 22 Essex would win 3-1. And Friday, Essex would win 6-0.

Phil Janikowski scored the lone goal in the first period, beating King’s goalie Joel Sowinski, who would leave the game with an injury following the goal.73'S-Oct.-8-PIC.2

In the second, the 73’s welcomed King’s goalie Jake Wilkens to the game, scoring three goals on him, two of which came off the stick of Saliba.

The final goal of the game came with seven minutes remaining in the third period, when 73’s forward Brett Vorshuk scored his first goal on the season. Forward Tyler Turner finished the night with 4 assists. The 73’s and the Kings combined for 81 penalty minutes, with Essex’s power-play unit going 1/13.

Wheaton has combined to make 48 saves in his shutout performances last week, giving him three shutouts on the year.

Head coach Gil Langlois was pleased with Wheaton and his team following their performances of late.
“Since day one, he (Wheaton) has done everything we have asked,” Langlois said. “He’s been vocal out there and that’s helped the young players and the defense. I feel the two practices we had leading up to our game against Blenheim really helped. I could see the improvements.”