After Jordan Brohman and Corey Beaulieu put Essex up by two early, Derek VanEvery pulled the Kings within one before the first period was over.
In the second, following a Colin Moore goal for the 73s, Dresden came to life scoring three goals in the frame, including markers from Dylan Mertz, Taylor Sisson, and Jesse Allen, to vault Dresden to a 4-3 lead.
Josh Beatty would score less than a minute into the third period with the man advantage giving Dresden a two goal lead, but the Kings couldn’t hold on, allowing Jordan Brohman to score, pulling Essex within one, and Scott Bromley tying the game with only 1:02 left on the clock.
With a fresh sheet of ice, and elimination on the line, Dresden’s season ended quickly in the extra frame as Bromley scored his second of the game at 1:59 of overtime to lift the 73s to the win, and to send them uncontested to the Great Lakes Junior C final. Essex also swept Kingsville in the first round of the playoffs and now awaits the winner of the other Great Lakes semi-final between Wheatley and Belle River.