Neither team gained more than a two-goal lead, and Corey Beaulieu’s goal in the third period proved to be the difference maker.
After the loss made the series score 3-0 in the best of seven series, Wheatley faces elimination next time out.
Essex got the win with help from a great game by Beaulieu, who had two goals and one assist. Beaulieu scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 5:56 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Essex. A hooking penalty on Kurtis Ouellette had put the 73s on the power play. Jordan Brohman picked up the assist. Beaulieu’s next tally on the power play made the score 3-2 Essex with 13:36 left in the third period. Brohman provided the assist.
Essex’s penalty kill excelled, as the 73s gave up one goal despite allowing six power plays.
Essex forced the Sharks goalie Marc Tremblay to work between the pipes, taking 40 shots.
Essex additionally got points from Brohman, who also had one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. Marco Canzoneri also scored for Essex. Other players who recorded assists for Essex were Alex Garon, who had two and Jordan Ryan and Daniel McIntyre, who each chipped in one.
Wheatley was helped by Sebastian Kanally, who tallied one goal. Kanally scored 10:21 into the second period to make the score 2-2. Riley Babkirk assisted on the tally. Wheatley also got a goal from Brendon Anger as well. In addition, Wheatley received assists from Kyle Quick, who had one.
Trevor Wheaton made 21 saves for the 73s on 23 shots. Essex incurred 18 minutes in penalty time with nine minors. The Sharks’ Tremblay stopped 36 shots out of the 40 that he faced. Wheatley incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with eight minors.
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