Sharks Sink Lakers
The Wallaceburg Lakers continue to search for their first win of the 2015-16 season after a 4-2 loss to the Wheatley-Omstead Sharks on Wednesday night.
The Lakers looked to be building off of an emotional pre-game ceremony that honoured former teammate Jason White and his #7 jersey. White was a member of the Lakers roster and a Wallaceburg Minor Hockey product at the time of his passing on February 27, 2014.
Wallaceburg hit the score sheet first with an unassisted short-handed tally from Brendan Ritchie four minutes into the first. Cory Lucier, hot off a ridiculous MVP lacrosse season grabbed his second goal of the season at the 7:12 mark. Wheatley’s Mitchell Prudence responded with 3 minutes and 14 seconds left in the first.
The second frame was nearly blanked on the scoresheet, but the penalty box was kept busy after some physical play and fisticuffs involving Wade Esselment and Mike Brown of the Lkars and Lucas Raffoul, Calyn Kir and Kristian Filipovski of Wheatley.
With the Lakers up 2-1 and one minute left in the second period, the Prudence connection would click again with Mitchell setting up Eric Prudence just 35 seconds away from the second intermission. A decisive third period was all Wheatley needed as the Sharks held Wallaceburg off the score sheet and added two of their own from Matt Taylor and Brady Hillock.
The penalty kill was once again a bright spot for the Lakers, who killed off all of Wheatley’s 8 power play chances. Wallaceburg was 0-for-4 themselves on the power play. The Lakers drop to 0-8 on the season.