Lakers Fall Just Shy Of Comeback
The Wallaceburg Lakers came within inches of tying their contest in the final minute of play at home to Mooretown on Wednesday night.
Cory Lucier looked to the sky momentarily after firing a rebound opportunity just wide of Flags goaltender Nolan Hakr after the Lakers climbed out from a 3-0 hole in the third.
That opportunity proved to be the last for Wallaceburg, who showcased a strong will and unwillingness to submit on their annual Teddy Bear Toss Night.
Mooretown utilized special teams for a three goal lead after two periods, with Nolan Riley and Alec Scarsella capitalizing on the powerplay. Ryan Lyle added a shorthanded goal in the second courtesy of Joe Stock.
Down 3-0, the Lakers took advantage of an early powerplay in the third to get on the board, with Trevor Waller’s team-leading 14th goal. Exactly eight minutes later, Alec Segers made it a one-goal game after a two-on-one odd-man rush, set up by Brayden Kettlewell.
Lakers goalie George Hill stole the show once again, turning away 39 of 42 shots. Hill faced a total of 102 shots in back-to-back nights.
Reports indicate Lakers assistant coach Derek Ellis resigned from his position following the game.
The teddy bears collected during the annual holiday fundraiser will be distributed to the local St. Vincent de Paul and Salvation Army.
Wallaceburg falls to a record of 1-23-1, winless at home and remaining in last place and outside of the playoff race in the Stobbs Division of the PJHL.