Admirals lose Game 3 of semi-final series in Essex

 

The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals have their backs against the wall after losing Game 3 of their PJHL Stobbs Division semi-final against the Essex 73’s.

The 73’s built a three games to none advantage in the best-of-seven series thanks to a 7-5 win Tuesday at the Essex Centre Sports Complex.

Amherstburg's Dylan Muzzatti (15) gets around Essex's William Stadder during Game 3 in Essex. The 73's won 7-5 to give them a 3-0 lead in the series.

Amherstburg’s Dylan Muzzatti (15) gets around Essex’s William Stadder during Game 3 in Essex. The 73’s won 7-5 to give them a 3-0 lead in the series.

The game went back-and-forth with Amherstburg having the lead on a couple of occasions, including taking a 5-4 lead into the second intermission. Essex scored three times in the third period to propel themselves to the win.

The game started on the right note for the Admirals thanks to Ryan Holzel scoring at the 8:59 mark of the period but Michael Ruttinger tied it for Essex less than a minute later.

The Admirals got the lead back just 11 seconds after Ruttinger’s goal thanks to a tally from Cory Burns but Essex would score twice more before the period was out with Matthew Rosati and Michael Vieiera scoring for the 73’s.

Amherstburg controlled the second period, outscoring the 73’s 3-1 in the period. Luke Gangnon scored at 2:22 and 19:22 with Jordan Luciw scoring in between for the Admirals. Dalton Langlois had the Essex goal in the period.

The 73’s got a pair of powerplay goals early in the third period to re-take the lead with Eric Shaw and Adam Gaiarin scoring. William Stadder scored the 73’s’ seventh goal with just 3:11 left in the game to give Essex and insurance marker.

Cory Burns gets a scoring chance on Essex goalie Jax DHont Tuesday night in Essex. Burns has a goal in all three games of the series.

Cory Burns gets a scoring chance on Essex goalie Jax DHont Tuesday night in Essex. Burns has a goal in all three games of the series.

Both starting goalies were pulled in the high-scoring game with Jax Dhont relieving starter Tyler Ryan in the Essex net in the first period while Matt Badour took over from Catalin Morin in the Amherstburg net in the second period.

The Admirals outshot the 73’s 38-34 on the night but Essex was 3-for-9 on the powerplay as opposed to the Admirals going 0-for-4. There were nine slashing penalties on the night between the two teams.

Game 4 is Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Libro Centre.

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