The Mooretown Flags lost 5 - 4 in over time against the Essex 73's in Great Lakes Jr. C Hockey league action.
After two horrendous games that were filled with penalties the team played with more discipline allowing two power play opportunities in 12 minutes in penalty time. In the previous two games the Flags combined penalty in minutes totalled 120 minutes and presently they are leading the league with 207 minutes. The closest team to that figure is Dresden with 105 penalty minutes.
Unfortunately the first power play made the difference as Essex scored their first and only power play goal to take a 1 - 0 lead after the first period of play.
Essex went up 2 - 0 at 4:49 in the second. Both Essex goals were scored by Jordan Ryan. Austin Ainsworth narrowed the gap on a goal at 18:50 with Jeff Schroeter and David Addley assisting. Essex led 2 - 1 heading into the third period.
The third was a see saw affair with Mooretown scoring early to tie the game on a goal scored by Matt Brandon from Macgregor Haddon. Essex answered back at 6:48 by Alex Garon. Jeff Schroeter of Mooretown scored an unassisted goal at 8:42 to equal the score. Essex pulled ahead once more at 11:46 with Chad Dedrick scoring and the final goal at 17:11 by Dan Lumley to tie the game at 4 - 4 that sent the game into over time where Essex scored at 4:21 with Matthew Heberts scoring the winning goal.
Essex outshout the Flags 36 - 31. Arren Romeril earned the win in net for the 73's with 27 saves. Brandon Johnson made 31 saves for the Flags.
Mooretown went zero for five on power play opportunities.
The Flags are now 2 - 2 - 1 for the season and currently are in third place. Next up the Flags will host Blenheim for the first time this season. Blenheim is 2 - 1 so far this season. Game time is at 7:30 pm at the Moore Sports Complex.