Don't let the score fool you. This game was never close, except for the final minute. And even then, Essex was much of a threat to score. Grimsby quickly built up a 3-0 lead in the first and had it not been for the little guy in the 73's net that lead could easily ballooned to seven or eight nothing. Through the first fifty or so minutes of this game Essex was the proverbial "out-to-lunch-bunch." They couldn't have hit the broad side of a barn, even if they were standing inside it. Nobody wanted to skate, they couldn't make a decent pass, they certainly couldn't take a pass and nobody (and I mean NOBODY) was in position anyways, nobody went to the net and nobody was there for a rebound. Didn't matter though, as I said, they couldn't hit the net to begin with. Having said all that, the kid in net was the only player that actually came to play on this night and his teammates should extremely grateful to him for not letting this game turn into a total embarrassment. The 73's only had four powerplays but even then they couldn't muster much of an attack. Needless to say the Peaches goalie had a fairly easy night of it, until the last few minutes.
For Grimsby's part, I thought they played a very solid and consistent game. The kind we have come to expect from them. They were a constant threat the entire game and should be commended for it. They never let up or sat back which is what kept Essex back on their heels, away from the Kings net and off the score sheet. I guess you could say they learned their lesson after letting a 3-1 lead in Game 1 turn into a 5-3 loss. Their Captain, leader and leading scorer did exactly what is expected of him, picking up a point on all four goals. Their forwards forechecking was absolutely superb and the defencemen were always in position to break up the attack. An all-round team effort. A couple little hiccups late in the third gave Essex a little bit of false hope about winning but the PKings held their ground and now lead the series 2-1 heading back to Essex.
Odds & Sods: Oh by the way, the referees for this contest were Josef Park and Korey Bannerman. Yes, the same two that often do games in the GBMO league. Smith and Rose were the linesmen. Not a sell-out by any stretch today but not bad. But at this time of year, every arena should be jammed-packed. Shouldn't it? If it's not, then something is seriously wrong. But that's just me. 50-50 was about $450 bucks.