The Wallaceburg Lakers, who have been in the basement of the West Stobbs Division, gave the hometown crowd a huge Christmas present as they shut out the number two team in the division the Lakeshore Canadiens 2-0 Wednesday night.
Tight action throughout the first period as Wallaceburg failed to capitalize on their first power play, but then was able to kill off their own penalty. Things opened up in the second as Ty Lucio got his fourth goal of the season with assists from Ryan MacAlpine and Conner Lovell at 5:37. With under a minute left in the second period, Cam Wheeler would get the insurance goal with Bailey Smith and Matthew Brevetti helping out. That would be the final score as Lakeshore just could not get anything going missing 5 powerplay opportunities. Travis Moore picks up the win for the Lakers stopping 37 shots and recording the shutout.
This gives Wallaceburg their third win this season but more importantly a lot of confidence as they shut down the Canadiens who sit in second spot in the division.
The other divisional game had the Amherstburg Admirals facing the Dresden Kings and this one was a barn burner. The Admirals racking up 16 minutes in penalties while the Kings would be credited for 8 minutes. Travis Campbell of the Admirals would get two minutes and a game misconduct for checking from behind, late in the second period.
The Kings started things off in the first period with a goal from Geoffry VandenBoorn but the Admirals would come right back with three unanswered goals from Travis Campbell and Michael Hatch both on the power play and then Josh Talerico, and that would put Amherstburg up 3-1.
Cory Lucier would score just 35 seconds into the second period on the powerplay to bring the Kings to within one but that is where the scoreboard stopped for the remainder of the game as Amherstburg gets the win 3-2.
Ben Larder would turn away 32 of the 34 shots on goal to pick up the win and keep the Admirals in third spot in the division.