The Wallaceburg Lakers and the Mooretown Flags each played their final two games of 2017, on Friday and Saturday. Mooretown would split their outings with a win and a loss but Wallaceburg would be back into the same old rut.
Friday night the Lakers would face Amhurstburg, who sit on top of the division and their spot would not be any danger against Wallaceburg. The Admirals would punch in four goals before the Lakers would get on the board late in the third. Cory Burns would pick up two goals on the night. It is not that the Lakers did not have their chances as the Lakers would have eight powerplay opportunities. The Admirals would lose two players for 10-minute misconducts in this one Josh Talerico and Carter Comeau both called for head contact on hits. The Admirals would pick up a 4-1 win.
The Mooretown Flags would go into the Lambton Kent Memorial Centre to face the Dresden Kings on Friday night. The Kings are only two points ahead of the Flags in the standings. Mooretown would start out hot as Josh Vale opened up the scoring on a powerplay goal, but that is where the train would stop as it was all Dresden after that. Nolan Vanderboorn would have a two-goal night as the Kings would lower the Flags 4-1.
Saturday night would be the last division game for 2017 with Wallaceburg travelling to Mooretown. Wallaceburg is in last spot in the division and Mooretown is right in the middle of the pack. A scoreless first period had the crowd buzzing as it was end to end with no team able to get the advantage. The second period would be a different story as Jake Vancoillie would get an unassisted powerplay goal to put the Lakers in the lead. Ryan Lyle would turn things around for Mooretown with two quick goals before the end of the second period to put the Flags in the lead. Nolan Farr would be credited with the game-winner for Mooretown in the third as Austin Bentley picked up one for Wallaceburg. Nolan Hakr would score the empty net insurance goal for the Flags, for the 4-2 win.
The next divisional game will be Tuesday, Jan. 2 when Petrolia travels to Essex to play the 73’s.