Season Over For 73's

The chase for the Schmalz Cup is over for the Essex 73's.

The Provincial Junior Hockey League Stobbs Division champions lost in Ayr 2-1 in Game 7 of the semifinal series.

Eric Shaw opened the scoring midway through the first period and the 1-0 lead held up until Mackenzie Kemp scored for the Centennials :23 into the third period.

Hudson Michaelis scored the series-clinching goal at 18:19 of the period.

Tyler Ryan of Essex stopped 49 of 51 shots and was named the game's third star.

Ayr now faces Port Hope for the Schmalz Cup.