The Point Edward Pacers hosted the Wallaceburg Red Devils in the second home/home game series in Ontario Jr B Lacrosse League action on Tuesday and suffered a second time with a 14-7 loss against the Devils.
"I thought we had a slow start but the boys show a lot in the third period." Head Coach Jim Bell said after the game "We beat them in the third period 3 - 2."
Wallaceburg took a 4 - 1 lead after the first, 12 - 4 after the second.
Dan Charlton led the Pacers in scoring with 3 goal and assisting on 1. AP player Jack Dunn earned a four point night adding 2 goals and 2 assists. Kevin Conroy scored 1 and added 2 assists and Kevin Durco added a single goal.
Ian Ferguson got the start in net allowing 7 goals on 27 shots then replaced early in the second by AP Brayden Bell who also allowed 7 goals on 23 shots. Jacob Nobles earned the win went 40 minutes allowing 4 goals then replaced by AP Emily VanDamme in the third who allowed 3 goals.
#10 Kevin Conroy and #6 Dan Charlton playing in their last home game of the season for the Pacers
Prior to the game, three senior players were recognized on Wednesday for it being their last home game as they are being dealt to Wallaceburg officially on Monday. Captain Dan Charlton who led the team in points with 42 (21G, 21A), Connor Smith second in the teams standings race with 40 points (G19, A21), and Brandan Burr in the top ten (3G, 7A) will be leaving the Pacers to join Wallaceburg.
"It's their last year we do this a lot with last year players and they get a chance to move on if we are not in a position to move on. We have done that forever." Bell said
Also being let go to play for Wallaceburg to finish the year is Kevin Conroy who is third in the standings race (9G, 11A) who is expected to return to the Pacers next season.
The Pacers are now down 10 players due to the movement, injuries and work commitments. On the injured list is Ryan Devine (shoulder), Clay Wilhelm (ankle), Mitch Doughty (concussion), Liam Wright (uncertain - ankle), Derrick Hastings (thumb) and Luke Charlton (work).
"That 6 guys plus the four that we are let going. We didn't anticipate and we made the deal with Wallaceburg." Bell said "So we are going to take our lumps but it's going to build for the future."
The Pacers are at the half way point and are are now 1 - 9 with ten games remaining. Up next they are on the road with games in Welland (Sat May 31), St. Catharines (Sun June 1) and back in Wallaceburg (Thurs June 5). The next home game is set for Sat June 7 when they host Hamilton at 7:00 pm at the Point Edward Arena.