By Dan McCaffrey
FOREST -- Special teams were the difference here Saturday as the Lambton Shores Predators edged the Sarnia Legionnaires 2-1.
The home team was 2-for-16 in the penalty filled affair, while the visitors were 0-for-10.
Sarnia had plenty of chances with the extra man but winning goalie Brandon Campbell was sharp, stopping all but one of the 28 pucks he faced.
Sean Parker was also good, turning aside 34 of 36 drives on the Legionnaire net.
Despite the rash of penalties it was not a particularly rough game. However, the referees were not allowing either club to get away with anything that even remotely resembled an infraction.
Connor Annet and Brett Thompson scored in the first period to give the Preds a 2-0 lead that they would not surrender.
Derek D'Andrea scored his sixth of the season in the final stanza, cutting into the slot before finding the back of the net with a rising wrist shot. Davis Boyer and Jason Teschke picked up assists on the play.
This is the fourth game between the two teams with Lambton Shores taking all with two that were won in overtime.
With the win the last place Predators moved within a single point of Sarnia in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Ontario Hockey Conference. The Legionnaires are tied for seventh place with the St. Marys Lincolns.
Sarnia returns to action tonight when they travel to Chatham to face the Maroons.