"We played a lot better than we did last night" said Legionnaires Coach Dan Rose. "Again we are still short handed but that was a pretty good effort."
The score was tied 4 - 4 after three periods of play, overtime didn't solve the game and the game went into a shoot out where St. Mary's Calvin Penney scored the lone goal to take the 5 - 4 win.
At the end of the first period St. Mary's took a 1 - 0 lead with Kyle Flemington scoring a power play goal at 13:40.
Sarnia's first goal was scored at 14:07 in the second period on a power play by Josh Kestner from Jason Teschke and Davis Boyer.
"It was a dump in just off the change when my teammate went in got the puck on the keeper. Then Boyer made a play got a back hand pass to me and couldn't do anything else but put it in." said Kestner recalling the goal.
Before the period ended St. Mary's scored their second power play goal to take a 2 - 1 lead heading intot he third. Reid Oliver scored for St. Mary's.
Nathan Mater tied things up for the Legionnaires at 1:20 in the third on Sarnia's second power play goal with Matt Cimetta and Josh Kestner assisting. Sarnia then took the lead for the first time after Jeff King from Bobby King and Tyler Prong scored at 5:56. The lead was short lived as St. Mary's came back and tied 1:00 minute later. A questionable goal that will be reviewed later gave St. Mary's the lead with Calvin Penny scoring on the power play. With time running out, Sarnia pulled Sean Parker for the extra man and with just :32 seconds remaining Nathan Mater scored his second of the game that sent the game into overtime.
"We have to keep working hard." said Rose. "We were short tonight as we have a full line of Jr B players that are not playing right now and it hurts us."
Sarnia outshot St. Mary's 31 - 28. Sean Parker took the loss in net for the Legionnaires, Jacob Theut earned the win.
St. Mary's went three for seven on power play opportunities, Sarnia went two for seven.
"We'll be fine that was a good effort tonight, I was not unhappy with their effort. When we were down the boys kept competing hard and that's important, they didn't quit and they showed some character today." said Rose
Sarnia remains in seventh position in the standings race with St. Mary's just one point away. Sarnia is now 13 - 16 - 5 for the season.
The Legionnaires has one more game remaining before the Christmas break as they travel to Strathroy on Saturday Dec 22 for a 7:30 game start.