Sarnia, ON - Adam Arseneault of Lambton Shores took the only lead in the 6 - 3 loss at 6:09 on a power play in game 3 of the best of seven series. Tanner Ferguson who had just jumped out of the penalty box and stole the puck assisted on the goal.
Anthony Donati scored back to back power play goals for the Legionnaires, the first at 8:00 and at 14:24. Nathan Mater assisted on the first goal and Brent Sauve and netminder Kyle Washer tallied assists on the second.
Final goal of the period was his first of the playoffs by Spencer Bronzi after he picked up a rebound and shot it high into the net. Earning the assist on Bronzi's goal was Steve Farlow. Sarnia led 3 - 1 after the first.
"That was a great effort by our guys" we said Sarnia coach Dan Rose "We let up a little bit in the third period, they got a couple but all it was a pretty good home game for game three."
"The boys worked hard and did a great job on the penalty kill," said Rose, "we got two shorthanded goals that was the turning point that really changed the tempo after that."
Second period action saw Sarnia score three unanswered goals to take a 6 - 1 lead. Jason Teschke assisted by Matt Cimetta and Steve Farlow assisted on the first goal at 2:48 into the period. Brent Sauve went on and scored two back to back shorthanded goals the first at 9:08 and tthe second at 11:52. Jesse Drydak, Tyler Prong assisted on the first and Evan Dixon and Steve Farlow assisted on the second.
"First period killed us", said Lambton Shores coach Mark Davis "with the power play goals and then Sarnia experience came out and score two short handed goals. All I asked is that they win third period and we did that and I'm proud of our guys."
In spite of being down the Predators continue to battle and came back scoring two goals in the third. Tanner Ferguson from Corey Pawley and Brett Thompson scored the first goal at 3:55 and Ryan Rontondi added the final goal on the power play assisted by Corey Pawley.
"We are playing a very good hockey club, that's why they are in first place and they are well coached" said Davis. "The most important thing that we are getting out of this series is experience."
Penalties were a factor as both sides were handed their share. Lambton Shores tallied 28 minutes on 13 infractions and Sarnia took 322 minutes on 15 infractions. Two fighting incidents saw Louie Rowe (Sarnia) and (Kody Ryan Lambton Shores) ejected from the game along with Sarnia's Mike Dipaolo and Predators Jordan Belanger. Lambton Shores went 2 for 8 on power play opportunities, Sarnia went 2 for 6.
Brandon Campbell and Justin Tugwell shared the duties in net for the Predators, Campbell made 14 saves on 20 shots, Tugweell made 10 saves on 10 shots. Kyle Washer went the distance in the win and made 19 saves on 22 shots.
Sarnia now returns to Lambton Shores on Tuesday March 6 for game 4. Game time 7:30 pm.