In Greater Ontario Hockey League action the Sarnia Legionnaires hosted the St. Thomas Stars on Thursday night and lost in overtime with a final score of 6 - 5.
"We just ran out of steam" said Coach Dan Rose "No excuses we played last night and we played hard the first half of the game and we just ran out of steam."
After the first period both sides were even 2 - 2 with St. Thomas opened the scoring just :28 seconds into the game. Sarnia tied things up at 2:49. At 8:08 St. Thomas took the lead only to have Sarnia answer back to tie at 12:24. Scott Mitchel and Drew Collison each scored for the Stars and Brent Sauve and Jason Teschke scored for the Legionnaires.
The Legionnaires took the lead for the first time at 5:50 on a perfect pas by Nathan Mater who was in his own zone and made a cross ice pass to Josh Kestner who went in alone for the goal. Hunter Tyczynski widened the lead to two at 8:48.
Newly acquired Cody Slaught scored his first goal as a Legionnaire at 15:38. Nathan Mater had just finished serving a penalty and jumped out of the box and made a cross ice pass and Slaught hacked at it quickly and it made it into the back of the net.
"I been trying hard since the beginning of this year try to get that goal to come." said Slaught "Feels good to get that off my back. That goal has been haunting me hear since I got here."
Just over a minute after Slaught's goal, Mike Iacocca scored an unassisted goal for the Stars. The Stars then went on and scored two power play in the third and tied the game. Trevor Abbot and Reid Oliver scored for the Stars in the third.
In over time, Reid Oliver scored the game winner after placing himself in front of the net, took a pass and shot it in the open side to end the game.
St. Thomas outshot the Legionnaires 37 - 28. Scored two power play goals on five opportunities. Sarnia scored zero on four.
Netminder Sean Parker was outstanding in net making many big saves despite the loss. Don Edwards earned the win for the Stars.
The extra point moved the Legionnaires into 6th place with 46 points just one point over Strathroy.
"We disappointed in the loss but we are not disappointed where we are at this year, I'm proud of the guys right now." Rose said
Next up, Sarnia will face London at home on Thursday February 7 with a game start at 7:10 pm at the Sarnia Arena.
Davis Boyer is expected to be back in the lineup next week. He'll be skating with the team next week and they expect that he will get the clearance to play on Thursday.
1,206 fans were in attendance.
Oliver Reid was first star, Jason Teschke second star and Cody Slaught earned third.