The Sarnia Legionnaires won their third game in a row by taking a close 2 - 1 win over the St. Mary's Lincoln Thursday night in Sarnia in front of 1,231 fans in attendance.
Sarnia outshot St. Marys 31 - 15. Despite outshooting the Lincolns, the Legionnaires were left frustrated throughout the game.
"I think we were getting a little frustrated." said Head Coach Dan Rose "they (St. Marys) played a great road game and they plugged up the neutral zone and our guys got a little frustrated with them, we got to learn to fight through that stuff."
St. Marys opened the scoring that gave them the lead at the end first period on a goal scored by Calvin Penney. Thomas Moxley scored the tying goal at 13:50 in the second assisted by Josh Kestner and Nathan Mater. In the third Jason Teschke scored the winning goal on the power play assisted by Kestner.
"I was sitting back door and I saw the puck go to Kestner." said Teschke "I called for it and he made a perfect pass on my tape and it wound up in goal. All the credit goes to him."
Things got tense in the third period as Davis Boyer took a hit to the head from Calvin Penney that left him face down on the ice and had to helped off and did not return to the game. No penalty was called on the play.
"He'll be fine it was more his neck not his head. The guy caught him from the side from behind and snapped his head back." said Rose
Nathan Mater and Tyler Prong both took misconduct for taking their frustration out on the opponents sticks, Mater took it for slashing at one stick while it was laying on the ice and the other by Prong after he tossed an opponents stick aside after the play had ended. Temper were flaring and Rose called for a time out to cool things down.
"We just try to settle them down as the energy level was going up in the building with those missed calls. You could feel our guys buying into it so we said just relax lets go and play some hockey and kill the penalty"
Netminder Andrew Ganter got the win starting in his sixth game of the season. Craig Wood took the loss in net for the Lincolns.
"Andrew Ganter gives us a good solid effort." said Rose "He hasn't played a lot this year and he gave us a solid effort tonight."
The Legionnaires are now in seventh place in the Western Conference, four points ahead of Lambton Shores and five points behind Strathroy.
Sarnia is back in action on Sunday January 20 when they travel to Chatham to take on the first place Maroons. Game time 7:00 pm.