In Greater Ontario Jr B Hockey league action in front of 1,286 hockey fans at the Sarnia Arena, the Legionnaires ended their winless streak against the Lambton Shores Predators taking a 3 - 2 win.
"That was a good hockey game." said Legionnaires coach Dan Rose. "The fans got their monies worth, both teams played well and they (Predators) don't quit. Their top line can play and you got to show up to play and that's what its all about."
Brent Sauve lit the light just :17 seconds into the game scoring his 11th goal of the season to put the Legionnaires up 1 - 0. Jason Teschke and Steve Farlow earned the assists. Derek D' Andrea scored his first of two in the game for the Legionnaires in the first period at 6:30. Teschke and Matt Cimetta earned the assist on the second goal.
The Legionnaires led 2 - 0 heading into the second. Sarnia outshot the Predators 17 - 8 in the first period
Late in the second at 17:59 Keegan Hnatiw scored for Lambton Shores to narrow the lead with Nick Sproveiro and Adam Wammes assisting. Less than a minute later D'Andrea scored his second at 18:49 assisted by Brent Sauve and Teschke earning his third point of the night to give the Legionnaires the 2 - 1 lead going into the third. Lambton Shores outshot Sarnia 10 - 4 in the second period.
"I've been playing with Tescke all year and he found me on that first one that was a beautiful pass." said D'Andrea about his goals. "The second one I was at the right place at the right time, Sauve gave me a nice pass and I put it in the net."
In the third, like the first, an early goal was scored with the Predators Kyle Brothers scoring at :29 seconds into the final period help by Adam Arseneault. Both sides battle back and forth, and Sarnia held on to take the first win over the Predators this season. Lambton Shores outshot Sarnia 13 - 7 in the final period.
"This win was huge, it was like a four point game, they stayed the same we go up two. We need all the points we can get right now to keep moving up." said D'Andrea
Both ends of the ice were outstanding. Sean Parker made 29 saves for his 14th win of the season. Brandon Campbell turned away 25 of 28 shots.
"We played one good period and they beat us 3 - 2. If we could put 40 minutes together the outcome would have been better." said Predators Coach Mark Davis.
Both sides went scoreless in power plays. Sarnia had seven opportunities, Lambton Shores had five.
Sarnia travels to Strathroy on Saturday who has four points up on the Legionnaires. Lambton Shores is in seventh spot will face third place London , in London on Sunday.
Not in tonight's game was Davis Boyer who is at home resting after suffering a concussion in a previous game. He is working through the concussion protocol. "When he's ready to play he'll play." said Rose "Until then his health is more important."
On a personal note Mark Davis praised the Legionnaires for their fundraising efforts for the St. Joseph Hospice in memory of Sharon Williamson who past away last year. Sharon was the wife of General Manager Bob Williamson and a member of the board of directors for the Legionnaires and worked endless hours for the organization.
"I hope everything worked out for Bob and the Hospice" said Davis "He's a great man and She (Sharon) was a great woman. I have known them for 30 years my heart to the team, and for going out there and performing for Bob. That's awesome. they won a hockey game and put a smile on his face and I know she's up there smiling."