By Dan McCaffery
The Sarnia Legionnaires won their third straight game Saturday, edging the Lambton Shores Predators 5-4 in a shootout.
With the victory the Legion squad improved its won-lost record to 10-8. In the process, it moved within a single point of third place Strathroy in the tight Western Ontario Hockey Conference standings.
Jordan Fogarty got the winner, firing a shot that hit goalie Justin Fazio in the helmet before trickling across the goal line.
It was Sarnia's third goal of the penalty shot competition with Josh Kestner and Cody Trowell getting the other two. Kestner's tally also barely made it across the line.
Brendan Trottier and Jay Ritchie scored shootout goals for the Predators.
Sarnia head coach Dan Rose said the Predators played well for new bench boss Don Dickson, who replaced Dave Warren last week.
"They wanted to prove to the new coach (that they're a good team). Give them credit. They're going to be hard to play against the rest of the year.”
Rose said the Legionnaires “completely out-chanced them in the first period. But in the second they outworked us.”
Trailing the Predators by three goals in the third period, the visitors stormed back with a trio of unanswered goals, including two in the final two minutes to force overtime.
The equalizer came shorthanded off the stick of Jay Clarke with just 31 seconds left on the clock.
Josh Kestner had two regulation goals for Sarnia while Nathan Mater had the other.
Sarnia started the OT session two men short but goalie Jake Danson, making his first Jr. 'B' start, made three saves to send the game to the penalty shot competition.
Danson made a total of 28 saves (not counting two shootout stops) to pick up the victory.
Justin Fazio, who was excellent all night long, faced 37 shots in the Lambton Shores cage.
Ryan Fraser, Steve Beenackers, Austin Fetterly and Jay Ritchie had the Preds goals.
The Legionnaires are home Thursday to the LaSalle Vipers. Game time at the Brock Street Barn is set for 7:10 p.m.