The Sarnia Legionnaires opened their season with a 7 - 4 win over the Lambton Shores Predators at their home opener in the Greater Ontario Hockey League.
The Preds took a 3 - 1 lead after the first period. Ryan Trottier scored the first goal for the Predaotrs at 13:23. Jay Clarke scored the first Legionnaire goal at 18:14 after going in alone and beating Preds netminder Justin Tugwell. Seconds later at 18:25 Austin Fetterly scored to regain the lead for the Preds and in the last minute John Warren scored a power play goal for the Preds to end the period.
"They were fine it's a long season and we completely outplayed them in the first period." Head Coach Dan Rose said "The shots was 14 - 6 they had a 3 - 1 lead. It's early in the year and the boys responded."
After the break the Legionnaires came back and dominated and scored three unanswered goals to take the one point lead. Josh Kestner scored at 5:20 and at 6:08 Hunter Tyczynski tied things up and Tyczynski gave Sarnia the lead for the first time scoring his second goal of the night.
"Monkey off the back." said Hunter Tyczynski "It's always nice getting the first one off, got two tonight so I'm happy about that. I thought it was a great start to the season. A lot of new guys in the line so there's a lot of energy in the room and we came out flying."
Third period action saw Sarnia widen their lead after newcomer Riley Roberts scored his first Jr B goal at 2:57. Lambton Shores final goal came at 8:32 by Jim McKinlay and just under a minute later Josh Kestner scored his second of the night followed by the final goal by Ryan Vendramin on the power play at 12:58.
We completely dominated that game. Riley Roberts, Riley Babkirk, Hunter Tyczynski had a great game. We just put the lines together the other night the kids had some chemistry already but that's because they are good hockey players.
Both Riley Roberts and Riley Babkirk each had a four point night. Roberts with a goal and three assists, Babkirk with four assists.
Sarnia outshot Lambton Shores 47 - 23.
"They outplayed us in all three periods." Predators Head Coach Dave Warren said "I knew they would come out of the gate quick. They always come out hard in their own barn and it was tough. If you are going to play the Sarnia Legionnaires you better come working hard and play the right way. But the good news is its' early in the season and we got a lot of new guys that haven't played together before so I hope to turn it around."
Sean Parker earned his first win of the season with 19 saves. Despite the loss Justin Tugwell had a outstanding night turning away 40 shots.
Sarnia suffered 10 minutes in penalties giving the Predators four power play opportunities which they capitalized on one. The Preds took 8 minutes giving Sarnia three chances and scoring once.
"Our goal is to be one of the more discipline teams in the league this year." said Rose "We set some really low goals for penalty minutes and I think they want to achieve it. To stay out of the penalty box that's one less power play we have to kill, our guys are going to be disciplined this year."
Sarnia is back in action on Friday Sept 6 travelling to Leamington. Next home game is Thursday September 12 at 7:10. For the Preds they are at home for their home opener against Strathroy at 7:30 pm.
Curtis Crombeen wasn't dressed as he is waiting for clearance from the OHL Plymouth Whalers.
Josh Kestner was first star of the night, Hunter Tycznski, second and third went Riley Babkirk.
There were 1,169 fans in attendance.