In Greater Ontario Hockey League the Lambton Shores Predators suffered a 2 - 1 loss on Saturday at their home opener against the Strathroy Rockets.
"It was a hard two way game for both teams." Predators Head Coach Dave Warren said "Both teams competed they got that extra goal and obviously that was the different. We have to score more than one goal if we are going to be successful in any game."
The Preds took a 1 - 0 lead with 22 seconds remaining in the first period. London Knights 13th round draft pick John Warren scored his second of the season assisted by Adam Arsenaeault and Ryan Trottier.
Strathroy tied things up at 6:46 in the second period with Kirk Dorman scoring assisted by Tyler Coleman and Dan Chapman. Chapman scored the winning goal in the third at 14:50 assisted by Kirk Dorman.
The Predators outshot the Rockets 23 - 21.
Netminder Tynan Lauziere earned the win turning away 22 shots. Predators Justin Tugwell made 19 saves.
Both sides went scoreless in power play opportunities. Predators had 7 chances Strathroy 6.
"Our PK is pretty good, I'm happy with our power play." Warren said "But still when your shorthanded that much and your PK is that good usually you bounce back with some offence after that but we just didn't do it and we were one goal too short."
In the white #6 Jay Ritchie, #19 Nick Sproveiro and #47 Steven Beenackers
In the line up tonight were Steven Beenackers and Jay Ritchie who the Predators received in exchange for Kyle Brothers a two time GOJHL All-Star game participant .
Beenackers, a Owen Sound Attack draft pick, was Chathamís underage player last season, scoring four goals and adding 7 assists for 11 points in 47 games. Ritchie, another rookie last season and a Chatham resident, had 1 goal and added 4 assists in 37 games for the Maroons.
"They played well. I put them on the line with Nick Sproveiro and they were one of our more effective lines. They created a little offence and I think they are going to fit in well." Warren said
Lambton Shores is back in action on Tuesday September 10 when they host Chatham at 7:30 pm and again at home on Saturday September 14 with LaSalle coming to town.