By Dan McCaffery
In Greater Ontario Jr B hockey league action the Sarnia Legionnaires edged the Lambton Shores Predators 6-4 in a chippy contest played Saturday in Forest.
Nathan Mater and Hunter Tyczynski scored twice each for the winners, with single markers going to Jordan Fogarty and Cody Trowell.
Matt Kenney, Nick Sproveiro, Colin Burns and Ty Jackson scored for Lambton Shores.
Sarnia goalie Hunter Johnson made 22 saves to pick up the win, while Preds netman Justin Fazio suffered the loss, despite making 38 stops.
Both goalkeepers made a number of splendid saves. Johnson, for one, made a great glove block in the first period. Not to be outdone, Fazio turned back a breakaway by Sarnia scoring ace Josh Kestner and stoned Davis Boyer from point blank range.
The Predators were ahead 4-2 early in the final frame when a melee broke out, sending four players to the showers with game misconducts for fighting and two others to the penalty box for roughing.
Less than a minute later, Trowell stole a puck in front of the Lambton Shores net and buried a backhander to get the Legionnaires back in the game. Three more Sarnia goals followed in the last half of the period to give the visitors the triumph.
The final goal, off the stick of Tyczynski, went into an empty net.
With the victory the Legion improved to 18-15-1, good enough for sixth place in the Western Ontario Hockey Conference, five points back of London.
The win also snapped a three-game Sarnia losing streak.
Mater got the winner, racing in on a breakaway to score his second of the game and 12th of the season.
"The puck squirted into the middle, the defence mishandled it and I busted toward the net, Mater said later. He (Fazio) made the save and it just trickled in over top of him.
Mater praised both teams, saying. It was a hard fought win, there's no doubt about that.
The Legionnaires were shorthanded 11 times, including three occasions when they were down two men. Lambton Shores, which scored twice on the power-play, faced only two shorthanded situations.
Sarnia returns to action Thursday when they host the first place LaSalle Vipers. Game time at the Brock Street Barn is set for 7:10 p.m.