Story and Photos by PAT BRETHAUER
"We didn't play well." head coach Dan Rose said after losing to the Lambton Shore Predators 5 - 4 in overtime in the Greater Ontario Junior B hockey league game.
"It was a sloppy sloppy game all over the ice and we weren't ready to play tonight. We had four or five kids that were not ready to play hockey. They were in la la land right from the start."
Sarnia took a 2 - 1 lead after the first period and both sides scored two in the second. In the third the Predators scored the loan goal for the tie that sent the game into overtime where Ryan Trottier scored the game winner with :09 seconds remaining.
Curtis Crombeen (PP) and Jordan Fogarty scored in the first period for the Legionnaires, Riley Babkirk and Josh Kestner (PP) added to the tally in the second.
Scoring in regulation time for the Predators were Ryan Fraser (PP) in the first and Matthew Kenney and Jay Ritchie (PP) in the second and Brent Hammett in the third.
Sarnia had two goals called back. The first after a goalie interference was called on Riley Babkirk after he attempted to score and missed and the puck picked up by Jordan Fogarty who then slapped it in.
The second disallowed goal was in overtime that would have been the game winner for the Legionnaires. Davis Boyer shot the puck that went into the net the same time netminder Justin Fazio kick the pipes off it's moorings.
"That happens. That net was off all night long." Dan Rose said "We've argued about that, the goal tenders tend to push it off."
Both teams scored two power play goals with Lambton Shores scored on eight opportunities, Sarnia had six chances.
Sarnia outshot the Predators 53 - 25. Hunter Johnson suffered the loss with 20 saves.
Despite the loss the Legionnaires took a single point that moved them to 5th spot tied with Strathroy.
Sarnia is back in action tonight when they travel to St. Marys against the Lincolns. St. Marys is battling for the final playoff spot with Lambton Shores. The Lincolns are just 2 points behind the Predators.