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Predators push for playoffs with victory over Legionnaires
andrew brethauer January 25th, 2012

Sarnia, ON - The Lambton Shores Predators have won all three games at the Sarnia Arena this season, winning Thursday night 3-1 over the Sarnia Legionnaires, while improving their chances at making a run for the playoffs.

"We played three really good periods," said Predators Coach Mark Davis. "From the goaltender out, our defence played solid, everyone put effort into it. It wasn't a one man show."

The Predators are six points out of a playoff spot, with the Chatham Maroons ahead of them. While the two teams have similar numbers in the wins column, Chatham has four more overtime losses, earning the extra point to put them in front. The Predators do have a game in hand on the Maroons, and could close the gap to as little as four points with eight games remaining.

Cale Duberry had a pair of goals for the Predators in the first period, first scoring on a pass from Nick Erb behind the net to beat Kyle Washer, and his second would come on the power play, as again Duberry would get in front and put a loose puck into the back of the net, as the Predators lead 2-0 after the first.

Corey Pawley would add a second period goal, keeping on a two-on-one play and sliding a shot low on Washer for a 3-0 Lambton Shores lead.

The Legionnaires would get one back in the middle of the third, as Jason Teschke would find Jesse Drydak across ice for a tap in goal on their own two-on-one, but that would be all the scoring they could get past Brandon Campbell who made 31 saves for his 10th win of the season.

"One thing about this team is they just don't give up," said Davis. "Our last probably six games, we played well we just couldn't score."

The loss to Lambton Shores is the third Thursday night home loss in a row for the Legionnaires who are 2-2-1 at home through the month of January. Sarnia still remains in first place, and coach Dan Rose is not worried yet in the direction the team is heading in at a critical time in the season.

"I'm not worried, but we need to play better," said Rose. "We obviously shown we are capable of it but for whatever reason the last two weeks we are in a funk and played pretty flat."

Sarnia is still missing a few players, but the competitive edge is something Rose felt was lacking in the 3-1 loss. And coming in against a team battling for a playoff spot, Rose says the team needs to come out and compete every single shift if they want to continue winning hockey games.

"They pushed and we didn't respond," said Rose. "The shots we got we good shots, but we were not competing to get to the front of the net. The nature of the game is you have to compete hard, you can't stand around, and we stood around. Give them credit they are still battling."

Tanner Ferguson returned to the Predators Thursday night, having been out of the line up since December 22nd after a hit to the head left him in need of reconstructive surgery to repair the damage.

Lambton Shores will take on London on Sunday to finish out January, while the Legionnaires will head to Strathroy on Saturday night.



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