The Sarnia Legionnaires ended the regular season Saturday with a victory over the Lambton Shores Predators that put them one win over the .500 mark for the campaign.
The Legion crew won 5-2, finishing the Western Jr. ‘B’ hockey schedule with a record of 23-22-2-3.
With the loss, the Preds were mathematically eliminated from the post season.
Sarnia started the game strong, with Ryan Vendramin scoring his 24th of the season on a two-on-one break to give the visitors a 1-0 lead less than six minutes into the opening frame.
Brandon Layman and Brock Perry assisted on the play.
Ethan Sarfati squared matters a few minutes later, but defenceman Eric Marsh scored late in the period with a hard drive from the blueline to put the visitors back out in front.
Captain Hunter Tyczynski and Ryan Trottier set up the marker, which was Marsh’s fourth of the year.
Sarnia played an undisciplined second period, taking a number of needless penalties, one of which led to a goal by the Preds Gino Mini.
In the third stanza, with the game tied 2-2, Tyczynski picked up a loose puck on the lip of the crease and poked it home to give the Legionnaires the lead for good.
Trottier and Jordan Fogarty got helpers on the goal, which was Tyczynski’s 11th of the season.
With less than five minutes left, Brendan Shegena made it 4-2, rifling a drive under the crossbar after taking a pass from Joey Zappa. Alec DeKoning also assisted on what was Shegena’s fourth of the year.
Brandon Layman rounded out the scoring a little later with a drive from between the faceoff circles. The tally was his 24th, tying him for the team lead with Vendramin. Vendramin and Konnor Roskovich drew assists.
Coach Mark Davis used both of his goalies, with Shayne Battler getting the win. In all, Battler and Aidan Hughes faced 38 shots. The Sarnians had 30 shots on Preds goalie Anthony Hurtubise.