By Dan McCaffery
A rash of needless penalties cost the Sarnia Legionnaires a game they probably should have won Thursday.
Coach Dan Rose's club put itself shorthanded on 10 separate occasions on its way to a 6-4 loss to the Lambton Shores Predators.
The Preds took advantage of the gaffs to score three powerplay goals, including two that came with the Legionnaires playing two men short.
In the third period, with the outcome still in doubt, the Sarnians essentially handed the game to the visitors by taking undisciplined penalties.
When the teams were playing at even strength, Sarnia was clearly the better club. In fact, the home squad outshot the Preds 40-33.
But Lambton Shores played a smarter game. They were shorthanded only four times all evening. And their goaltender, Brandon Campbell, was outstanding from start to finish.
The outcome spoiled what should have been a night of celebration for the Legionnaires.
Prior to the game, it was announced that goalie Kyle Washer had been named the Western Ontario Hockey Conference netminder of the month for October. Defenceman Anthony Donati, meanwhile, was named WOHC rearguard of the month.
To top things off, rightwinger Jesse Drydak scored two goals, including the 92nd of his career, to become the all-time Sarnia Jr. 'B' scoring leader.
Other Legionnaire goals went to Jeff Paulley and Nathan Mater.
Kyle Brothers was the hero for the Predators, scoring three goals.
The final Lambton Shores goal was into an empty net.
Paid attendance was 1,412.
The Legionnaires, who suddenly find themselves on a two-game losing streak after winning 11 in a row, will be in Strathroy Saturday to face the Rockets.
The Predators, who have now won five of its last six games will host St. Thomas on Saturday night at 7:30.