By Dan McCaffery
Jesse Drydak's 100th career goal helped propel the Sarnia Legionnaires to a 4-0 win over the Lambton Shores Predators Friday night.
'It was one of our set plays from the faceoff circle,” Drydak said. “Daniel Nikandrov won the draw back to me and I one-timed it into the net, low blocker side. It was pretty exciting.”
The speedy right-winger is the only player in the 62-year history of Sarnia Jr. 'B' hockey to hit the century mark in goals.
Athletes who have played Jr. 'B' in the city over the decades include Hockey Hall of Famers Phil Esposito and Dino Ciccarelli.
Drydak retrieved the puck, which the Legionnaires intend to have mounted and presented to him prior to next Thursday's home game.
With the win Sarnia captured sole possession of top spot in the WOHC standings, two points ahead of the London Nationals.
Jason Tesche staked the Legionnaires to a 1-0 lead in the first period with a hard wrist shot from the slot with Sarnia enjoying a man advantage.
Assists went to Drydak and defenceman Steve Farlow, who set him up with a pretty three-way passing play.
In the second frame, with Sarnia again on the powerplay, Nathan Mater came out from behind the net and tucked home a goal to put the visitors up by a pair.
Shawn Waldie and Matt Cimetta got helpers on the play.
Drydak made it 3-0 not long after that with his historic goal, which in addition to being the 100th of his career, was his 19th of the current campaign.
The prettiest goal of the night came in the third stanza when Waldie and Mater broke in two-on-one.
Waldie sent a perfect pass to Mater, who cut in front and scored from point blank range after faking goalie Brandon Campbell out of position.
Winning goalie Kyle Washer made 21 saves, including a breakaway stop, to post his second shutout of the season.
Washer now has an 11-4 won-lost record.
The Legionnaires had 31 shots on Preds netminder Campbell, who played well despite the outcome.
The Legionnaires, who now sport an 18-8-1 record, also picked up their eighth road victory, which is one more than they won away from home all last year.