The Sarnia Legionnaires were defeated 5-3 Thursday by the London Nationals.
“We didn’t do the little things, we didn’t finish our checks,” Sarnia head coach Mark Davis lamented afterward.
There were also a number of defensive breakdowns, with Nats snipers being left alone in the slot time and again.
Davis added the Legionnaires played well for only 28 minutes. “We played good in the first period and for eight minutes in the third.”
Jordan Fogarty put Sarnia ahead 1-0 in the first frame with a power-play goal. Standing in the slot, he rifled home his 11th of the campaign, beating goalie Zack Weir high on the glove side. Ryan Vendramin and Brock Perry set the play up.
But it was all London in the middle period, with John Adams, Austin Kemp, Matt Doty, John Warren and Tanner Ferreira finding the back of the net.
Trailing 5-1 after two periods, the Legionnaires got a simple message from their coach.
“I asked them to win the third period and they went out and did,” Davis said.
Ethan Dupont scored just past the mid-point of the stanza to cut the lead to 5-2. Jarret Marks and Jacob Stos got helpers on what was Dupont’s third of the year.
In the final minute of play, Vendramin redirected the puck into the cage for his 18th of the season. Brad Yowart and Brandon Layman assisted.
Sarnia had 27 shots on Weir.
Aidan Hughes and Shayne Battler faced 39 London drives. Battler was tagged with the loss.
Attendance at the Brock Street barn was 1,326.
The Legionnaires return to action Saturday when they travel to Strathroy to take on the Rockets.
Vendramin now has 10 points in his last five games.