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The London Nationals had their latest three-game winning streak grind to a surprising halt on Wednesday night (Nov. 21).
Playing host to the Lambton Shores Predators at the Western Fair District Sport Complex, the Nationals may have been expecting to have a little less opposition from the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s (GOJHL) Western Conference cellar dwellers.
Instead they ran into a hot Predators netminder, which added with a few snake-bitten Nationals snipers, combined to earn Lambton Shores a 2-1 shootout win.
Skating even through the opening frame, London looked to have finally cracked the seal that goalie Brandon Campbell had put over the Predators net when Aaron Dartch put the Nationals up 1-0 with the help of Noah Schwartz and Derek Todosichuk, just over eight minutes into the second period.
Lambton Shores refused to roll over, however, capitalizing on a power-play opportunity late in the period, putting one past Nationals cager Nikolas Dampier to draw even at 1-1. That is where the score would remain through the balance of regulation time and five minutes of sudden death overtime.
A pair of shootout markers by Predators Adam Arsenault and Kyle Brothers would prove to be the difference as Campbell stymied both Dartch and Schwartz on their attempts, earning Lambton Shores the win.
London will be looking to get back into the win column at the expense of the Sarnia Legionnares who they will face next in a pair of back-to-back games.
Playing first in Sarnia on Thursday (Nov. 22), the two squads will hit the ice again back at the WFD in London on Wednesday (Nov. 28).
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