The Chatham Maroons battle the London Nationals, March 6, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Jocelyn McLaughlin)

Nationals Beat the Maroons 5-2

Austin Kemp scored twice as the London Nationals skated into Chatham Memorial Arena and came out with a 5-2 win over the Maroons Sunday night.

It was a game between two teams jockeying for second place in the GOJHL Western Conference standings.  With London’s win, they hold second place with 51 points, four behind the LaSalle Vipers.  The Maroons are in third just two points behind the Nationals.

It was the first game in a Maroons uniform for Brendan D’Agostino, acquired by the team in a trade over the weekend with Thorold.

The two teams skated to a scoreless tie in the first period, but Kemp’s first goal broke that tie just 32 seconds into the second period.  The Maroons knotted it up at 5:43 on a Steven Beenackers score.  A shorthanded lamplighter from Teddy McGeen at 17:58 gave the Maroons their only lead of the game at 2-1.

The Nationals not only came back in the third period, they took control of the game and did not relinquish it.  Kemp scored his second goal at 7:48 of the stanza, and Max Vinogradov’s goal 23 seconds later gave London the lead for good.  Kyle Dawson and Ethan Nother scored the other two goals for the Nationals in the period.

Cameron Zanussi had 30 saves for London between the pipes, while Chatham’s Lucas Patton collected 33 saves.

The Nationals return home to host St. Marys on Wednesday night, while the Maroons travel to St. Thomas Friday night to play the Stars.