Maroons forward Brendan D'Agostino warms up ahead of a game against the London Nationals. March 16, 2017. (Photo by Matt Weverink)

Nationals Nip Maroons 7-6 in Overtime (AUDIO)

Steven Beenackers scored twice for the Chatham Maroons, but the London Nationals hung on to win 7-6 in overtime Sunday at Chatham Memorial Arena.

Adam Sinclair scored twice for the Nationals, who take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven GOJHL semifinal series.  Game 4 is Wednesday night.

London scored their first three goals within the first seven minutes of the game.  Brenden Trottier opened things up at 2:28, followed by Brandon Glover just over three minutes later, then a score from Kyle Dawson.  Teddy McGeen got the Maroons on the board, and Jake O’Donnell narrowed the score to 3-2 Nationals when he connected on the power play.  Adam Sinclair put London up by two once more for a 4-2 Nationals lead at the first intermission.

Both teams exchanged goals in the second period, with Beenackers scoring unassisted at 8:37.  Sinclair picked up his second goal of the night later in the period and London maintained another two-goal lead after 40 minutes of play.

Sinclair went to the penalty box just after the start of the third period, and Beenackers made the Nationals pay with a power play goal to cut the  London lead to 5-4.   Ethan Nother got that goal back for the Nationals at 7:44, bringing his playoff point total to 18, second in the GOJHL playoffs.   Less than a minute later, Brendan D’Agostino found the net, and Alec Mackenzie brought the Maroons their only equalizer of the game later in the frame.

The Maroons began the overtime period on the penalty kill, with Noah Bushnell serving a double-minor for spearing.

Austin Kemp took advantage and scored the winner just 42 seconds into the extra frame.

Puck drop for Game 4 is 7:30pm at the Western Fair Centre in London.  Listen to all of the action live on CFCO Country 92.9FM/AM 630.