ST.MARYS -- The Sarnia Legionnaires are rapidly developing into a team that's in danger of missing the playoffs.
Coach Dan Rose's Western Ontario Hockey Conference club got whipped 7-3 by the St. Marys Lincolns Friday, dropping its fourth straight game in the process.
Sarnia is now tied for the eighth and final playoff spot with the Lincs.
And the ninth place Lambton Shores Predators, who have been on fire of late, are just three points back.
Besides being outscored, the generally smaller Legionnaire forwards were often manhandled by the bigger Lincolns, who were hitting everything in a black-and-red jersey.
Besides that, the team seldom won faceoffs, got some questionable goaltending and continued to struggle on the power play (although they did manage to score with a two-man advantage).
Sarnia was in the contest for only one period. In fact, they trailed only 1-0 after the first frame. And they came close to coming out of it on even terms, but were denied a goal when Jeff Bauer hit the crossbar.
In the middle stanza the Legionnaires tied the game, with rookie rearguard Jeff King scoring with a shot from the point. Defenceman Steve Farlow drew an assist on what was King's second goal of the Western Ontario Hockey Conference campaign.
But the roof caved in after that, with the home team scoring four straight goals to take a big lead. Two of those markers came with St,. Marys enjoying a two-man advantage.
Farlow put some window dressing on the score when he charged into the crease and poked in his ninth of the year. Thomas Moxley and Bobby King were credited with helpers on the play.
In the third period, Davis Boyer got Sarnia's third goal, roofing a shot after being set up by Bauer and Jason Teschke.
The Legionnaires also hit a goal post in the last minute of play.
There was one fight in the game, in which Legionnaire captain Jeff Paulley held his own with his opponent.
Sean Parker and Andrew Ganter shared the goaltending duties for Sarnia, facing a combined total of 48 shots.
The Legionnaires had 36 shots on the St. Marys net.
Sarnia returns to action next Thursday December 13 when it faces the Strathroy Rockets at the Brock Street Barn.
The Legionnaires will be holding their annual turkey toss. Fans are encouraged to bring can good donations for the Food Drive in support of the Inn of the Good Shepherd. The Legionnaires will also be honouring former League Conveynor Bill Weir.