By Dan McCaffery
LEAMINGTON – The Sarnia Legionnaires probably deserved a better fate than the one they suffered here Sunday.
Coach Dan Rose's Western Ontario Hockey Conference club dropped a 4-2 decision to the hometown Leamington Flyers despite enjoying a wide edge in play.
Officially, the home side outshot the visitors, with the Flyers being credited with 28 shots on goalie Sean Parker. Sarnia fired 24 pucks at Matt Mancina. But what the stats don't show is the quality of those shots. The Legionnaires had five breakaways and just missed several open nets. In fact, they dominated the second period, outscoring Leamington 2-0 and out-chancing them by a much larger margin than that.
The game was a complete reversal of a contest played in Sarnia last week in which Leamington dominated for much of the night, only to lose 4-3. To their credit, the Flyers displayed strong killer instinct on the powerplay last night, firing home three goals with the extra man.
The Legionnaires also looked strong on the powerplay, although they failed to find the back of the net. Josh Kestner and Jason Teschke scored for the Sarnians.
Leamington broke a 2-2 tie with just over four minutes left in the third period. With a little over half a minute to go, Legionnaire rearguard Jeff King broke in shorthanded, only to be foiled at point blank range by Mancina.
As so often happens in hockey, after the Legionnaires missed that glorious opportunity, the Flyers went back up ice and scored to seal the win.
The Sarnians return to action Wednesday when they travel to London to face the Nationals.They will be home Thursday to the LaSalle Vipers. Game time at the Brock Street Barn is set for 7:10 p.m.