The Sarnia Legionnaires and LaSalle Vipers went back and forth in a fast and solid hockey game for the first two periods but the Legionnaires ran out of steam in the final period and LaSalle forged ahead to take a 4 - 2 win over Sarnia in Greater Ontario Jr B Hockey action.
"We just ran out of steam, the guys got tired" said Sarnia head coach Dan Rose " "With two games in two nights and with just three lines it started to show in the third."
Steve Farlow gave Sarnia the lead in the first after blasting one in from the blueline on a power play. Jason Teschke and Davis Boyer assisted at 9:21. Ben Hanus scored the first goal for LaSalle also on the power play with :42 seconds left in the period.
In the second Josh Kestner took a pass from Nathan Mater and sailed in and outplayed LaSalle's netminder Taylor Speed to give the Legionnaires a 2 - 1 lead. Farlow also assisted on the goal at 5:02. Action continued and with 1:01 left in the second period Rio Anzolin scored for LaSalle tying the game.
Early in the third at 1:17 and on the power play LaSalles's Scott Prier found the opening in front of the net and scored the game winner. Korey Morgan went on and added the assurance goal at 14:57 for LaSalle. Legionnaires ran out of steam and couldn't come up with the extra goals.
"It was a good effort, the game went back and forth and we made one mistake leaving the top shooter open on the penalty kill" said Rose "We are two evenly matched teams. We have improved and we will get a lot better"
Not playing in tonight's game were Derek D'Andrea, Brent Sauve, new acquisition Henry Yawit who came down with the flu on arrival and blueline Chad Beauchamp.
LaSalle outshot Sarnia 28 - 25. Andrew Canter took the loss in net with a total of 24 saves. Winning netminder Tayor Speed made 23 saves.
Sarnia went 1 for 4 on the power play, LaSalle went 2 for 6.
Sarnia is now 11 - 11 - 4 for the season and remain in 7th spot in the standings in the Western Conference.
The Legionnaires are back on the road Sunday when they travel to St. Thomas at 7:00 pm. St. Thomas is currently one point ahead of the Legionnaires.
Thursday Dec 6th
Wooly Toss, please bring hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and when the Legionnaires score their first goal TOSS YOUR WOOLIES
Thursday Dec 13th
Please help the Legionnaires help others by bringing a non-perishable good to the game as a donation to our Food Drive in support of the Inn of the Good Shepherd. In exchange you'll receive a ticket for a chance to win an autographed Legionnaires sweater.
The Legionnaires will be honouring former League Conveynor Bill Weir.
Thursday Dec 20th