By Dan McCaffery
LONDON – The Sarnia Legionnaires dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the London Nationals in Jr. 'B' hockey exhibition action Saturday.
In a game that could have gone either way, the Legion crew rallied from a two-goal deficit to square matters at the end of regulation time.
The tying marker came off the stick of 16-year-old Brett Corrigan, who scored with just 19 seconds left on the clock. Fellow rookie Jordan Fogarty set the play up.
Earlier in the third period veteran Davis Boyer found the back of the net, finishing off a beautiful tick-tack-toe passing play with Cody Slaght and Mitchell Minder.
Sarnia might well have won the game in regulation time except for a few bad breaks. One came in the first period, when the Nats scored on a sharp angle shot. The other occurred in the middle stanza when Legionnaire Riley Roberts rang a shot off the post.
"We created a lot of chances out there,” head coach Dan Rose said afterward. “And we got a really nice powerplay goal. We move the puck around well and scored.”
He added he was pleased with the play because “We're looking for creativity” from the players in training camp.
Rose noted the Legionnaires did not go with a full roster. “We still have six or seven guys not in the lineup,” he said.
Goalies Brandon Johnston and Brandon Palocz shared the net for Sarnia. Johnston made 13 saves while surrendering two goals, while Palocz let one of nine shots elude him.
London was credited with 24 shots compared to 20 for Sarnia.
Callum Ruddick, Jeff Bauer and Chris Carriero scored for the winners.
Other players dressed for the Legionnaires included Peter Cabala, Brandon Hayman, Brett Storr, Chad Beauchamp, Spencer Bronzi, Thomas Moxley, Cody Trowell, Hunter Tyczynski, Josh Kestner, Nather Mater and Jay Clarke.