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Legionnaires double Stars

friday december 13, 2013

By Dan McCaffery

 #20 Billy Grillo

File photo

A pair of newly-acquired players led the Sarnia Legionnaires to a 4-2 win over the St. Thomas Stars Friday.

Goalie Hunter Johnson made several terrific saves and rearguard Billy Grillo was rock solid on the blueline as the Legion crew won its 6th road game of the season. That matches the number of victories Sarnia picked up all of last year.

Grillo was one of only four defencemen dressed. D-men missing with injuries included Curtis Crombeen, who was hurt in Thursday's loss to Chatham, P. J. Vandervaart, Mitch Minder and Hayden Allen.

Also missing was top-scorer Josh Kestner, who received a one-game suspension for a hit from behind against the Maroons 24 hours earlier.

"Grillo really impressed me with his sense of where to be on the ice, where to pressure and when to pressure,” Legionnaires head coach Dan Rose said.

As for Johnson, the bench boss said, “He controlled the rebounds and moved the puck well.”

Johnson, a Wyoming native picked up in a straight cash deal with Niagara Falls of the GOJHL's Golden Horseshoe Conference, made a fantastic second period glove save. In fact, he went low and caught a drive labeled for the corner.

Shots on goal were not announced at the game and were not available on Pointstreak as of this writing.

John Warren put the Stars ahead in the first period, scoring the only goal of the opening frame.

But Thomas Moxley came off the point and whipped home a hard drive from the top of the faceoff circle to tie the game in the middle stanza. Less than half a minute later, Riley Babkirk scored while standing directly between the faceoff circles.

But before the period ended the Stars deadlocked affairs, with Lucas Triemstra blinking the red light.

In the final period rookie Jordan Fogarty banged in a loose puck during a mad scramble at the side of the net to put Sarnia ahead for good.

Nathan Mater got the insurance marker not long after that with a blistering shot from the top of the faceoff circle.

The Legionnaires, who are now 17-13, climbed to within one point of fifth place Strathroy in the Western Jr. 'B' standings. They return to action next Thursday when they host the St. Marys Lincolns.

Game time at the Brock Street Barn is set for 7:10 p.m.









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