Sarnia Legionnaires Competed Hard to Win
wednesday december 4, 2013
"The Boys really competed hard tonight and they showed a lot of character." Head Coach Dan Rose said after his team defeated the Leamington Flyers 6 - 4. Leamington is one of the top teams in the Greater Ontario Hockey League and holds second place in the Western Conference.
"Leamington don't like losing. They only lost six games and they didn't take it well as they were getting a little chippy out there but at the same time they were competing hard to win and our guys just stood up to them and kept coming." Rose added
After the first period of play the Legionnaires took a 3 - 2 lead. Leamington got on board first when Ryan Muzzin scored at 4:13 only to have that goal wiped out after Cody Trowell scored a minute and seven seconds later with. Ryan Vendramin an7d Riley Babkirk earned assists on the goal. Leamington again took the lead just over two minutes later with David Dalby scoring, then at 14:49 Curtis Crombeen evened the score on a power play with Josh Kestner and Jay Clarke assisting. Just :15 seconds later Riley Babkirk gave Sarnia the lead for the first time in the game. Vendramin earned his second point of the game picking up the assist along with Cody Trowell.
In the second the fans got their monies worth when Josh Kestner scored two back to back power play goals in the first minute of the period just :29 seconds apart that included a breakaway goal rush that went end to end. "I had a good dish and had some speed, crossed over and made a good move and broke a stick in the process and it just slid in." Kestner said
Clarke and Trowell earned earned their second point of the night assisting on the first goal, Nathan Mater and Tyler Prong assisted on the second.
At 1:13 Leamington scored on an unassisted goal by Dylan Sequin and the action continued until the end of the period with Sarnia leading 5 - 3.
In the third both sides continue to fight hard and it wasn't until 18:32 when Bobby King took a pass in front of the net from Jordan Fogarty
to give the Legionnaires a safe lead. Riley Roberts picked up an assist on the goal. Daniel Robertson added Leamington final goal at 19:21 but it wasn't enough as the Legionnaires held on to the lead to win the game.
Leamington suffered 40 minutes in penalty minutes on seventeen infractions giving the Legionnaires eight power play opportunities which they scored three on. Sarnia took 20 minutes on eleven infractions giving up and stopping three power play attempts by the Flyers.
Jake Danson earned the win for the Legionnaires stopping 41 of 45 shots by the Flyers. Austyn Roudebush took the loss made 37 saves on 43 shots.
The Legionnaires now has sole possession of fourth place with a record of 16 wins and 12 losses for 32 points. Two points behind London and one point ahead of Strathroy.
"We want to finish as high as we can in the standings for home ice in the playoffs so every point we get is huge" said Rose.
The Legionnaires are idle now until next Thursday Dec 12 when they host the Chatham Maroons at 7:10 pm at the Sarnia arena. This game is the annual Wooly Toss where the team encourages fans to bring new mittens and hats and after the first home goal is scored fans can toss them on the ice. The Woolies will be given to needy children in the community.
Josh Kestner Accepts Scholarship
The Legionnaires made a formal announcement after the game that Josh Kestner has been awarded an NCAA Division 1 scholarship by the University of Alabama.
“To be honest, I'm speechless. It's been a dream of mine since I was a little kid to play Division 1 hockey.”
Kestner is from Huntsville, Alabama. He's happy and appreciates having the opportunity to play in Canada.
"First of all it's Canada. Canada is a great hockey place."
Kestner is the Legionnaires leading scorer and credits his team mates and coaches for helping him with his success.