Sarnia Legionnaires defeated the first place Chatham Maroons by a score of 7 - 4 in Greater Ontario Jr B Hockey League action on Thursday before 1,115 fans at the Sarnia Arena.
"That was a good game for 55 minutes we played about as good as we good play." said Coach Dan Rose "I thought we a great job all over the ice. It got a little hairy at the end but that's Jr. B"
Sarnia scored the only goal in the first period with just :07 seconds left on the clock by Brent Sauve from Jason Teschke and Derek D'Andrea. In the second Jeff King scored a power play goal assisted by Matt Cimetta and Josh Kestner to give the Legionnaires a 2 - 0 lead heading into the third.
Derek D'Andrea started things off :46 seconds into the third scoring another power play goal to widen the legionnaires lead to 3 - 0.
At 4:46 Maroon's Alexander Morgan challenged Sarnia's Steve Farlow to a duel. Farlow resisted leaving Morgan standing dukeing it out on his own that resulted in something that many have never seen before, a nine minute penalty. He received two minutes for instigating a fight, two minutes for fighting aggressor and five minute major for fighting and then left the game taking a game misconduct.
"He came up and asked if I wanted to fight." said Steve Farlow after the game "I said our coach told us that he wants us in the game. So he [Morgan] didn't like that too much so he came at after me. I just started laughing."
The nine minute penalty resulted in two quick power play goals the first at 6:09 by Cody Slaght from Teschke and Kestner and the second at 6:39 by Nathan Mater from Kestner and Cimetta and Sarnia took a 5 - 0 lead.
"I asked some of the other guys if they seen a nine minute penalty, some said they had seen it once but I never did. In the same sense it kind of hurt us" said Farlow "We were kind of lackadaisical and took our time breaking out and if that didn't happen we would have kept at the same pace as we were."
Hunter Tyczynski added the sixth goal at 10:21 with Corey Giffel and Chad Beauchamp earning assists.
Sarnia then took a couple of penalties that gave Chatham power play opportunities the first at 14:42 by Sean Myers and less than a minute later Eric Palazzolo scored the second at 15:13. Chatham continued to put the pressure on and added goal number three at 16:41.
In another turn of events that left people wondering is when net minder Sean Parker received a delay of game at 18:09 that resulted in a penalty shot. Parker had pushed the net off to attract the attention of the referee's because he thought Chatham had two many men on the ice. Sarnia was battling a penalty and Chatham had pulled their goalie giving them two extra men, Parker did not see the goalie being pulled. Brennan Feasey took the penalty shot but was stopped by Parker. Feasey however did score at 19:02 to narrow the lead to 6 - 4. With the net still empty in Chatham's end Sarnia finished the night scoring an empty netter to take the win. Davis Boyer scored the final goal unassisted.
Parker turned away a total of 34 shots in the win. Darien Ekblad allowed five goals made a total of 34 saves and was replaced in the third by Scott Tricker who turned away 6 shots.
Chatham went two for nine on power plays, Sarnia went four for twelve.
"That was a good game: said Rose "On a scale of one to ten I'd give it an eight and a half. We played well it showed that we can play with anybody."
Sarnia secured a place in the playoff round. With three games left in the regular season Sarnia takes to the road tonight (Feb 15) when they travel to St. Mary's. On Sunday they travel will travel to Leamington then back at home next Thursday Feb 21 for their final game of the regular season.
Not in the line up were Tyler Prong who is down with mono, P.J. Vandervaart is on suspension and Spencer Bronzi with flu.
Three star line up included included Sean Parker earning number one star, Matt Cimetta second and Jason Teschke third.