The Sarnia Legionnaires are tired of losing and it showed taking a 10 - 0 win against he St. Thomas Stars Thursday night in Sarnia before a crowd of 1,118 Greater Ontario Hockey League fans.
"The kids were tired of losing. No one understood why they were low in the standings but we knew we had a better team than that" said Coach Dan Rose "I think the kids just decided that they were tired of the results. They weren't tired of each other or tired of coming to the rink, they were just tired of the results and the only thing you can do if you want something to change is change it yourself."
Davis Boyer led the Legionnaires with 4 goals and 2 assists for a six point night. Derek D'Andrea and Jason Teschke each had a goal and four assists for five points.
"The bounces were going my way." said Davis Boyer after the game "Tescke, D'Andrea and me are clicking and everyone was going tonight. Some of the goals were popping out on my stick and it's easy playing with those guys."
Jeff Paulley, Matt Cimetta, Josh Kestner and Spencer Bronzi added singles to round out the scoring balance.
St. Thomas outshot the Legionnaires 34 - 30. Sean Parker earned the shut out win. St. Thomas came to the game with one goalie and that left Donald Edwards taking the loss.
" It's Jr B, we did leave some scoring chances there and Parker came up big and made some good saves when he had to despite of the fact we won 10 - 0." said Rose "He played really really well, he made some nice saves when he had to, he was solid, he was focus he was following the puck."
The Legionnaires scored one goal on four power play opportunities and were perfect killing off all five of the Stars power play opportunities.
The Legionnaires are now 15 - 17 - 6 for the season with 36 points, two points ahead of St. Marys and Lambton Shores. Currently St. Marys is one game back and Lambton Shores is three games back.
The Legionnaires look to widen that lead when they host St. Marys next week on Thursday January 17 at 7:10 at the Sarnia Arena.
Sean Parker was honoured as the first star of the night, Davis Boyer second star and Derek D'Andrea earned third star.
In the game tonight was newly acquired Corey Giffel from Elliot Lake.
"He looked a little nervous at the start." said Rose "He had a little skate issue in the first half of the game and had to get his skate sharpened. I'm sure he was nervous, but as the game went on he made some really nice plays I was impressed."
The Legionnaires has also added more size up front with the addition of Cody Slaght a six-foot-three, 220 pound forward from Elliot Lake. Slaght was not in Thursday's game.
Released from the team were Henry Yawit and Zack Tuchklaper. The trade deadline was Thursday at midnight. The Legionnaires were looking at one more player, but if that deal fell through Rose said they are fine with what they have.