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Legionnaires Ground Rockets

Sunday January 27, 2013


By Dan McCaffery

The Sarnia Legionnaires picked up another big win Saturday, thumping the Strathroy Rockets 7-4 on the road.

The triumph moved the Legion crew within two points of the Middlesex County squad in the fight for sixth place in the Western Ontario Hockey Conference.

More than that, it was the fifth win in the last six outings for Sarnia. The only Legionnaire loss in the last half dozen contests came in overtime, which means they've collected 11 of a possible 12 points during that stretch.

Jason Teschke led the way Saturday with three goals and an assist.

The outburst left him in first place in the conference scoring race with 69 points, including 32 goals.

"He's a special player in this league, Sarnia head coach Dan Rose said afterward.

Teschke opened the scoring early in the first period with a backhander from the slot.

In the third frame, with the score tied 4-4, he scored twice in less than a minute to give the visitors a two-goal lead. His first of the stanza deflected in off a Rockets defenceman while his second was netted off a rebound.

The triumph was only Sarnia's fifth on the road this year.

After blowing a 4-1 lead in the second period, the Legionnaires scored three unanswered goals in the third.

Nathan Mater had two goals for the Legionnaires, including one into an empty net in the final minute of action. Singles went to Josh Kestner and Brent Sauve.

Kestner's was a dandy, coming on a breakaway in which he deked the goaltender out of position before slipping home a low forehand shot.

Sean Parker made 36 saves to pick up his 15th win of the season. Sarnia had 38 shots on the Strathroy cage.

Rockets goals were scored by Tyler Duarte, Stuart King. Wes Baker and Nick Boyer.

The Legionnaires are in London Wednesday and return home Thursday to face the St. Thomas Stars.








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