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Sarnia Legionnaires Did Not Treat the Lincolns on Halloween Night

friday November 1, 2013



It was no treat for the St. Mary's Lincolns on Halloween night at the Sarnia Arena as the Legionnaires defeated St. Mary's 15 - 5 in Greater Ontario Jr B hockey action.


"What do you do?" Head Coach Dan Rose said after the game "You just keep playing the game.  As that game wore on it just showed that they ran out of gas our guys were moving the puck and we scored some nice goals."


In the first period Sarnia had a 3 - 0 lead and St. Mary's went on and added two and the first ended with the Legionnaires leading 3 - 2.  St. Mary's tied the game early in the second.  After that the scoring frenzy began.


"We just let up after it was 3 - 0, very typical in a game like that. it could of turned into a rout pretty early when it was 3 - 0 but I think the guys let up a little bit and we were a little sloppy in our zone and they got a couple of goals.  But once the guys woke up we went to work and focused on what we needed to do and put a lot of pucks in the net." Rose said



Sarnia scored seven consecutive goals that included two power play goals and a penalty shot by Josh Kestner.  Before the period was over St. Mary's added two goals both on the power play and the period ended with Sarnia leading 10 - 5.


And the scoring didn't end there as Sarnia continued to dominate and added 5 unanswered goals in the third, two on the power play.


In total the Legionnaires scored five power play goals on six opportunities.  St. Mary's scored two on five opportunities.



It was a big night for Riley Babkirk tallying a total of six points in the game with a hat trick and 3 assists. Coming into this game Babkirk had scored one goal so far this season.


"It was good." Babkirk said "Everyone worked hard and we got a lot of goals. We owed them for the last game when we gave them a win. It was a good game, I've been struggling to score goals so it's nice to finally get some."


Ryan Vendramin followed with a total of four points also scoring a hat trick and earning an assist. Tyler Prong earned four points with 1 goal and 3 assists. Curtis Crombeen earned three points with a goal and two assist.  Other goal scorers with singles were Ryan Lyle, Cody Trowell, Jordan Fogarty, Brett Corrigan, Bobby King and Cody Slaght.


Sarnia outshot St. Mary's 39 - 21.  Braden Palocz earned the win playing two periods and newly acquired netminder Jake Danson stepped in for the third period as a warm up for Saturday's game which he is expected to get the start.


Former Sarnia Legionnaire Andrew Ganter and Tyler Beattie were in net for St. Mary's.  The two goalies were shuffled in and out of the game throughout the night.


The Legionnaires are now 9 - 8 for the season and are in a three way tie for 4th spot with London and Chatham all with 18 points.


The Legionnaires are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Forest to take on the Lambton Shores Predators at 7:30 pm.


  • Curtis Crombeen received a major misconduct after he went to the boards and made a clean hit on a St. Mary's player.  After the hit Colin Nancekivell instigated a fight and both were ejected.

    "He has to defend himself." said Rose "It was after the 10 minute mark so he gets a suspension out of it it. I may send the tape into the league, that guy got an instigator he came at him and it was a clean hit so I'm going to send the video into the OHA and ask their opinion of it."

  • Legionnaires earned all three stars of the night with Riley Babkirk earning the 1st star, Bobby King 2nd and Josh Kestner 3rd.

  • There were 984 fans in attendance.











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