In Greater Ontario Jr B hockey action last night at the Sarnia arena the Sarnia Legionnaires won their fourth straight win by knocking out the Western Conference leaders LaSalle Vipers by a final score of 5 - 4.
After the first period LaSalle took a 3 - 0 lead by scoring at 4:27 by Daniel Beaudoin and the next two were scored by Aaron Luchuk the first on a power play at 13:54 and the final shorthanded in the last period of play in the first.
"We had played well in the first period." Head Coach Dan Rose said "Three goal leads mean nothing in this league. We just told the kids to keep plugging away."
In the second the Legionnaires came out firing and scored five unanswered goals to take the 5 - 3 lead. Ryan Vendramin and Josh Kestner each scored two goals in the period and Riley Babkirk added a single.
"My line with [Cody] Trowell and [Jordan] Fogerty were playing the puck good." said Ryan Vendramin "We have good chemistry and our whole team was playing great tonight it was a really good game.
Vendramin said they had some concerns after the first period.
"We just came out flying in the second we knew we could come back as a team and it was the best period of the year."
In the third period LaSalle narrowed the gap after Brendan McCann scored at 13:28. As the period was drawing to a close LaSalle pulled their goalie but the Legionnaires held on to take the win.
Sarnia outshot the Vipers 34 - 35.
Netminder Jake Danson earned the win after replacing Legionnaires starting goalie Braden Palocz in the second. Danson made 20 saves Palocz made 10.
"The change in the second was to settle things down a bit." Rose said There is times you have to change for the sake of change and sometimes it gives the guys a little bit of motivation and sends a message to everybody lets get to work and they did."
Cameron Zanussi made 30 saves in the loss.
LaSalle went one for three on the power play, Sarnia went zero for four.
Sarnia is now 11 - 8 - 0 with a total of 22 points for the season and tied for third spot with London
The Legionnaires will travel to Strathroy on Saturday November 9th Strathroy is just one point behind Sarnia, then following Saturday's game the Legionnaires return home on Thursday November 14 hosting London.
Recent changes to the Legionnaires roster had 16 year old Brett Corrigan being reassigned to Lambton Jr Sting Midget AAA and two Mooretown Flags Jr C players Brad Campbell and Ryan Lyle were transferred to the Legionnaires.
There were 1,436 fans in attendance
Three stars included Sarnia's Josh Kestner and Ryan Vendramin earned the first and second start and the third went to Aaron Luckhuk. All three players scored two goals.