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Legionnaires Played Terrible in Loss against London

friday november 15, 2013


Sanria Legionnaires Head Coach Dan Rose summed it up after the game.


"It was about the sloppiest Jr. B game that you are are going to see." Rose said about the loss against the London Nationals in the Greater Ontario Hockey League game .


"We were terrible from the blueline in tonight; and as crazy as this sounds their goalie outplayed our goalie tonight in a 9 - 7 hockey game."


London's netminder Jacob Riley made 38 of 45 shots fired at him, Sarnia's Jake Danson blocked 29 of 38 shots.


Nathan Mater opened the scoring just :04 seconds into the game then went on and gave Sarnia a 2 - 0 lead with his second goal of the night at 7:17 on the power play.


Mater's goal tied a 49 year old Ontario Jr B record for fastest goal at the start of the game that was set by former Sarnia Legionnaire player Don Cain vs Windsor Spitfires on Dec. 1, 1964. 




After Mater's two goals London went on and scored five goals, three in the first period and two in the second before Sarnia added two to tighten the Nationals lead.  Before the second ended both teams shared goals and the score was 6 - 5 for London at the end of the period.


Third period saw London scoring on the power play to take a two goal lead, but the Legionnaires battled back and tied the game only to have London regain the lead :18 seconds later.  Just over two minutes later London scored the final goal and time ran out for the Legionnaires.


"We were sloppy all over the ice from the blue line in." Rose again said  "We probably handed four or five goals just on turnovers."


Tristen Elie 3 goals led the Nationals in the win.  Derek Todosichuk scored 2 and Paul Hopkins, Ryan Tuffin, Keaton Ratcliffe, Matt Wildman each scored singles.



Besides Mater's two goals Josh Kestner added a pair and Cody Trowell, Jordan Fogarty and Cody Slaght each added singles.

Kestner wasn't please with the overall result of the game. "D zone coverage was terrible. Kestner said  "I think it was a team effort that didn't go right."


The Legionnaires are now 11-10 for the season, are back in action on Friday when they travel to St. Marys to face the Lincolns.  St. Mary's is struggling with a record of 2-17- 1 for the season.


"We have to tighten things up for tomorrow night when we are in St. Marys." Kestner said "We got to go an hour and half there and it's going to be a tough game.  Every game is tough we got to treat it the same."









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