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Legionnaires Edged by London Nationals

thursday november 21, 2013

By Dan McCaffery


The Sarnia Legionnaires were edged 3-2 by the London Nationals Wednesday in Western Jr. 'B' hockey action.

"It was a really good road game," Sarnia head coach Dan Rose said afterward. "We outplayed them. Sometimes you win by a goal and sometimes you lose by a goal."

In fact, the Legion crew outshot the Nats 32-22 and had a clear territorial advantage for much of the contest.

But London got the first two goals, with Matt Wildman and Ryan Tuffin blinking the red light.

Riley Babkirk got Sarnia on the board, poking in his sixth of the season in the second stanza to make things close. Cody Trowell and Ryan Vendramin picked up assists on the play.

Not long after that, Trowell did a spin-a-rama move in front of the Nationals net before backhanding in the tying tally.  Vendramin and Babkirk got the helpers on what was Trowell's ninth of the year.

Vendramin just missed giving the Legionnaires the lead less than a minute later.

Austin Kemp got the only goal of the third period to give the home team the win.

Josh Kestner just missed tying the game in the final minute of play.

It was a rough game, with Sarnia losing defenceman Mitch Minder, who went down with a separated shoulder.

Although the Legionnaires had the better of the scoring chances, Sarnia goalie Jake Danson was solid in net and could not be blamed for the outcome.

The Legionnaires return to action Thursday, Nov. 21 when they host the St. Thomas Stars. Game time at the Brock Street Barn is set for 7:10 p.m.










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