BY DAN MCCAFFERY
The Sarnia Legionnaires dropped a 5-2 decision to the front running LaSalle Vipers Wednesday.
The local Jr. 'B' hockey club also lost its No. 1 goalie, who had to leave the game with an injury. Sean Parker, who was in a collision with a Vipers forward, left after making five saves in the first five minutes of play. He did not return.
Braden Palocz took over and made 27 stops, including a breakaway save.
Sarnia fired 25 pucks at the LaSalle cage and two of them went in off the sticks of Josh Kestner and Cody Trowell.
Head coach Dan Rose felt the Legion crew competed hard all night. He added the winners got a couple of lucky bounces on two of their goals. Except for a sloppy first period, he said, the Sarnians played a strong game.
In addition to Parker, the Legionnaires were missing defenceman P.J. Vandervaart and captain Davis Boyer, who are both out with injuries.
Sarnia now has a 6-7 won-lost record in the Western Ontario Hockey Conference.
The Legionnaires return to action tonight when they face the London Nationals. The Nationals are two points ahead of Sarnia (7-6). Game time is set for 7:10 at the Sarnia Arena on Brock Street.