The Legionnaires hosted the St. Marys Lincolns and sent them home with an 8 - 1 loss in Greater Ontario Hockey league action in front of 1,249 hockey fans.
"It was a good win, we did a lot of good things out there but it did get a little sloppy at times but that was the nature of this game." Head Coach Dan Rose said "It's hard to create tempo when you got the puck most the time and we mixed up the lines about half way through the game to give some of the younger kids a little bit more ice to see how they do with the older guys and they did well."
In this fast paced game Sarnia scored three unanswered goals in the first and second periods and added two more in the third. Final goal of the night was scored by St. Marys on a power play spoiling Braden Palocz shut out bid who was making his Jr. B debut.
"He did really good in his first start." Rose said "He was a bit nervous before the game and rightfully so being it's his first Jr B game so that sucks up energy. There was some pucks around the net and he handled it well. He seemed to be following the puck well so I was very happy."
#17 Hunter Tyczynski scored 3 goals against St. Marys
Petrolia native Hunter Tyczynski scored 3 goals for the hat trick that included a power play goal and an unassisted short handed goal. Tyczynski has tallied 5 goals in three games so far this season. Josh Kestner (4th) put in two and singles by Ryan Vendramin (2nd) and Davis Boyer and Cody Trowell each scored their first goal of the season.
Sarnia outshot St Marys 42 - 20. Paolcz earned the win with 19 saves. Dylan Hoover took the loss with 34 saves.
Sarnia took the most time in penalties with a total of 34 minutes on 12 infractions giving St. Marys six power play opportunities. St. Marys sat out 20 minutes giving Sarnia three opportunities. Both sides lost two players for fighting. Sarnia PJ Vandervaart and Luke Jackson who have some history between them were the first to go at 3:11 into the first period. Sarnia's Josh Kestner and St Marys Alex Deluce was escorted off midway into the second. "We respect that they have to do that sometimes and as coaches we ask that they keep that at a minimum." Rose said
Sarnia is now 2 - 1 for the season with both wins at home. Next up the team travels to London on Wednesday September 18 against the Nationals who are 0 - 3 so far this season.
"We want to keep the conditioning level, keep the tempo up, keep moving the puck and build off our own wins and hopefully go into London next Wednesday and have a good effort. We played well in London last year we won all three games there and we are excited to get on the road and get a win."
The Legionnaires are back at home the next night on Thursday Sept 19 hosting the LaSalle Vipers. The Vipers are 3 - 0 so far this season. Game time 7:10 at the Sarnia Arena.