By Dan McCaffery
Sarnia Legionnaires head coach Dan Rose has some tough decisions to make before finalizing his roster.
That became evident in St. Thomas Tuesday as the Legion crew rallied from a 4-1 deficit to nip the hometown Stars 6-4 in Jr. B hockey exhibition.
Newcomer Shawn Moulis had two goals for the victors and rookie rearguard Gino Mini blinked the red light as well. Alex Dekoning and Franco Sproviero, two other rookies vying for spots, picked up two assists each. Austin Hewton, Colton Osborne and Sam McCormack -- none of whom were on the squad last year -- also had helpers.
If that wasn't enough, rookie goalie Cornel Felder was solid in net, making a number of good saves.
"There will be one or two tough decisions to make," Rose said. He added, "There always are (difficult choices to make). The last guy you cut could probably play in the league. But you have to make decisions and you hope you don't make a mistake."
Veteran Ryan Lyle made a case for his return to the lineup this winter by scoring a third period hat-trick.
Two of his markers came in almost identical fashion, with Lyle storming the net before poking home loose pucks lying in the blue paint.
He was Johnny-on-the-spot again in the final minute of play, springing into the clear to score a breakaway goal into an empty Stars cage.
Christian Petrozza had three goals for St. Thomas, with Adam Truax potting the other marker.
The Legionnaires return to action tonight when they host the Chatham Maroons. Game time at the Brock Street Barn is set for 7:10 p.m.