By Dan McCaffery
The Sarnia Legionnaires pulled off their second come-from-behind victory in two nights Thursday, edging the Chatham Maroons 5-4 in Jr. 'B' hockey exhibition play.
Rookie Tyler Longo's breakaway goal late in the third period game the Legionnaires the win before a good sized crowd at the Brock Street Barn.
Twenty-four hours earlier, the club had staged a dramatic comeback to defeat the St. Thomas Stars 6-4.
"It was a really good game,” head coach Dan Rose said of Wednesday's affair. “The teams were pretty evenly matched. They had 10 veterans dressed and we had 11.”
The only cloud hanging over the game came just before the mid-point of the second period when veteran Sarnia goalie Hunter Johnson left with an injury. He did not return to action but stayed on the bench. Afterward, Rose said Johnson had taken a stick in the throat but was not seriously hurt.
The bigger Maroons appeared to be trying to out-muscle the home team throughout the contest.
But Rose vowed his club will stand up to anybody.
Nick Delyzer opened the scoring for the visitors early in the second period. But Riley Roberts squared matters shortly after that, scoring from close range while standing just off to the side of the net. Jay Clarke and Cameron Clarke picked up assists on the play.
Cody Trowell gave the Legion crew the lead at the 2:35 mark when he finished off a nifty two-on-one break. Davis Boyer got the lone helper.
But the Maroons stormed back, with Connor Annett and Delyzer giving them a 3-2 edge going into the third frame.
Trowell tied things up early in the final stanza when he deflected home a P. J. Vandervaart point shot.
Ted Green put Chatham ahead once again but Roberts got his second of the game unassisted to knot the affair at 4-4 and set the stage for Longo's winner.
With the Legionnaires two-men short in the final minute of play, Chatham pulled their goalie, giving them a three-man advantage. But Legionnaires netminder Cornel Felder held the fort for the win.
Sarnia outshot Chatham 37-28.