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Legionnaires Hunter Johnson Denies Chatham

friday december 5, 2014


Hunter Johnson earned his 1st star selection Thursday night in the 5 - 3 win over the Chatham Maroons after turning away 65 of 68 shots in the Great Ontario Jr. B Hockey league game before the home town fans.

"That was a great effort by our guys tonight they had a ton of shots," head coach Dan Rose said  "I understand that mostly came on the power play, our PK did a great job tonight."

"Johnson kept us in there," Rose said about the outstanding play by his netminder. "Thatís probably the best Iíve seen him play since he been here with the number of shots that he had, there was some point blank shots but he was so focus right from the start he showed a lot of character."

Sarnia opened the scoring at 11:16 in the first with Riley Babkirk scoring on the power play with Cody Trowell and Davis Boyer assisting.  At 14:09 Jay Clarke somehow managed to put the puck in through traffic in front of the net.  Defenceman PJ Vandervaart playing up in the forward position earned an assist along with Jordan Fogarty.

"PJ wants to be in the line up," Rose said "We are carrying eight D (defencemen) right now and we were short handed so he jumped up front. He plays with energy and their D definitely knows heís on the ice when he got in on the fore check. He got two good scoring chances and his line scored a goal for us and it was a big goal. He had a partial breakaway. I think the fans would have went crazy if he had of score.  He brings a lot of energy and heís a good kid. Itís hard to get him in when we have eight D."

On a power play Steven Szekesy blasted a shot from the blue line that found the opening scored the first goal for the Maroons early in the second period and midway into the period Ryan Vendramin scored a power play that gave Sarnia a 3 - 1 lead heading into the third.  Cameron Clark and Sam McCormack assisted on the goal.

In the third period Davis Boyer scored unassisted after shooting the puck from an impossible angle that surprised Chatham's netminder to put the Legionnaires up 4 - 1.  At 13:20 Brennan Feasey scored for Chatham to cut the lead in half.  At 17:31 the Legionnaires took a penalty and in the desperate attempt to score Chatham pulled their goalie for the two man advantage.  That attempt failed after Davis Boyer scored into the empty net.  Still on the power play and with the net empty Chatham did score with Feasey getting his second goal of the game for Chatham.  After a couple of missed empty net attempts time ran out for the Maroons and Sarnia took the win.

Chatham outshot Sarnia 68-32. Both teams scored twice on power play opportunities, Chatham had seven, Sarnia six.


The win gave Hunter Johnson his 14th win of the season. 

"Itís really big, Iíve been struggling a lot in the last couple of game and we struggled last night. We obviously didnít have the best game." Referring to the 7 - 2 loss in London on Wednesday.  "We just knew we had to come back out here because Chatham was right behind us and we had to get those two points and stay in the race for first place."  Sarnia is now 20-8-0 for 40 points, 4 points behind Leamington (22-5-0).  Chatham is in third with a record of 16-9-1 for 33 points.

The Legionnaires are back in action next Thursday December 11 when they host St. Marys at 7:10 at the Sarnia Arena.  St. Marys is sitting in the bottom of the Western Conference with a record of 2-22-2.






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