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Tough Win for Legionnaires

friday december 12, 2014

The Legionnaires had a tough job Thursday's night against the last place St. Mary Lincolns but came out on top taking a 3 - 2 win before the home town fans in the Greater Ontario Jr. B hockey regular league play.

"It was harder than we expected," head coach Dan Rose said. "At this time of year these team you got to show up to play. The season grinding on and the kids are ready for their Christmas break."

Late in the first period at 18:02 Davis Boyer from Riley Babkirk and Tyler Longo gave the Legionnaires a 1 - 0 lead but :48 seconds later that lead was cut as St. Mary's Sean O'Brien tied the game and the two teams would head into the second with a fresh start.

"It was tougher than we thought but I thought we played well in the first period," Rose said  "We completely out chanced them in the first period it could have been 4 or 5-1 at that point. Their goalie (Andrew Masters) is one of the better goalies in the league and they played a good road game."
Sarnia outshot St. Marys 18 - 9 in the the first.

The score would remain the same heading into the third as neither side score.  In the second St. Marys outshot Sarnia 12 - 6.
"Merlin's a good coach," Rose said about St. Marys head coach Merlin Malinowski. "He had them prepared, plugging up the neutral zone, it was hard to get anything going."

43 seconds into the third period Cody Trowell scored his 23rd of the year on the power play with Kyler Keating and Davis Boyer assisting that gave Sarnia the lead.  At 15:41 Riley Babkirk came from behind the net and found the opening and Sarnia took a two goal lead.  St. Marys continued to fight back and with one Sarnia player sitting in the penalty box St. Mary's pulled their goalie for the 6 on 4 attack and were successful and scored at 19:39 to narrow the gap. After the faceoff St. Marys pulled their goalie again but the Legionnaires held on to take the win.
St. Marys outshot the Legionnaires in the third 10 - 8.

Cornel Felder earned the win turning away 29 shots Andrew Masters also made 29 saves in the game.

Sarnia scored once on five power play opportunities, St. Marys also scored once on seven opportunities.

"Our penalties tonight weren’t undisciplined but we had some penalties that killed our momentum every time we got going. Our PK did a great job tonight other than that we got 2 points and that what’s important." said Rose

"We were missing some bodies but Brock Perry played his first game for us and had some great shifts." 

Perry had three good scoring opportunities including a break when he was tripped up and no penalty called on the play.

The 6'2" Lambton AAA Major Midget forward found the pace quicker. "At the first I was a little nervous but as the game got on it got a little better and I settled down" Perry said   "I got couple shots on net which was not too bad. it was a good time."

Perry comes from a line of athletes including his Great Grandfather Norm Perry a Canadian Football Hall of Famer who led the Sarnia Imperials in winning the Grey Cup in 1934. Also along with his Great Grandfather his Grandfather (Dick) and Father (Jeff)  have all been inducted into the Sarnia Lambton Sports Hall of Fame.

Missing from the lineup were Nathan Mater, Ryan Trottier who are recovering from injuries and are expected back next week.  Jake O'Donnell who was in the Sarnia Sting lineup on Thursday and Tyler Prong who is expected back after the new year.

The Legionnaires are now 21-8-0 for the season and are back at home on Thursday Dec 18 when St. Thomas comes to Sarnia.  Game time is set for 7:10 pm.





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