Legionnaires Win Important Game
friday january 17, 2014
Nathan Mater shooting from this angle that went into the net.
The Sarnia Legionnaires won an important game last night in front of the home crowd taking a 2 - 1 win over the London Nationals.
"That was playoff game atmosphere right there." Head Coach Dan Rose said "I think you are going to see all the top teams play that way from here on in."
Sarnia is looking to move up in the standings race to secure home ice advantage in the playoffs. The Legionnaires are currently in sixth place but the standings just 1 point away from 5th place Strathroy and 3 points away from London who are in third.
Nathan Mater scored the first goal for the Legionnaires in the first period on a simple shot just inside the blue line that got past traffic and went past London's netminder. PJ Vandervaart and Billy Grillo earned assists on the goal.
London's Keaton Ratcliffe tied the game in the second and in the third Cody Trowell scored the game winner with Ryan Vendramin assisting. London power play and extra man attempt was stymied and the Legionnaires held on to take the win.
"That was two good teams going at it and two good teams playing discipline hockey." Rose said Their goalie made great saves and our goalie made some really good saves. We didn't give them a lot tonight but when we did Hunter came up big and made some nice saves."
Sarnia outshot London 26 - 23. Hunter Johnson earned the win in net made 22 saves. "It was a good team effort can't blame it on one person it was a whole team effort that got us the win." Johnson said
Since joining Sarnia from Niagara Falls Johnson has five wins and two losses and one shoot out loss.
"Playing a couple games a week it's better for me to be in the net and I've been doing a lot of work with goalie coach Paul Burgess."
Sarnia went scoreless on five power play opportunities, London scored one on the same number of opportunities.
There is twelve games remaining in the regular season. The Legionnaires are back in action next Thursday when they host the Lambton Shore Predators, with a game start at 7:05.
"You got to play your best hockey now, you can't be loosey goosey." Rose said "You got to start doing things right and that was by far our best effort as a team this season and that was the first time we had 20 guys in the line up. That is our hockey team and it showed that we can play with anybody.