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Sarnia Legionnaires Defeat Lambton Shores Predators

friday november 14, 2014


The Legionnaires back in the win column on Thursday night after defeating the Lambton Shores Predators 6 - 4 in Greater Ontario Jr. B league action at the Sarnia Arena before 1,309 local fans.


"All and all that wasn't a bad game," head coach Dan Rose said. "It's a win and something that's positive for our hockey team right now."

After a sleepy first period the Legionnaires took a 1 - 0 lead late in the period at 18:24 when Cody Trowell parked in front of the net took the pass and tapped it in. Riley Babkirk and Davis Boyer earned the assist on the play.  

At 1:27 in the second period the same line combination added the second goal with Davis Boyer scoring assisted by Babkirk and Trowell.


"They dominated, they're 20 years old they should," Rose said "They're strong and showing what they are capable of. We tried all different line combinations since we been shorthanded so we thought we put at least one strong line together and get some goals to see what happens and challenge everyone else to do their job."




The third goal was a power play goal scored a minute later on a power play after Kyler Keating banged it in from the blueline.  Babkirk and Brad Campbell picked up the assist.  Sarnia then widened their lead to 4 - 0 when Boyer scored his second goal at 6:49 with Brandon Layman and Trowell earning the assists. 

"We were up 4 - 0 and we were playing pretty well and that five minute major killed us."  Rose said referring to the next two power play goals that was scored by the Predators.  The first by Ryan Fraser at 17:27 and at 17:53 by Ethan Sarfati. 


Heading into the third with a 4 - 2 lead for the Legionnaires Ryan Vendramin tapped it into the open side with help from his two defencemen Sam McCormack and Cameron Clarke.  The Predators continued to battle back and after having one goal waved off they came back and score shortly after when Ethan Sarfati roofed it into the top of the net for his second of the night. Legionnaires found themselves back in the penalty box and the Predators scored at 14:08 when a second penalty was being called on the power play giving the Predators a 6 - 4 man advantage and Sean Ross scored to narrow the gap to 5 - 4.


"It's something those calls are going to happen and we battled through it," Rose said "Give them credit they had an opportunity to get back into the game and they fought their way back."



Davis Boyer regained the two goal spread at 17:06 scoring his third of the night and the game ended with the Legionnaires taking the win.  

"I guess they kind of bounced my way and my line mates worked well all night they just kept firing at the net for me," Boyer said after the game about his performance. "It was tough we had to kill off that five minute penalty and they got a couple of goals on that.  We had to regroup  even though we still had a two goal lead we just tried to get back to playing our game."

Babkirk earned his 4th assist on the final goal.


Shots on goal were even with 38 apiece.  Hunter Johnson picked up the win for Sarnia made 34 saves.  Andrew Harriman-Duke made 34 saves for Lambton Shores.

Sarnia went one for two on the power play, Lambton Shored scored three times on six opportunities.

The Legionnaires are now sitting in second place in the Western Conference with a record of 15-5-0  trailing four points but two games back behind Leamington (17-5-0).


"It's been a real tough couple of weeks a lot of injuries and a couple of suspensions, "Boyer said "I think it's good for us to get a win at home and hopefully build on that tomorrow on the road."


The team travels to St. Mary's Friday.  St. Mary's is in last place (2-16-2).  Next week the Legionnaires have another road gamel to LaSalle (11-9-0) on Wednesday November 19 before returning home on Thursday to face off against Strathroy (10-12-0).






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