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Sarnia Legionnaires Edge St. Marys Lincolns

saturday november 14, 2014

By Dan McCaffery

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Goalie Hunter Johnson's stellar performance Friday helped the Sarnia Legionnaires edge the St. Marys Lincolns 2-1.

Johnson kicked out 33 shots, many of them of the difficult variety, to pick up his 11th win of the Western Jr. 'B' hockey season.

"Johnson played extremely well,” assistant coach Bob Farlow said. “He saved us. There were a lot of tough shots.”

Tyler Longo scored the winner, firing home a rebound from the slot in the second period. For Longo, it was just his second tally of the season. Davis Boyer and Cameron Clarke drew assists on the play.  

Longo's only previous goal came back on Oct. 1.

"It's been awhile,” Longo said. “It was good to get the monkey off my back. Hopefully, I'll get a few more in the next couple of games.”


Riley Babkirk opened the scoring, getting himself wide open before burying a shot from the side of the net. Boyer and Cody Trowell set the play up. For Babkirk, it was his 11th goal of the campaign.

Boyer's two assists on the night brought his points total up 40, tops in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Sean O'Brien blinked the red light for St. Marys early in the final frame.


The Legionnaires had 25 shots on the Lincolns cage.

It was a rough game, featuring a fight as well as penalties for checking from behind, spearing and head checking.

Farlow said, “We were playing shorthanded but the kids fought through that and got the two points.”


Players missing included captain Nathan Mater and Ryan Trottier (both injured) and Tyler Prong and Jordan Fogarty (both suspended).

With the triumph Sarnia improved its won-lost record to 16-5.

The Legionnaires are in second place in the Western Jr. 'B' hockey standings, three points up on the Chatham Maroons and just two back of the front-running Leamington Flyers.

Sarnia has a game in hand on the Tomato Town team.








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