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Sarnia Legionnaires Last Minute Goal Decides Game

friday november 28, 2014


Jake O'Donnell scored his first of the season and game winning goal with 38 seconds remaining to give the Sarnia Legionnaires the 6 - 5 win against the Chatham Maroons in Jr. B hockey league action Thursday night at the Sarnia Arena.


"It was great to get the first one out of the way." O'Donnell said after the game. "The bounces hadnít been going my way in the offensive zone but we got the win thatís the main part."


In the first period the Legionnaires scored 3 and Chatham scored 2 both power play goals.


"The first period was probably as good a period we played all year," Head Coach Dan Rose said "Other than their power play goals, one was just a screen shot and the other one was just a good play."




In the second the Legionnaires scored 2 goals to take a 5 - 2 lead but the Maroons battled back and scored 3 goals to even the score and the two teams started the third tied at 5 - 5.


"Second period they out worked us," Rose said "We out worked them in the first but the boys we were out of steam or out of gas in the third but the guys sucked it up we hung in there."

"I would have been content going into overtime and getting a point after playing a good hockey team, but good hockey teams work hard and you get breaks and we got a break when Jake OíDonnell got his first goal of the year when he let it go and it went off the Dís stick right over the goalie shoulder and in. Thatís a character builder for our hockey team."



Ryan Vendramin led the Legionnaires in scoring with 2 goals and added an assist for a 3 point night. 

"Ryan in the last three weeks has played the best hockey since he got here," Rose said  "Heís competing hard, he gets pucks in the net he can fire a puck heís just a gifted scorer and he gets goals but he also gets good assists."

Cody Trowell,  Riley Babkirk and Davis Boyer also contributed in scoring.


Michael Levesque scored 2 for Chatham with singles by Steven Szekesy, Brayden Hopkins and Steven Beenackers.


Penalties were handed out only in the first period.  A fight broke out between PJ Vandervaart and John Bowen, both received major penalties and were escorted off with game misconducts.

"That just happened," Rose said "Thereís two big tough boys out there I think they just decided they were going to pound each other and I guess the crowd got their monies worth on that one."

After the fight Chatham received one penalty giving Sarnia one power play opportunity that they didn't score on and Sarnia was handed three penalties giving Chatham three power play opportunities scoring two.

Sarnia outshot Chatham 29 - 27.  Hunter Johnson went the distance with some stellar saves earned his 13th win of the season.  Chatham's net was shared by Bo Bessette and Jake Patterson.

Sarnia is in second place with a record of 18-7-0 three points ahead of Chatham who are now 16-7-1. 

The Legionnaires has two away games, the first in St. Thomas tonight (Nov 28), then on Wed Dec 3 they are in London before returning home on Thursday Dec 4 when they face Chatham. 






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