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Legionnaires Bounce Back
friday october 31, 2014




"It was ugly but they battled hard and they got a win." Head Coach Dan Rose said after the Legionnaires defeated St. Thomas 3 - 2 Thursday night at home in Greater Ontario Jr. B Hockey league action.

You could feel the excitement after Sarnia scored two quick goals at the start of the game with the first at 1:48 and then at 2:21 to take the 2 - 0 lead.  But that excitement was dulled at 4:10 when the lead was quickly cut after St. Thomas scored two goals twelve seconds apart to even the score.


Cody Trowell slid one in from the side of the net to score the first goal with Davis Boyer and Nathan Mater earning the assist.  Mooretown Flags Jr. C player Ryan Lyle slap in the second goal with PJ Vandervaart and Bobby King picking up the assist.


Carter McCormick and Zach Grezlewski scored for St. Thomas.



The two teams battled back and forth for the next two periods.  Sarnia was denied several goals with help from the goal post and help from St. Thomas goalie Nikolas Dampier who made many outstanding saves, including one that even the Sarnia fans cheer and applauded on.


As the game was coming to a close the Legionnaires finally solved Dampier and scored with 1:02 remaining in the game.

Cody Trowell scored his second and the eventual game winner with Davis Boyer and Brandon Layman earning the assists.


St. Thomas pulled Dampier for the extra man in the final minute and the game turned ugly after a fight broke out.  After the dust settle and two players ejected the Legionnaires were able to hold off the attack to take the win.


Sarnia took thirty-one penalty minutes on eleven infractions, St. Thomas was handed forty-three minutes on thirteen infractions. But both sides were scoreless on power play opportunities.  Sarnia had five chances, St. Thomas had three.


"We got a win that's important, we competed really hard for two periods, I thought we only had a couple of bad shifts." Rose said "Our power play was really good tonight but their goalie stood on his head and our PK I thought did a really good job."



Legionnaires outshot St. Thomas 35 - 23.  Hunter Johnson made 21 saves in the win and Nikolas Dampier made 32 saves.


"That should have been a 7 - 2 game, their goalie I thought was the first star of the game." Rose said  "Cody Trowell and Davis Boyer had a lot of scoring chances tonight, they could have had two or three each."



Dampier did receive second star of the night. Trowell received first star, Davis Boyer earned third.

The Legionnaires have played six games in eight nights and now will have a full week off before they play again. 

"We're proud of them tonight because they bounced back.  Last weekend was tough on them and they got together for a meeting last night and I think they came out and played hard."


"We're also proud of where were at. We're 14 - 3 in first place, we've got some guys top in the league in scoring."



Davis Boyer and Cody Trowell are one and two in the league in scoring.  Boyer has 12 goals, 21 assists for 33 points, Trowel has 27 points with 16 goals and 11 assists.  Riley Babkirk is tied in 10th spot with  8 goals and 14 assists for 22 points.

Rose also pointed out that the team is one of the top leaders in the league in power plays and penalty killing.


Next game is at home against Chatham on Thursday November 6 then on Friday the Legionnaires travel to St. Thomas.

"It's a great group of kids and we know we are going to move forward.  Sometimes they'll take a step or two back but this group will always get themselves up off the mat keep moving forward."


Upcoming Event:

  • Tuesday November 4 - The Legionnaires is hosting the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge at Sarnia Arena featuring Canada Team Black and Team Finland.  Tickets are a bargain price of $10.00 with all proceeds to Rebound.  Game time 7:30 pm.






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