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Legionnaires Win Eighth Straight
Wednesday October 1, 2014

By Dan McCaffrey

Going into Wednesday's Jr. 'B' hockey game in LaSalle, fans were expecting a desperate struggle between two undefeated teams. But instead of a clash of titans, they saw the Sarnia Legionnaires romp to a relatively easy 7-2 win right in the Essex County town.

The win improved the team's won-lost record to a perfect 8-0. LaSalle fell to 6-1.  With the outcome, Sarnia remains in first place with 16 points, four more than the second ranked Vipers.

Four of the Legionnaire victories have come on the road, including the last three.

Riley Babkirk opened the scoring early in the first period, rifling home a shot from the slot. Jordan Fogarty picked up the lone helper on the play.
With the game less than six minutes old, veteran defenceman Tyler Prong made it 2-0 with a bullet drive from the blueliine. Babkirk picked up an assist on the play.

Manny Silverio closed the gap not long after that, scoring LaSalle's first of the game. But rookie defenceman Sam McCormack sent the Legionnaires into the intermission ahead 3-1 with a backhander from the side of the net. Davis Boyer got an assist.

In the second period Sarnia poured it on, with D-man Kyler Keating scoring a power-play goal with a hard point shot. Boyer and Cody Trowell set the play up. Boyer blinked the red light before the period was over, with assists going to Captain Nathan Mater and Trowell.

In the third stanza the onslaught continued, with Brandon Layman pouncing on a loose puck in the faceoff circle before denting the twine. Brad Campbell and Jake O'Donnell got helpers. Tyler Longo made it 7-1 after being set up by Babkirk. Like Layman, he found the back of the net with a shot from the faceoff circle. Tyler Russell rounded out the scoring with LaSalle's second of the game.

The Legionnaires will try to make it nine straight when they host the Strathroy Rockets Thursday, Oct. 2. Game time at Sarnia Arena is set for 7:10 p.m.

Head coach Dan Rose says his club is determined to keep rolling. "These kids are excited about the streak, they don't want it to end," he said.

Fans are encouraged to bring a non perishable food item in support of St. Vincent DePaul.  With each food item fans will receive a ticket for a chance to win a Legionnaires Jersey.



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