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Legionnaires Remain Undefeated with 10th Win
friday october 10, 2014


 

"They just don't want to lose." Head Coach Dan Rose said after his team won their 10th in a row defeating the LaSalle Vipers 4 - 2 Thursday night in Sarnia.


Despite the win Rose said he thought it was a sloppy game.

 

"It wasn't our best effort tonight. We've been off for a week and I thought we were a little flat but the boys grinded it out and we just kept working hard."

 

 

Scoring began early as Cody Trowell found the opening after a scramble in front of the net that put the Legionnaires on the scoreboard a minute and thirty-three seconds into the game. Cameron Clarke and Davis Boyer earned the assists. 

LaSalle answered back at 3:04 to even the score with Brett Langlois scoring for the Vipers. 

 

At 10:38 Jordan Fogarty picked up the pass and skated in and buried it pass Vipers netminder Paolo Battisti

to give the Legionnaires the 2 - 1 lead. Riley Babkirk and Cameron Clarke earned the assist on the play.

 

 

There were just two penalties called in the first with both sides taking one two minute penalty.

 

Sarnia took a 3 - 1 lead after Trowell added his second goal of the night with Davis Boyer assisting at 6:56.  LaSalle narrowed the gap at 15:38 after Graham Pickard scored for the Vipers.

 

As the second period was winding down at 19:19 a series of penalties were called for roughing, inciting an opponent, boarding, cross checking that resulted with a Legionnaire player being escorted off by the Trainer and later a Vipers player heading out of the building by ambulance.  As the dust settle both sides had equal penalties and play resumed with each team with five aside.

 


Action continued well into the third period until 17:36 Trowell scored his third of the night, 11th of the season.
Bobby King and Davis Boyer earned the assist on the play. 
 

"It was a nice pass from Kinger. I felt I kind of had to much time but I just picked my corner and put it where I wanted it." Trowell said describing his hat trick goal.

 

"He's on fire, he buried some tonight." Rose said about Trowell  "Davis Boyer and him are really feeding off each other. They are both exceptional hockey players, but for some reason they are really clicking together.  When you get that like you see in the NHL you get two guys working together anything can happen out there and they are hard to handle."

The Vipers went on and pulled their goalie in the last minute of play for the extra man but the Legionnaires held off the attack to take the win.


LaSalle took the only penalty in the third, a bench minor for too many men on the ice. 

 

"We stayed out of penalty box tonight." Rose said  "We don't have to talk to this group that much they are talking on the bench. It's an intense game out there they want to beat us and there's a lot of energy out there. That is not a bad thing, it makes for a really good hockey game. The fans got their moneys worth tonight."

 

Power play opportunities were minimal and both sides were scoreless. Sarnia had two opportunities and LaSalle had one.

 

LaSalle outshot the Legionnaires 32 - 29.  Hunter Johnson earned the win made 30 saves in the game. 

 


 

"Hunter Johnson kept us in there in the second period. He played really well." Rose said

 

Battisti took the loss made 25.

 

Cody Trowell was named first star of the night, Davis Boyer earned second for his 3 point night and Hunter Johnson was named third.

 

Sarnia is the only team in the League that are undefeated and they will be put to test again on Saturday October 11th when they travel to St. Catharines for a Conference cross over game against Thorold.  Thorold's record is currently 4 - 4 and they are in fifth place in the Golden Horseshoe Conference.


"These aren't easy wins, we got to work hard in these games to win and that build confidence. If you work hard and get good results then you believe in yourself and that's what's happening."

 

Next home game is set for Thursday October 16 at home against St. Mary's at 7:10 pm.  Be sure to come to the rink early as there will be an ALS Challenge happening after the warm up.  Head Coach Dan Rose has challenge St. Mary's coach to the ice bucket challenge and Rose will have the honour to dump the ice bucket in support of ALS at centre ice.

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