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Sarnia Legionnaires Shut Out St. Thomas

friday september 5, 2014


The Sarnia Legionnaires are 3 - 0 in Greater Ontario Junior B Hockey exhibition play after shutting out the St. Thomas Stars 4 - 0 at home Thursday night.


"I was really pleased on how we moved the puck around." Head Coach Dan Rose said  "Some of the kids had tremendous back checks. It's a good sign early in the year to see guys are willing to commit to that."




After the first period the Legionnaires had a 2 - 0 lead with Jay Clarke scoring both goals :34 seconds apart.  The first goal was scored at on the power play with Brad Campbell and Riley Roberts assisting.  Sam McCormack and Roberts assisted on the second.


The third goal was scored with just :07 seconds remaining in the second period by Brandon Layman from Brad Campbell.  And the final goal was scored by Riley Roberts who slapped in a shot from the boards stick side of the goalie.  Alec Dekoning earned the assist.



Both sides offered great goaltending performances. 

Netminders Cornel Felder and Hunter Johnson shared in the win for the Legionnaires and Aiden Brown and Dan Black shared duties for St. Thomas.


"Goaltending was really well." Rose said "Cornel Felder played the first two periods. He didn't get a lot of work but he made a lot of good saves when he had to and then Hunter Johnson came in the third and he showed what he's capable of doing.  When we were killing penalties he made some unbelievable saves that brought the fans out of their seats."




St. Thomas went zero for seven on the power play Sarnia scored once on six opportunities.  Sarnia took thirty eight minutes in total in penalty minutes on eleven infractions, St. Thomas took twenty six minutes on ten. 

In the lineup tonight was Kyler Keating who was traded earlier this week from Lambton Shores on a deal that acquired Keating for three younger players Franco Sproviero, Brett Corrigan and Mike Zottl. 

Keating is in his fourth year who Rose said they have been trying to get him for a couple years, as a seventeen year old and before the deadline last year.

"He's a big strong kid and he's got maturity." Rose said "He's very disciplined and he's one of the best hitters in the league. He plays the body and most of all he's a great kid and he fits in our dressing room."

"He's friends with a lot of the kids on our team and it's something that we worked on two or three weeks now. This gives Kyler a chance to play with his friends, something he's wanted to do and he wanted to finish as a Legionnaire."


The 20 year old 6' 3" 200 lb Defenceman describe his style as a stay at home defenceman who like physical play and when he gets the chance to rush, he'll rush it.

"I'm looking forward to it, it's going to be a good year." Keating said "I got most of my buddies on the team.  I think we will be a contender as we got a lot of older guys they know how to play and what the leagues like."


Keating is from Innwood and a former student at Brooke Central Elementary and LCCVI Secondary School in Petrolia.

The Legionnaires are back in action for their final exhibition game on Sunday in Chatham for a 7:00 pm game start. 


The Legionnaires home opener is set for Tuesday September 9 against Leamington.







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