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Maroons Nip Legionnaires

monday september 8, 2014

By Dan McCaffery

The Chatham Maroons scored two shorthanded goals in the third period Sunday to edge the Sarnia Legionnaires 4-3 in Western Jr. 'B' hockey action.

With the loss the Sarnians ended their preseason with a 3-1 won-lost record.

Despite the setback, head coach Dan Rose was unconcerned, noting as many as four players who were not dressed Sunday in Chatham could be in the lineup when the regular season opens Tuesday.

One of those will be Ryan Trottier, who was obtained over the weekend for future considerations in a deal with the Lambton Shores Predators.

Trottier, a draft pick of the OHL's Barrie Colts, had 29 points in 34 games with Lambton Shores last season.

“As for Sunday's match, Rose said, "It was a great game by our guys, they managed and passed the puck well. Chatham   got a couple of bounces.”

He added, “We've got a very skilled defence. We're not going to spend a lot of time in our end. And we know we can score goals.”


The Legionnaires led for much of the game. In fact, Nathan Mater got them on the board early, sending a rising drive home from the slot after being set up by Jay Clarke. Not long after that, rookie rearguard Sam McCormack found the back of the net with a shot from the point.

Michael Verboom cut the lead in half with a goal early in the middle stanza. But flashy defenceman Cameron Clarke restored Sarnia's two goal lead when he took a pass from Jay Clarke, cut into the middle and sent a hard wrist shot into the net from between the faceoff circles.

Chatham rallied for three unanswered goals in the third period, including a pair of shorthanded markers 14 seconds apart, to steal the victory.

Verboom got one of the goals with Brennan Feasey and Jared Dennis picking up the other two.

Goalie Hunter Johnson was strong in Sarnia's net, kicking out 50 shots. The Legionnaires fired 39 pucks at the Chatham cage.

The Sarnians open the regular season Tuesday when they host the defending champion Leamington Flyers. Game time at the Brock Street Barn is set for 7:10 p.m.




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