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Sarnia Legionnaires Rookies Made a Difference
friday september 19, 2014


"I think it was tougher than I thought" Head Coach Dan Rose said after the Sarnia Legionnaires defeated the London Nationals 3 - 2  in Sarnia Thursday night in Greater Ontario Jr. B Hockey league action.

"London's got a lot of young kids. They are going to be a good team by the end of the year. They worked hard and never stopped."

But it was three of Sarnia rookies who stood out this game.  Netminder Cornel Felder from Petrolia, former Lambton AAA player who attended Hill Academy last season played in his first Jr. B game and earned his first win. 

"From where I played last year it was a lot faster, lot tougher and it's good to get that first game." Felder said "The team helped me out and I really settled in after awhile there."

Felder made 22 saves in the win. 

"I thought I played pretty solid. "The team bailed me out a couple of times. I know Sammy (rookie defenceman Sam McCormack) really saved me in the second period but I thought I had a pretty solid first game."

Another Rookie Cameron Clarke from Tecumseh Michigan also had a first in this game scoring his first goal.  

All three Sarnia goals were scored in the second period.  Nathan Mater scored the first goal assisted by Jay Clarke and Riley Roberts.  On a power play Cameron Clarke found the opening in a scramble in front of the net that gave him his first Jr. B goal. Riley Roberts and Nathan Mate earned the assists the goal.  With just twenty-six seconds left in the period Cody Trowell was found wide open in front, took the pass from Brandon Layman and spanked it in.  Ryan Trottier also earned an assist on the play.

London fought back in the third with both goals being scored by Austin Kemp the first on a power play.

"They came at us hard in the first period and we had a few penalties in the first period that killed our momentum." Rose said "But once we settled down a bit we controlled the second period pretty well and they got a lucky bounce on that second goal.  But I thought we completely out chanced them."

Sarnia outshot London 36 - 24.  On the power play Sarnia scored once on six opportunities.  London scored one on four opportunities.

Sarnia remains undefeated with a record of 3 - 0.

"I thought it was a great game and a really good entertaining game for the fans."

On Friday the Legionnaires will travel to St. Thomas for their first road game and meeting with the Stars. St. Thomas has one win and one overtime loss so far this season.  Game time is set for  7:30 pm.



 





 

 

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