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Legionnaires Win Four Straight
saturday september 20, 2014

By Dan McCaffery

With the Sarnia Legionnaires short one forward, head coach Dan Rose decided last week to move defenceman Brad Campbell up front.

It was a move that would make the bench boss look like a genius on Friday night.

That's because #4 Campbell scored a hat-trick to help the Legionnaires thump the St. Thomas Stars 9-4 right in the Elgin County city.

Campbell, who scored only three goals all last season, said potting three in one night was a thrill. "Getting one goal would be nice but I'll take three," he joked.

His first marker came when he threw the puck out in front from behind the net, only to have it hit goalie Dan Black and bounce into the cage. His other two tallies came on backdoor plays.

Still, Campbell hopes to return to the defensive corps in the not-too-distant future.

"I enjoy it more," he explained. "You see more of the ice."
Rose said, "Brad is a very skilled hockey player." who is capable of playing forward or defence.

#10 Forward Cody Trowell also had a hat-trick against the Stars, giving him five goals on the campaign.

Captain Nathan Mater found the back of the net twice and Riley Roberts blinked the red light once.
Perhaps most important of all, the win gave the Legionnaires a perfect 4-0 won-lost record and lifted them in a tie for first place with the LaSalle Vipers in the Western Ontario Hockey Conference standings.
Rose said winning on the road after posting three straight home victories was important. In recent years, he noted, Sarnia has had trouble winning Friday night road games.
"It was important to come in here, play well and get some goals," he said. He also pointed out several players were in on the scoring.
In fact, in addition to the goal scorers, 11 Legionnaires picked up assists.
Rookie defencemen Jake O'Donnell and Cameron Clarke both had helpers, as did veteran D-men P. J. Vandervaart and Tyler Prong.
Up front, forward Davis Boyer had three assists while Brandon Layman, Riley  Roberts and Bob King had two each.
Single assists were credited to Mater, Ryan Trottier and Jay Clarke.
Goalie Hunter Johnson made 20 saves to pick up his third win. Sarnia had 32 shots on net.
The Stars managed to score four power play goals, including two with two-man advantages. Sarnia, meanwhile, was one-for-three with the extra man.
Rose said his club will have to work on its penalty killing in the days ahead. "We're still a work in progress but we've got six months to get it right," he said.
The Legionnaires return to action next Thursday when they host the Lambton Shores Predators. Game time at Sarnia Arena is set for 7:30 p.m.
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