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Legionnaires Dominated in St. Marys
saturday september 27, 2014

By Dan McCaffery

The Sarnia Legionnaires staged an utterly dominating performance on the road Friday, blanking the St. Marys Lincolns 6-0.

The victory gives the team six straight wins to start the Western Ontario Hockey Conference season. And that's the fastest Sarnia has come out of the gate since the fall of 2008, when it won seven in a row.

More impressive still, the Legionnaires moved into sole possession of first place, two points ahead of the idle LaSalle Vipers. They also kept up their sizzling pace of scoring an average of six goals per game.

The heroes for coach Dan Rose's club in this one were Davis Boyer, who had a goal and three assists, and goalie Cornel Felder, who earned the shutout with a 28-save performance.

But truth be told, the whole team played a near-flawless game. Indeed, the score actually flattered the Lincs, who were saved from humiliation by the brilliant work of netminder Andrew Masters.

Special teams shone for the Legionnaires, who scored three times on eight power-plays while killing off all five shorthanded situations they faced.

Quick start

The road team opened the scoring before most fans had settled into their seats, with #10 Cody Trowell collecting what turned out to be the winning marker at the 1:04 mark. Boyer set the play up, passing the puck out from behind the net right onto the stick of Trowell, who was all alone in front.

Trowell now has a team-leading seven goals on the campaign.

Before the period was out the Legionnaires would get the first of three power play goals when Kyler Keating's point blast eluded Masters. Trowell and Boyer assisted.

In the middle stanza Boyer got his first goal of the season when he came roaring down the wing and cut right in front before slipping the rubber by Masters from close in. The marker, which was set up by Trowell and Tyler Prong, came just 3:23 into the period.

Prong got his first of the season near the end of the frame with another point drive. The goal, which came with Sarnia enjoying a man advantage, was assisted by Keating and Trowell.

Two other Sarnia goals were disallowed, but the visitors still went into the second intermission ahead by four goals.

In the third period Brad Campbell made it 5-0 with a blast from the top of the faceoff circle. Prong and Bob King got helpers on the play. Campbell, a defenceman who was moved up front three games ago because the Legionnaires are short one forward, now has five goals to his credit.

Ryan Trottier rounded out the scoring when he took a feed from Boyer and backhanded home a shot from the slot.

For Boyer it was his 10th point of the season, including one goal and nine helpers.

Felder, a rookie, now has three wins to his credit. He is also sporting an impressive 2.00 goals-against-average and a save percentage of .914.

The Legionnaires will face a stern test Sunday when they travel to Chatham to face the Maroons.

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