Legionnaires Make it Three in a Row

December 10, 2015

By Dan McCaffery

The surging Sarnia Legionnaires won their third in a row Wednesday, climbing a notch in the standings in the process.

Coach Mark Davis's charges belted the LaSalle Vipers 5-1 right in the Essex County community to move into a tie for fifth place in the Western Jr. 'B' hockey circuit.

And they did it in style, outshooting the home team 40-28. More than that, they never trailed, jumping into a 3-0 lead after the first period and enjoying a 4-1 advantage after the middle frame.

"We played very well,” Davis said. “We had to overcome four penalties right off and we did that. It was a combination of everybody playing well.”

With the victory Sarnia improved its record to 14-10-1-3.

Rookie Alec DeKoning was on fire, scoring twice and setting up two others. DeKoning, who was playing his first game after missing a month with an injury, now has six goals on the campaign.

"DeKoning was amazing,” Davis said. “He was skating hard, taking hits and giving them.”

Ryan Vendramin was almost as hot, scoring one goal (his 12th) and assisting on three others. He now has an incredible 37 points in just 18 games (he missed 10 contests due to injury).

Brock Perry (with his 9th) and Brad Yowart (with his 5th) had Sarnia's other tallies. Jarret Marks had an assist, giving him three points in his last two games. Perry also set up one goal.

Aidan Hughes got the win in net, kicking out 27 shots. The Vipers could only beat him when they enjoyed a two-man advantage.

Davis described the one Viper shot that eluded his young goalie as “a rocket.” He added, “Hughesy made the saves when we needed them.”

The Sarnians were playing without three suspended players (Captain Hunter Tyczynski, P.J. Vandervaart and Ryan Trottier). Alec Segers, a Jr. 'C' callup, filled one of the holes and, Davis said, performed well.

"Segers did his job," the bench boss said. "He got pucks down low. I can see him playing more games for us for sure."

The Legionnaires return to action tonight (Thursday, Dec. 10) when they host the London Nationals at the Brock Street barn.

Game time is set for 7:10 p.m.

Sarnia is just four points back of London and Chatham, who are tied for third in the nine-team conference.

"We know every game from here on in is important,” Davis said. “I told them 'tonight's game is over, we've got to concentrate on the next game.'”







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