Legionnaires Nip Predators

December 4, 2015


The Sarnia Legionnaires snapped a three-game losing streak Thursday, posting a 5-2 victory over the Lambton Shores Predators.

With the triumph the team improved to 12-10-1-3. That leaves them in sixth place in the nine-team Western Jr. 'B' hockey standings, four points behind the fifth ranked LaSalle Vipers. Sarnia has a game in hand on the Vipers.

"It was a hard-fought game,” Legionnaires head coach Mark Davis said. “It got a little sloppy in the first period. In the second period we were all over them.”

The bench boss singled out goalie Shayne Battler for praise, saying he was one of the big reasons Sarnia prevailed. “He was square up to the puck” all night long, Davis said.

The Legionnaires penalty killers also played a big part, surrendering just one goal while facing nine shorthanded situations. During one prolonged stretch, the Legion crew was shorthanded for a full seven minutes. Later, they found themselves down two men.

One of the defensive heroes was forward Brendan Shagena, who played an important role in shutting down the Preds top line. “I just do what they ask,” he said when asked about his work as a defensive forward. He added it's vital to contain the other club's best line, whether you're playing a top team or one lower in the standings.

Sarnia struck first

Brock Perry scored the only goal of the first period, popping in a rebound as he stood on the lip of the crease. Captain Hunter Tyczynski and Ryan Trottier drew assists on what was Perry's sixth of the campaign.

Jordan Fogarty made it a two-goal advantage at the 14:15 mark of the middle frame when he fired a cross-ice pass into the open side of the Preds cage. Linemates Ryan Vendramin and Brandon Laymen got helpers on the tally, which was Fogarty's eighth of the season.

But Ethan Safati got Lambton Shores back in the contest, scoring on the power-play before the period came to a close.

Ryan Trottier scored what proved to be the winner at 5:07 of the final stanza when he collected a rebound off the backboards and drilled a shot past goalkeeper Anthony Hurtubise. Defenceman Brett Storr was credited with the lone assist.

Layman made it 4-1 not long after that, lifting a backhander that hit the far post before deflecting into the strings. Vendramin and Fogarty once again collected assists.

But the visitors refused to say 'die' and Matt Philip made it a two-goal game with a little over three minutes left on the clock.

That set the stage for Layman's second of the game and team-leading 14th of the year, which went into an empty net.

Game notes:

1) Sarnia outshot Lambton Shores 38-27.

2) Attendance at the Brock Street barn was 1,106.

3) The Legionnaires return to action tonight (Friday, Dec. 4) when they travel to St. Marys to take on the Lincolns. However, they will have to play the game without the services of P. J. Vandervaart and Hunter Tyczynski, both of whom will be suspended for their roles in an altercation with the Preds.






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