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Legionnaires Suffer Loss in London
FEBRUARY 12, 2015


By Dan McCaffery


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The London Nationals defeated the Sarnia Legionnaires 5-3 Wednesday.

It was a contest in which the Legionnaires just couldn't seem to get untracked.

In fact, the Nats peppered Sarnia goalie Andrew Masters with 20 shots in the first period, grabbing a 2-1 lead in the process.

Kevin Madden and Derek Todosichuk scored for the Londoners, with Ryan Trottier replying for the visitors.

Trottier's goal, his 10th of the season, came after he took a pass from Cody Trowell and scored from point blank range. Davis Boyer had the other assist.

The score would have been worse expect for Masters, who foiled Kevin Madden's penalty shot attempt.

On the other hand, the Legionnaires just missed a couple of great chances of their own. In fact, Ryan Vendramin nearly tied the game before the period was out, but his drive hit the crossbar.

In the middle frame the Legionnaires dominated proceedings but the Nats got the only goal (off the stick of Tanner Ferreira) to go ahead 3-1.

Bobby King had the best Sarnia chance, but was unable to find the back of the net after bursting into the clear and going in alone on goal.

Hunter Tyczynski also came close, dancing through the entire London team, only to be thwarted at the lip of the crease.

Sarnia made a game of it in the final stanza, with Cody Trowell scoring early to get the visitors back in it. Trowell's rising shot from the bottom of the faceoff circle beat Nats goalie Justin Tugwell high on the stick side. Captain Nathan Mater assisted on the play.

Not long after that, Vendramin scored to tie the game. Jordan Fogarty and Brandon Layman got helpers.

But London's Austin Kemp scored on a late powerplay and Drew Worrad added an empty net marker to seal the win.

Cameron Clarke came close to tying the game when he barged through the London defense, only to be denied at the last moment.

The Nationals outshot the Legionnaires 40-35.

With the outcome the Legionnaires are now 29-15-1 and sit in third place in the Western Jr. 'B' hockey standings, three points behind Chatham.

Sarnia is back in action tonight (Thursday, Feb. 12) when the Legionnaires host the last place St. Marys Lincolns.

Game time at Sarnia Arena is set for 7:10 p.m.

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