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Legionnaires Defeat London

february 6, 2015

By Dan McCaffery


Rookie defenceman Jake O'Donnell was steady as a rock Thursday as the Sarnia Legionnaires upended the London Nationals 3-1.

"O'Donnell played really solid,” head coach Dan Rose said afterward. “He was steady.”

Rose added his entire defensive corps came to play.

"All of our 'D' has played really well the last two games. They've got a good rhythm going. And Andrew Masters has been giving us good goaltending.”

In fact, during their last two outings the Legionnaires have surrendered just two goals.



Ryan Vendramin got the Sarnians off on the right foot when a London player redirected his shot into the net. Brandon Layman and Cameron Clarke also drew an assist on the play, which came at 10:49 of the opening stanza.


Vendramin now has 22 goals on the campaign, a figure that's all the more impressive when you realize he missed the first dozen games.


Jordan Fogarty made it 2-0 for the home team late in the period when he took a pass from Layman and fired the rubber into the net while standing on the lip of the crease.


Vendramin also got a helper on the goal, which was Fogarty's 16th of the season.

Trevor Dulong got London's only goal, squeezing a shot through Masters in the dying minutes of the middle period.

Ryan Trottier got an insurance marker for Sarnia in the final 20 minutes, scoring his 9th of the year with a blast from the slot.


With the win the Legionnaires improved their record to 28-14-1, good enough for third place in the Western Jr. 'B' hockey standings, five points ahead of fourth ranked LaSalle and three back of second place Chatham.

Layman said afterward that the Legionnaires have not given up on getting second place. “We battled through a lot of injuries during the middle of the season,” he said. “We want second.”


Masters made 31 saves to pick up the win.  Justin Tugwell, who blocked 29 shots, was tagged with the loss.



The Legionnaires return to action tonight (Friday) traveling to St. Mary's then return home for their third game in a row on Saturday when they host the first place Leamington Flyers. Game time is at 7:10 pm at the Sarnia Arena.


With Saturday being Hockey Day in Sarnia the Legionnaires invite any hockey player girls or boys up to Midget age to wear their hockey shirt or jacket and they will be admitted in free to the game.  Everyone is invited to bring their skates and join the Legionnaires after the game for a skate with the team.








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