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Legionnaires End Regular Season with a Solid Win 
FEBRUARY 19, 2015

By Dan McCaffery



Eight different players scored Thursday as the Sarnia Legionnaires defeated the Lambton Shores Predators 8-3.

Playing their third game in three nights, the Legionnaires came out on fire, outscoring the visitors 5-1 in the first period.


Tyler Longo opened the scoring at the 3:41 mark, batting a puck out of the air and into the Preds cage. Captain Nathan Mater drew the lone assist on what was Longo's fifth goal of the campaign.

"It was my first goal at home and it was good to hear the cheers, Longo said afterward.

Sean Ross tied the game but the Sarnians struck for four goals in just over five minutes late in the stanza to take command.




Cody Trowell made it 2-1 when he buried a nice cross-ice pass from Davis Boyer. Ryan Trottier also assisted on what was Trowell's team-leading 35th of the season.


The prettiest marker was scored by Ryan Vendramin, who stickhandled through the defence, burst into the clear and sent a backhander into the twine.

The effort, which was unassisted, gave Vendramin his 30th of the year.

Moments later, Brandon Layman scored an unassisted goal of his own (his eighth).


Defenceman Mitch Read closed out the first period with his sixth of the season. The goal, which was set up by Hunter Tyczynski, was Read's first as a Legionnaire. His other five were scored while playing with the St. Marys Lincolns.


In the middle frame Sarnia continued to pour it on, with Davis Boyer picking up his 29th and Bobby King his third.

Trowell and King assisted on Boyer's goal while Jay Clarke earned a helper on King's tally.

In the final stanza the Legionnaires, who were playing their fourth game in five nights, looked to be running out of gas and the Preds outscored them 2-1.

Nick Sproviero and Adam Wammes were the snipers for the visitors, while Riley Babkirk (with his 20th) scored for Sarnia.

King picked up an assist on Babkirk's goal, giving him three points on the night.


Goalie Andrew Masters made 30 saves to register his ninth victory of the season.

The Legionnaries had 56 shots on net.

With the win Sarnia ended the season with a 33-15-1 record.

They are in second place in the nine-team Western Ontario Hockey Conference standings but it's doubtful they will stay there. That's because third ranked Chatham still has two games to play, including one against the last place Lincolns.

The Legionnaires will open the playoffs at home next Thursday against an opponent that has yet to be determined.

Whoever they face, coach Dan Rose said he's pleased by the fact that the team has been playing good hockey for a month.

In fact, Sarnia ended the schedule with four straight victories.






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