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Veterans led the Way in Legionnaires First Playoff Win
FEBRUARY 26, 2015

By Dan McCaffery


The veterans led the way Thursday as the Sarnia Legionnaires upended the St. Thomas Stars 6-4 in Game One of their Western Jr. 'B' hockey playoff series.

Captain Nathan Mater played an especially strong game, scoring the winning goal and tossing his body around with reckless abandon all night.

Davis Boyer was also solid, notching a nifty third period tally to give Sarnia a three-goal bulge.

Boyer grabbed the puck in the faceoff circle and fired a sharp-angle shot under the crossbar to make the score 6-3.

Other Sarnia goals went to Ryan Trottier, Cody Trowell, Riley Babkirk and Tyler Prong.


It was a chippy affair at times, with Sarnia's Jay Clarke being ejected for checking from behind and Legionnaire defenceman Connor Andersen leaving the game with a third period injury.

"It was a good first game,” winning head coach Dan Rose said. “We controlled the first period, the second period was back-and-forth and we controlled the third.”

Mater, who looked like a man on a mission all night, got the winner early in the final frame. He raced over the St. Thomas blueline, barged around a defender and went in alone to score from close range.

St. Thomas goals came off the sticks of Adam Truax, Matt Simsons, James Newland and Carson Brookshaw.

Sarnia goalie Andrew Masters made 25 saves to get the win, while Stars netminder Nik Damphier suffered the loss, despite making 34 saves.

Game Two goes Friday in St. Thomas, with the third contest set for Sunday at Sarnia Arena.

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








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