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Stars Get Even with Legionnaires
FEBRUARY 28, 2015


By Dan McCaffery

The Sarnia Legionnaires lost an extremely frustrating game Friday, falling 4-3 to the St. Thomas Stars.

Sarnia had two goals disallowed, hit two crossbars and was assessed twice as many penalties as St. Thomas.

The outcome tied the best-of-seven Western Jr. 'B' hockey quarterfinal series at one game each.

Hunter Tycynski gave the Legionnaires the lead with a first period breakaway goal, with assists going to Nathan Mater and Tyler Longo.

But St. Thomas's Dane Johnstone tied the game after two Sarnians were sent off at the same time.

In the middle frame Sam McCormack joined the rush and rifled home a shot from between the faceoff circles. Ryan Trottier and Davis Boyer got helpers on the play.

Two consecutive Sarnia goals were disallowed after that, including one in which the puck appeared to have entered the net before it was dislodged. On the other, the tally was called back and Sarnia was handed a goaltender interference penalty.

After that, Sarnia's parade to the penalty box continued and the Stars picked up two powerplay markers to take a 3-2 lead. One was credited to Johnstone and the other to Andrew Chambers.

In the final frame James Newland scored the only St. Thomas goal that did not come with his club enjoying a man advantage.

Cameron Clarke closed out the scoring after being set up by Trottier and Tyler Prong.

Andrew Masters took the loss, although he made 31 saves.

Branden Palasek got the win, kicking out 25 Sarnia drives.

Game Three goes Sunday at the Brock Street barn with the puck drop set for 7:10 p.m.

 

 

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