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Legionnaires Shoot Down Flyers

february 8, 2015

By Dan McCaffery



The Sarnia Legionnaires picked up a big win Saturday, dumping the first place Leamington Flyers 7-4.


"The boys really played well,” head coach Dan Rose said afterward. “Our defensive game created a lot of opportunities.”


The victory improved Sarnia's record to 29-14-1. That leaves them in third place in the Western Jr. 'B' hockey standings, one point behind the second ranked Chatham Maroons.


The Maroons have two games in hand on the Legion crew.


"We're going to have to win all our remaining games to get second,” Rose said.


In fact, even that won't be enough unless Chatham suffers a few setbacks during the final two weeks of the regular season.


Rose said his team is aware that it will need some help from other teams to get second. “We know that, but we've got a shot.”


Leamington showed up at the Brock Street barn without either of its regular goalies in tow. Both were sitting out the first of two-game suspensions.


That left midget call-up Tyler Wall to face a 40-shot barrage from the Legionnaires, including many of the quality variety.




Brandon Layman opened the scoring on a first period breakaway, much to the delight of a crowd of more than 1,100 fans. Assists went to Ryan Vendramin and Jordan Fogarty.


In the middle frame, Kyle Perkowski scored on a breakaway of his own to tie the score at 1-1.


But the Flyers had barely finished celebrating when Jay Clarke found the back of the net with a sharp angle shot. Clarke's marker, his eighth of the season, came just 27 seconds after Perkowski's tally. Helpers on the play went to Captain Nathan Mater and Jake O'Donnell.


Riley Babkirk made it 3-1 after being set up by Cody Trowell. However, the goal was initially credited to teammate Cameron Clarke.




Not long after that, Jordan Fogarty scored an unassisted marker to give Sarnia a three-goal bulge.


But Kyle Quick scored twice in a row for Leamington (one late in the second period and one early in the third) to narrow the gap to 4-3.


Just when it looked as if there might be a nail-biter of a finish, Sarnia's Hunter Tyczynski sent a laser beam into the cage to make it 5-3. Jay Clarke and Bob King earned assists on the play.


Babkirk put the game away with a power-play marker before the third period was half over.


"Kyler Keating took a shot from the point and it bounced right to me,” said Babkirk, who dented the twine while standing in the faceoff circle.


Just to be sure there would be no comeback, Vendramin deflected home a point shot from Jake O'Donnell.


Tyler Duarte had the other Flyers tally.



Goalie Andrew Masters made 30 saves to pick up the win.


Wall, who faced 40 shots, suffered the loss.


However, the young goalie could hardly be blamed for the outcome.


Sarnia had many great scoring chances and, as related above, one of its goals came on a breakaway while another was the result of a deflection.


The Legionnaires are back in action Wednesday when they travel to London to face the Nationals.


Their next home game is next Thursday against St. Marys.







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