By Dan McCaffery
The Sarnia Legionnaires defeated the Strathroy Rockets 2-1 Saturday to pick up
their second road win in two nights.
And they did it in impressive fashion, back checking hard, making crisp passes
and exhibiting fine puck control.
Officially, the home team outshot the visitors 41-28, but it was one of those
games when the shots on goal did not accurately reflect the play.
"We basically took advantage of our opportunities when they presented
themselves, head coach Dan Rose said.
With the victory, the Legionnaires improved their won-lost record to 24-10, good
enough for second place in the Western Jr. 'B' hockey standings.
The Legionnaires are now seven points ahead of third ranked Chatham and seven
behind the front running Leamington Flyers.
Defenceman Tyler Prong said the Legionnaires are coming together as a team.
We're playing with a lot more effort and working a lot harder, he said.
Davis Boyer gave Sarnia the lead in the second frame when he stormed the net and
knocked a rolling puck through the legs of netminder Matt Ouellet. Cody Trowell
and Ryan Trottier assisted on what was Boyer's 25th goal of the season.
Trottier got the winner not long after that, rifling a hard drive into the cage
from the top of the faceoff circle. Trowell and Boyer got helpers on what was
Trottier's fourth goal in the last two games and his seventh of the year.
With time running out in the third period, Nick Boyer spoiled goalie Hunter
Johnson's shutout bid, but the Rockets could get no closer.
Sarnia is back in action Wednesday when it travels to London to face the
Nationals. The Legionnaires will play their next home game the following night
at the Brock Street barn. Game time is set for 7:10 p.m.