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Sarnia Legionnaires Edged Out by Stars

january 15, 2015

By Dan McCaffery

The St. Thomas Stars defeated the Sarnia Legionnaires 4-3 Thursday in a Jr. 'B' hockey game played at the Brock Street barn.

The Elgin County team jumped into a 2-0 lead, thanks to a first period goal by Carter McCormick and a second period tally by James Newland.

But Sarnia roared back to take a 3-2 lead early in the final frame.

Ryan Vendramin started the comeback in the middle stanza when he stole a puck at the blueline and went in alone on a breakaway. The shifty forward deked Stars goalie Brendan Polasek out of position before scoring his 14th of the campaign.

Not long after that, Cody Trowell tied the game, whipping home a pass from Kyler Keating.

In the third period, Sarnia took its only lead of the contest.

Once again it was Trowell who did the damage, scoring from the faceoff circle after taking a passout from behind the net from Ryan Trottier.

Trowell now has a team-leading 26 goals to his credit.

For much of the game the two goalies held centre stage.

Sarnia's Andrew Masters, who was named third star, kept the Legionnaires in the match with 38 saves. Polasek, who was selected first star, kicked out 36 shots.

Afterward, acting Sarnia head coach Tom Norris said Masters “gave us a chance to win. That's all you can ask from your goalie.”

He added the team lost the game because of five or six bad shifts.

St. Thomas goals were credited to Carter McCormick, Jesse Anderson, Jay Dekker and James Newland.

The Legionnaires are back in action Sunday when they travel to Chatham to face the Maroons. Their next home game is Thursday, Jan. 22 when they host the London Nationals.








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