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 Legionnaires Win in London

january 20, 2015

By Dan McCaffery

Coach Dan Rose's 500th game behind the bench of a Jr. 'B' hockey club is one he won't soon forget.

His Sarnia Legionnaires saw to that Monday, defeating the London Nationals 6-3 right in the Forest City.

With the triumph the Legionnaires improved their record to 25-12-1. More importantly, they moved back into second place in the Western Ontario Hockey Conference standings, one point ahead of the Chatham Maroons.

Jordan Fogarty was the hero, scoring twice and setting up two other markers. Ryan Vendramin was almost as prolific, picking up two goals and an assist. Riley Babkirk, meanwhile, had a three-point night (all assists).

Fogarty got the game off on the right foot for Sarnia, scoring at the 14:25 mark of the opening frame.

“Babkirk kept the puck in their zone and I went in on a two-on-one break with Vendramin,” Fogarty recalled later. “I hit the far post and it went in high.”

London's Rai Di Loreto tied the game before the intermission.

But Cody Trowell put Sarnia back in front early in the second frame, scoring his 28th of the season from the slot. Helpers went to Ryan Trottier and Davis Boyer, although Tyler Prong appeared to be the one who set Trowell up with a nice pass from the point.

Later, with the contest tied at 2-2, Boyer scored his 26th of the season after taking a feed from Tyler Longo.

Longo earned the assist in spades, working tirelessly in the corner to get possession of the puck.

In the dying seconds of the middle frame, with the score knotted at three apiece, Vendramin scored with a low drive from close range to send Sarnia into the dressing room ahead 4-3.

Fogarty and Babkirk earned assists on the goal, which came from a scramble in front of the net immediately following a faceoff.

Early in the third stanza Fogarty struck again, burying his second of the game and 11th of the season after being left alone in front.

“It was another great play by my linemates, who were buzzing all night,” Fogarty said. “I found some open ice and put it in low on the blocker side.”

Babkirk and Vendramin were credited with assists on the play.

Vendramin rounded out the scoring, firing the puck into an empty net for his second of the game and 18th of the season. Fogarty and Babkirk earned assists.

Vendramin, who missed the first 11 games of the season, now has 34 points in just 27 contests.

Rookie goalie Cornel Felder made 33 saves in recording his 10th win of the campaign. Justin Tugwell, who also made 33 saves, took the loss in the Nats cage.

The Legionnaires were playing without captain Nathan Mater (suspended) and defenceman Mitch Read (ill).

They return to action Thursday when they host the Nationals. Game time at Sarnia Arena is set for 7:10 p.m.







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