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Legionnaires Fall Into Third After Loss in Leamington

january 26, 2015


By Dan McCaffery

The Sarnia Legionnaires fell into third place in the Western Jr. 'B' hockey standings Sunday after dropping a 5-2 decision to the powerful Leamington Flyers.

The contest, played in the Tomato Town, was closer than the score indicated. In fact, the contest was tied in the third period and Leamington's last goal was into an empty net.

In any case, Sarnia is now one point behind second ranked Chatham.

The Legionnaires have nine games left in the regular schedule, while Chatham has 10.

"I thought we played a good game for 55 or 56 minutes,” Sarnia head coach Dan Rose said afterward. “We played a good road game. I was pleased with the way we played.”

The Flyers, who are in first place, went ahead 2-0 thanks to goals by Mitch Amante and Chris Scott.

But Davis Boyer got the visitors back into the match late in the second period, firing home his 27th of the campaign while standing to the side of the net. Assists went to Ryan Vendramin and Kyler Keating.

In the final stanza, captain Nathan Mater assisted on Tyler Prong's third goal of the season to get the Legion crew back on even terms.

Playing without a stick, Mater made his way along the sideboards with the puck in his skates. Eluding one checker, he kicked the rubber – soccer style – to Boyer. Boyer, in turn, passed it back to Prong, who scored from the point to tie the score at 2-2.

A couple of sloppy plays put the Legionnaires behind by two goals, with Eric Henderson and Kyle Quick doing the damage near the mid-point of the third period.

In the final minute of play, with goalie Andrew Masters on the bench for a sixth attacker, Quick scored into the empty net to finish up the scoring.

Masters took the loss, despite making 33 saves.

Flyers netminder Trevor Wheaton made 21 stops for the win, including a sensational block with the scored tied in the third period.

The Legionnaires return to action Thursday when they host the LaSalle Vipers.

Game time at the Brock Street barn is set for 7:10 p.m.

 

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