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Legionnaires Drop Game One Against Vipers
MARCH 13, 2015

By Dan McCaffery

The Sarnia Legionnaires lost a hockey game Thursday that they probably should have won.

Coach Dan Rose's club dropped a 5-4 decision to the LaSalle Vipers in the opener of their Western Jr. 'B' semi-final series with the LaSalle Vipers.

The Legionnaires outshot the visitors 39-34 but were beaten on a number of glorious opportunities by goalie Paolo Battisti.

"Their goaltender made some awesome saves,” Sarnia head coach Dan Rose said afterward.

Included among his stops was a great glove grab on a Ryan Vendramin breakaway.

Rose added, “It was an exciting game. It was playoff hockey. That's what we signed on for. Now we have to win a game in their barn.”

Sarnia was also hampered by a couple of needless, undisciplined penalties in the third period. One of them came with the Legionnaires enjoying a powerplay and pressing hard for the equalizer.

Legionnaires had several close opportunities in the first period. This puck inched towards the line but it was swept out. 
Another goal went in the net but called off by ref and a third appeared to go in as the red light came on and the
horns blaring but the players kept on playing.   #nolucktonight

After many close calls in the first period Davis Boyer scores first Legionnaires goal of the game.

LaSalle's Daniel Beaudoin and Sarnia's Davis Boyer traded first period goals to send the teams into the first intermission deadlocked at 1-1.

Ryan Trottier and Cody Trowell set up the home team's goal, which was Boyer's seventh of the post season.

Captain Nathan Mater got the only tally of the middle stanza to give the Legionnaires the lead heading into the final 20 minutes of action. Assists went to Riley Babkirk and Jay Clarke.

But the Legionnaires allowed three goals in less than three minutes early in the third to fall behind by a pair. Mark Manchurek, Chris Pignanelli and Brendan Harrogate were the marksmen for the Vipers.

Brandon Layman got Sarnia back in the contest just past the mid-point of the period when he stole a puck in the LaSalle end, charged the net and backhanded home the rubber. The play was unassisted.

LaSalle's Nathan Veres got the winner not long after that, putting the visitors ahead by two once again.

Cameron Clarke was credited with a goal in the final minute of play for Sarnia. Davis Boyer picked up an assist on the play.

The Legionnaires were 2-for-4 with the man advantage while LaSalle was 0-for-4.

It was a Goaltender show at both ends as Andrew Masters made many outstanding saves despite the loss.
In total Masters made 31 saves.

Game two will be held in Lasalle on Saturday March 14 at 7:30 pm.  Next home game for the Legionnaires is on Sunday March 15, puck drops at 7:10 pm.

Tickets are available at the Sarnia Box Office on game day starting at 5:30 pm.

Round #2 Playoff Prices
Adults (19-59) $12
Seniors (60+) $10
Students (11-18) $10
Children ( 10 & under) $6
unused round #1 playoff tickets may be redeemed at box office








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