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Legionnaires Get Even in Lasalle
MARCH 15, 2015

By Dan McCaffery


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The Sarnia Legionnaires picked up a crucial road victory Saturday, clipping the LaSalle Vipers 5-3.

The triumph evened the best-of-seven Western Jr. 'B' hockey semi-final series at one game each.

"It was a full 60-minute effort," said Jay Clarke, who had a goal and an assist to lead the way for the victors.

He added to continue winning the Legion crew will have to "clean up our defensive zone and play hard. Everyone wants to be here."

Head coach Dan Rose singled out Clarke and Bobby King for praise, adding his six rearguards also played a strong game.

The bench boss was also pleased with the play of netminder Andrew Masters, who made a number of excellent glove saves.

King put the Legionnaires ahead in the first period with a backhander from point blank range. Clarke and Kyler Keating picked up assists on the play.

But Chris Pignanelli tied the contest heading into the first intermission with a shot that defected into the net off the stick of a Sarnia defenceman.

The Legionnaires struck for three unanswered tallies in the middle frame.

Clarke got things going when he broke in with King.

"King yelled at me to shoot and I just laid into it," Clarke recalled. The blast hit the crossbar and deflected into the twine. Riley Babkirk got the lone helper on the play.

Keating made it 3-1 with a point drive, with assists going to Cody Trowell and Ryan Trottier.

Defenceman Tyler Prong made it a three-goal lead with a howitzer from the point that made it into the net with just one second left on the clock.

In the final frame Davis Boyer made it 5-1, scoring with a rising drive from the high slot. Brendan Harrogate and Nathan Veres scored power play goals after that, to make the final 5-3.

Masters made 37 saves to pick up the victory. The Legionnaires had 29 shots on two LaSalle goalkeepers.

The Legionnaires were 1-for-4 with the man advantage while LaSalle was a perfect 3-for-3.

Game Three will be played tonight (Sunday, March 15) at Sarnia Arena, with the puck drop set for 7:10 p.m.








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