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Legionnaires Come Up Short in LaSalle Series Tied
MARCH 19, 2015


By Dan McCaffrey


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The Sarnia Legionnaires face an almost must-win situation tonight (Thursday, March 19) when they face the LaSalle Vipers at the Brock Street barn.

Coach Dan Rose's Western Jr. 'B' hockey club dropped a 4-2 decision to the Vipers Wednesday in a game that tied the best-of-seven semi-final series at two games apiece.

The score would have been much higher if not for the hot glove hand of Sarnia goalie Andrew Masters, who made 44 saves.

The Legionnaires had only 23 shots on the LaSalle cage.

The Sarnians came charging out of the gate, with Davis Boyer scoring just 12 seconds into the contest. Ryan Trottier and Cody Trowell were credited with assists on the play.

But LaSalle scored twice before the game was two minutes old to take a lead they would not relinquish.

"Give them credit, they came out hard...we knew they would...they didn't want to go down 3-1 in games," Rose said.

He added, "We didn't match their effort or enthusiasm tonight. We got off to a fast start, scored early and then let up. We were off all night. Our passing was off, we were completely out of sync."

Asked what he told his charges after the contest, Rose said, "We're 2-2 in games with home ice advantage. I told them to stick together and believe in each other. We'll come back with a good effort (Thursday)."

Brendan Harrogate had two goals for the winners with Chris Piganelli and Tyler Russell picking up singles.

Jordan Fogarty scored Sarnia's second goal in the middle period after being set up by Ryan Vendramin.

Thursday's game begins at 7:10 at the Sarnia Arena.
 

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