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Legionnaires Suffer Crushing Loss
MARCH 19, 2015

By Dan McCaffery

The Sarnia Legionnaires suffered a crushing loss in overtime Thursday night in Sarnia before 1,786 hockey fans.

Coach Dan Rose's Western Jr. 'B' hockey club appeared to have their playoff contest with the LaSalle Vipers well in hand with just a dozen seconds left in the third period.

In fact, the Sarnians were ahead 3-2 and the faceoff was outside the Legionnaires blueline.

But nine seconds later the game was tied, thanks to a dramatic goal by Korey Morgan.

If all that wasn't bad enough, the Legionnaires took what Rose called a “questionable” penalty in OT that lead to the winner, which was credited to Brett Primeau.

It was like watching the play in slow motion. With two players on top of netminder
Andrew Masters he couldn't reach to get the puck out.

The turn of events left Sarnia trailing the best-of-seven semi-final series three games to two.

The Legionnaires must win Saturday in LaSalle in order to force a seventh and deciding game Sunday at the Brock Street barn.

"We got outplayed,” Rose said afterward. “We didn't deserve to win. We stayed in the game but they outplayed us. We couldn't defend a lead with 12 seconds left and the faceoff outside our zone.”

Asked what his charges have to do to win the series, Rose said, “We've got to work as hard as they do. They've outplayed us the last two games.”

Goalie Andrew Masters made 44 saves to keep the Legionnaires in the game.

The Sarnians fired only 22 pucks at Vipers goalkeeper Paolo Battisti.

Despite LaSalle's wide territorial edge in play, Ryan Trottier had two goals for Sarnia, while Cody Trowell notched the third.  Trowell's tally, which came late in the third period, appeared to put Sarnia firmly in the driver's seat.

But Korey Morgan tied the game just before time expired to force OT.

In addition to his goal, Trowell had two assists. Davis Boyer also had two helpers, while single assists went to Cameron Clarke and Mitch Read.


In addition to his overtime winner, Primeau had one goal in regulation time. Brendan Harrogate had the other Vipers marker.

LaSalle was 2-for-7 with the man advantage while Sarnia was 2-for-6.

In total there were four misconduct penalties called all to Sarnia players. Defenceman Tyler Prong received two game misconducts and was ejected from the game and will sit out the next game. Brandon Layman received a game misconduct for checking from behind and the questionable call in over time called for head check to Kyler Keating.

Rose said he may insert defenceman Sam McCormack, who has played in only one playoff game, into the lineup for the next game.

Game six will be played Saturday in LaSalle. A win will bring them back to Sarnia on Sunday for game seven.








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