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Sarnia Legionnaires Season Ends
MARCH 22, 2015


By Dan McCaffery

The Sarnia Legionnaires were knocked out of the Western Ontario Hockey Conference playoffs Saturday.

Coach Dan Rose's Jr. 'B' club dropped a hard-fought 4-2 decision to the the LaSalle Vipers.

The game, which was played in the Essex County community, was closer than the score would indicate, with the final LaSalle goal going into an empty net.

In any case, the Vipers won the best-of-seven semi-final series 4-2 in games.

Both teams had a pair of powerplay tallies.

Tyler Prong and captain Nathan Mater had the Sarnia goals, with assists going to Mitch Read, Davis Boyer, Hunter Tyczynski and P. J. Vandervaart.

Chris Pignanelli, Daniel Beaudoin, Liam McDougall and Tyler Russell scored for LaSalle.

Goalie Andrew Masters was brilliant in the Sarnia cage, turning aside 46 of 49 shots he faced.

The Legionnaires had 33 shots on LaSalle goalie Paolo Battisti.

Sarnia started the season with 13 straight wins, then ran into a rash of injuries that toppled it from first place to third. But the Legionaries rallied late in the campaign and headed into the post-season on a four-game winning streak.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Sarnians eliminated the St. Thomas Stars 4-2 in games.

But they suffered a serious setback in that round when veteran rearguard Connor Andersen went down with a season-ending shoulder injury.

In the semi-finals, the Legionnaires, backed by the stellar goaltending of Masters, took a 2-1 lead in games before losing the final three matches.

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