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Legionnaires Fall in Overtime
MARCH 2, 2015


By Dan McCaffery

 



The Sarnia Legionnaires lost a heart-breaker Sunday, falling 5-4 in overtime to the St. Thomas Stars. As a result, the Elgin County team leads the best-of-seven Western Jr. 'B' hockey quarterfinal two games to one.

St. Thomas, which went into the round as the clear underdog, now finds itself with home ice advantage.

 



The game started well for Sarnia, with Cody Trowell lifting home a backhander after coming out from the side of the net.  Assists went to Davis Boyer and Ryan Trottier.

With less than two minutes to go in the opening frame, Boyer jumped on a loose puck in the slot and drilled home a blistering drive to give the Sarnains a 2-0 lead. Trowell and Trottier assisted.

 



But St. Thomas scored twice in the dying seconds to get even going into the intermission. Carson Moniz and Jordan Babb got the goals for the visitors.

"We went to sleep for one minute in the first period, Rose said in explaining why his charges were defeated.

 



Another turning point, he said, came in the middle frame when the Legionnaires failed to capitalize on a 5-on-3 power play that lasted a full two minutes.

St. Thomas went ahead 3-2 before the period was out, thanks to a goal by Carson Brookshaw.

The Stars scored again in the final frame, with Andrew Chambers finding the back of the net.

 



But the Legionnaires battled back, with Boyer scoring a pair of power-play markers to send the contest into OT.  Both tallies were similar in nature, with the artful forward connecting with drives from the side of the net. Mitch Read and Trottier assisted on the first, while Trottier and Trowell had helpers on the second. In all, Trottier set up four goals on the night.

In the overtime the Legionnaires missed a number of good chances, including a breakaway thrust by Trottier.



Carson Brookshaw got the winner at the 18:38 mark.

The series resumes Tuesday in St. Thomas.

Game Five will be played Thursday at the Brock Street barn.
 

GAME NOTES:

- Sarnia outshot St. Thomas 54-42

- Andrew Master made 37 saves for the home team, Brendan Polasek

  earned the win making 50 saves

- Sarnia scored twice on eight power play opportunities; St. Thomas was
  scoreless on one opportunity

 


 

 

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