Legionnaires Defeat London

November 20, 2015

By Dan McCaffery

In a game that featured an old-fashioned donnybrook, the Sarnia Legionnaires defeated the London Nationals 4-2 Thursday.

With a season-high crowd of more than 1,500 fans looking on, the two teams engaged in three fights during one stoppage of play late in the third period.

Several players are expected to be suspended as a result of the incident, which started when London's Matt Doty checked one of the Legionnaires from behind.

Before Doty could get to the penalty box he was intercepted by Sarnia's P.J. Vandervaart. As those two traded fists, two other fights broke out.
The battle almost overshadowed a great goaltending display by Sarnia's Adian Hughes, who made 34 saves to pick up his fourth win of the season. His brother, Connor Hughes, took the loss in the Nationals net, despite making 25 saves of his own.
Another hero was Ryan Vendramin, who scored two goals and added an assist to pace the home team's attack. Vendramin, who missed 10 games to injury earlier in the campaign, now has 24 points in 12 contests. More impressive still, he leads the Legionnaires in scoring, enjoying a three-point lead over linemate Brandon Layman.
Speaking of Layman, he set up one of Vendramin's tallies with a brilliant pass.
Captain Hunter Tyczynski opened the scoring late in the first period with a wrap-around effort. Assists went to Vendramin and Jordan Fogarty.
The two teams traded goals in the middle frame, with Vendramin getting one and London's Rai Di Loreto the other.
In the third stanza Vendramin scored his second of the game and eighth of the season when he batted a puck out of the air and into the cage while standing at the side of the net. Fogarty and Brock Perry had helpers on the power-play marker.
London's John Warren got the visitors close with a power-play strike of his own at the 18:46 mark.
But Perry put an end to the drama with an empty netter that came with just seven seconds left on the clock. Konnor Roskovich had the lone assist.
The Legionnaires, who are now 11-8-1-2. find themselves right in the thick of a tight race for the top four spots in the Western Ontario Hockey Conference standings. Although they are in sixth place, they are only one point behind Chatham and just three back of both LaSalle and London.
Legionnaires assistant coach Justtin Day, who helped handle the bench in the absence of head coach Mark Davis, said, "I thought we played really well. It was a good team game. We got contributions from everybody and our goalie played well. We're 4-1-1 in our last six games so we've got a nice streak going."
Sarnia returns to action next Tuesday when its hosts the first place Leamington Flyers. Game time at the Brock Street barn is set for 7:10 p.m.






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