Legionnaires Battled Hard Came up Short

November 24, 2015

By Dan McCaffery

The Sarnia Legionnaires were in the game the whole way Thursday but, in the end, they couldn't quite handle the first place Leamington Flyers.

The Tomato Town team edged the shorthanded Legion crew 2-1 before more than 1,000 fans at the Brock Street barn.

Legionnaires P. J. Vandervaart, Zach Vanderwal and Sam McCormack missed the contest due to suspension, and Ethan DuPont was given a game misconduct early in the first period. Later, Eric Mash joined him on the sidelines with a game misconduct.

"I told the guys, 'we battled hard, we played the first place team,'” Sarnia head coach Mark Davis said afterward. “I thought Hughes (Legionnaires goalie Aidan Hughes) played really well in net. The other goalie (Leamington's Tyler Wall) made some good saves as well.”

He added, “We're not a big scoring team but we had our chances on the power-play.”

In fact, Hughes kicked out 30 shots, while Wall faced 21 pucks.

Leamington drew first blood early in the opening frame, when Scott Emerson blinked the red light on a power play.

But Ryan Vendramin tied the game late in the period when he broke into the clear, deked Wall out of position and roofed the puck on a backhander for his ninth of the campaign. Defenceman Konnor Roskovich drew the lone assist.

Mitchell Amonte got the game winner in the middle stanza, rifling a shot just under the crossbar to finish off two-on-one break.

Three Mooretown Flags Jr. 'C' call-ups saw action for Sarnia, including Nolan Riley, Trevor Bogaert and Mike Kindrachuk.

Davis praised all three, saying, “They played well. They're great call-ups. They're our future.”

With the loss the Legionnaires fell to 11-9-1-1. They remain in sixth place in the Western Ontario Hockey Conference standings, three points behind LaSalle and London, who are tied for fourth.

Sarnia returns to action Thursday when it hosts the St. Thomas Stars. Game time is set for 7:10 p.m.








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