Legionnaires Lost in Double OT

November 29, 2015


The Sarnia Legionnaires were edged 5-4 in double overtime Sunday by the red hot Chatham Maroons.

The game, played in Chatham, was the 25th of the season for Sarnia, which means the club has reached the halfway point of its schedule.

The Legionnaires sit in sixth place in the nine-team Western Ontario Hockey Conference standings, with an 11-10-1-3 record.

Head coach Mark Davis said the contest could have gone either way, noting his players hit two goal posts in regulation time and missed a breakaway in overtime.

He added he's satisfied with the way his young team has performed during the first half of the campaign.

And he isn't overly concerned about where his charges finish in the standings, as long as they continue to improve.

"I just want to make the playoffs, I want to make sure guys keep developing,” he said. “We've got to practice our defensive-zone coverage. We've got to tighten up a little more in the defensive zone. The defence has to play smarter, to calm themselves down and do things right. It's a learning curve. I like what I've got (in terms of talent). I'm not planning any changes.”

Sunday's game was a back-and-forth battle with the teams deadlocked at 1-1 at the end of the first frame. The visitors held a 3-2 edge at the end of the second stanza and enjoyed a 4-2 advantage early in the third.

But the Maroons rebounded to force OT, then survived a breakaway thrust by Sarnia's Ryan Trottier before scoring the winner with just 33 seconds left on the clock.

Sarnia goalie Adian Hughes made 55 saves while Chatham's Parker Butler kicked out 46 drives.

Ryan Vendramin was the offensive hero for the Legionnaires, scoring twice and adding one assist.

Jarret Marks scored his fifth of the year with a one-timer from between the faceoff circles. Brandon Layman rounded out the Sarnia scoring when his attempted passout hit a Maroons defender and deflected into the net. For Layman, it was his team-leading 12th of the season.

Jordan Fogarty was solid as well, picking up three assists.

Davis also thought Zach Vanderwal and Joey Zappa played well for the amount of ice time they received.

Chatham goals were credited to Gus Ford, Michael Levesque, Connor MacKinnon, Ross Kreiger and Steven Beenackers (with the OT winner).

The Legionnaires return to action Thursday when they host the Lambton Shores Predators. Game time at the Brock Street barn is set for 7:10 p.m.






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