Sarnia Legionnaires Fall to Vipers

October 15, 2015

By Dan McCaffery

The Sarnia Legionnaires fell back to the .500 mark Wednesday after dropping a 4-1 decision to the LaSalle Vipers.

With the setback Sarnia's record falls to 4-4-1-1. That leaves them in sixth place in the Western Ontario Hockey Conference standings, one point behind the fifth ranked Strathroy Rockets.

The Legionnaires play the Rockets tonight (Thursday, Oct. 15) at the Brock Street barn, with the puck drop set for 7:10 p.m.

Coach Mark Davis's Jr. 'B' hockey probably deserved a better fate in Wednesday's game, which was played in LaSalle.

"We didn't get any breaks and they did,” Davis said. “The boys played a fairly good game. We outshot them and we had some great chances. We just can't score goals right now.”

In fact, the Legionnaires fired 32 pucks on the Vipers cage while allowing only 25 drives on their own net. And, for the most part, Sarnia's defence did a good job of keeping LaSalle's forwards to the outside.

On top of that, the Legion crew hit a couple of goal posts.

The score was only 2-1 heading into the last half of the third period. But the Essex County squad scored twice in the final 10 minutes, with the second goal going into an empty net.

Ryan Trottier had the lone Sarnia goal, which came in the second period on a power-play. Brandon Layman and Brad Yowart had assists on the play.

Tyler Russell had two goals for the victors, with single markers being credited to Manny Silverio and Liam MacDougall.

Goalie Shayne Battler was tagged with the loss after stopping 21 of 24 shots directed his way.






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