Legionnaires Take Win in OT

October 16, 2015

By Dan McCaffery

Fans attending Thursday's Jr. 'B' hockey game at the Brock Street barn could be forgiven if they felt a sense of dejavu.

That's because for the second time in a week the Sarnia Legionnaires defeated the Strathroy Rockets by a single goal, prevailing this time by a 3-2 count. And just like the first game, the second was settled in overtime.

Officially, the winning tally was credited to Brad Yowart. But it appeared the puck actually went in off the skate of rookie Alec DeKoning. Assuming a correction is made, it will go into the books as DeKoning's third goal of the campaign.

In one respect, however, this was a clash like none other ever played between these often-bitter Highway 402 rivals. And that's because not a single penalty was called all night long!

After a scoreless first period, Nick Griffin put the Rockets ahead at the 2:17 mark of the middle frame.

But scoring ace Brandon Layman notched his team-leading sixth of the season five minutes later to deadlock matters. Eric Marsh and Ryan Trottier drew assists on the play.

Captain Hunter Tyczynski made it 2-1 Sarnia at 12:44 of the second, with helpers going to Derek Johnson and Jacob Stos. It was Tyczynski's third of the year.

Early in the third stanza, Dante Copps tied the game at 2-2, setting the stage for DeKoning's OT winner.

It was the fifth time in 11 outings that the Legionnaires have found themselves playing extra time. Their overtime record stands at 3-1-1. Overall, the team is 5-4-1-1.

Goalie Shayne Battler got the win in Sarnia's net, kicking out 26 shots. He now sports a 5-3 won-lost record. The Legionnaires pumped 37 drives on the Rockets cage.

With the victory, Sarnia moved into a fifth place tie with Strathroy, one point behind fourth ranked London.

Attendance was 1,172.

The Legionnaires return to action Sunday when they travel to Chatham to face the Maroons. Their next home game is Thursday, Oct. 22 when they will host the St. Marys Lincolns.





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