Sarnia Legionnaires Fall in Chatham

October 18, 2015


by Dan McCaffrey

The Chatham Maroons pounded the Sarnia Legionnaires 8-2 Sunday.

It was a contest that started well for the Legion crew, which stormed into a 2-0 lead before the game was seven minutes old.

Zack Vanderwal scored the first goal, firing home a rising rebound shot from the faceoff circle at the 5:56 mark. Assists wen to P.J. Vandervaart and Jarret Marks. Just 15 seconds later, Jordan Fogarty finished off a nifty tick-tack-toe play by flipping the puck into a wide open Maroons cage. Helpers went to Brandon Layman and Ryan Trottier.

Just moments later, Sarnia came within an eyelash of taking a 3-0 lead, only to be foiled at the last second.

Legionnaires head coach Mark Davis felt that missed third goal was a key turning point.

"If we'd gone up 3-0 it might have been a different game," he said.

Instead, the Maroons scored three times in the last half of the opening frame, with the third tally coming with just two seconds left on the clock.

"You could see the guys were down when they came into the dressing room," Davis commented.

With the loss Sarnia fell back to .500 with a record of 5-5-1-1. That leaves them tied for fifth with Strathroy in the Western Jr. 'B' hockey standings.
If there was a bright spot for Sarnia it was the outstanding play of goalie Jacob Knowles, a midget 'AAA' callup who played half the game, allowing only two goals on 30 shots.

"I give the young lad credit, he played hard," Davis said.

Shayne Battler, who started the game, stopped 30 of 36 shots directed at his net.

Officially, the Maroons were credited with 66 shots on goal, althoughDavis questioned the accuracy of that statistic, suggesting it was inflated by some seriously inaccurate counting.
The Legionnaires were credited with 42 shots.

Sarnia returns to action Wednesday when it travels to London to face the Nationals.

The Legionnaires will be home next Thursday (Oct. 22) when they will host the St. Marys Lincolns.





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