Sarnia Legionnaires Get Big Road Win in London

October 22, 2015


by Dan McCaffrey

Ryan Vendramin's return from injury was just what the doctor ordered for the Sarnia Legionnaires Wednesday.

The big forward scored a goal and added four assists to propel his club to a 7-4 win over the London Nationals.

The victory, which came right in the Forest city, gives the Legion crew a record of 6-5-1-1.

As a result, Sarnia now finds itself in fifth place in the nine team Western Ontario Hockey Conference standings, just two points back of London.

For a while, however, things didn't look good for the visitors. In fact, they were hemmed in their own end for the first several minutes. Worse still, they found themselves down 1-0 at the 5:13 mark, thanks to a goal by Rai Di Loreto.

But the Legionnaires took over from there, scoring four times before the first period was out.

Defenceman Sam McCormack started the fireworks, roaring in off the point to bury a close-in drive while Sarnia was enjoying a man advantage. For McCormack, it was his third goal of the campaign. Assists went to Vendramin and defenceman Brad Yowart.

Rearguard Konnor Roskovich made it 2-1 just 32 seconds later, rifling home a blast from the blueline. The goal Roskovich's first was initially credited to captain Hunter Tyczynski, who ended up with an assist on the play. Ryan Trottier drew the second helper.

Brandon Layman got his team-leading seventh of the year to make it 3-1. Vendramin and Derek Johnson set the play up.

In the dying seconds of the opening frame the Legionnaires struck again, with Trottier firing a ripper from the slot that went in under the crossbar to make it 4-1. Jarret Marks had the lone assist.

The Sarnians continued to pour it on in the middle stanza and they were rewarded when Jordan Fogarty send a rising backhander into the cage just 44 seconds into the period. Vendramin and Layman assisted on what was Fogarty's fifth of the season.

The Legionnaires came close to blowing the game wide open a couple of times, with Layman being denied on a pair of point blank chances.

Max Vinogradov scored his first of three on the night to get the Nationals a little closer but Vendramin snuffed out any comeback hopes when he caught the top shelf for his second of the year. The play was set up by McCormack, who made a fabulous pin-point pass that Vendramin one-timed into the net. Yowart also got an assist on the play.

Vendramin, who missed a month due to injury, now has six points in three games.

In the final period rookie Zack Vanderwal put some icing on the cake with his second of the campaign, which came from directly between the faceoff circles. Vendramin and Fogarty got helpers.

Game notes:

Vendramin was originally credited with three assists but that was later changed to four.

Rookie goalie Adian Hughes was outstanding between the pipes for Sarnia, making 40 saves. The Legionnaires pumped 25 shots on two different Nats netminders.

Sarnia returns to action tonight (Thursday, Oct. 22) when it hosts the St. Marys Lincolns. Game time is set for 7:10 p.m.

Jacob Stos decked one of the Nationals in the game's only fight.

Sarnia's power-play, which has struggled all season, was an impressive 3-for-5.






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