Legionnaires Thriller Second Win of the Week

October 23, 2015

Jordan Fogarty #15 scores winning goal
submitted photo by Anne Tigwell/Sarnia Legionnaires

By Dan McCaffery

It was harder than expected, but the Sarnia Legionnaires got their second straight win Thursday, edging the last place St. Marys Lincolns 5-4.

Jordan Fogarty scored the winning goal, tipping in a cross-ice pass from Ryan Vendramin with just over a minute left in regulation time.

Asked if his club had underestimated the struggling Lincs, Sarnia head coach Mark Davis said, “Everybody does. They've got one great line and they've got a great coach. They're a lot better team than their record shows. And their goaltender played really well. He made some huge saves.”

Davis added, “St. Marys keeps coming at you, that's for sure. We played well but they scored some timely goals.”

With the Jr. 'B' hockey game deadlocked at 4-4 late in the third period, Fogarty made a crucial decision that changed the outcome of the game.

"I thought about going off on a line change when I noticed Ryan Vendramin was getting an opportunity to get some pressure on the net” Fogarty recalled afterward. “So I joined him on a two-on-two rush, knowing he'd been making great plays all night. I went to the net and he managed to find me with a pass that I redirected in on the short side. It sneaked over the goalie's pad.”

With the win the Legionnaires improved to 7-5-1-1, giving them a share of fourth place in the nine-team Western Ontario Hockey Conference standings. In fact, Sarnia and London now find themselves deadlocked at 16 points apiece, just one point behind third ranked LaSalle.

The Lincs led 1-0 after the first period, courtesy of a shorthanded tally by Phil Buque.

But rookie Alec Dekoning banged in a rebound to square matters early in the middle stanza. Jarret Marks had the lone assist on what was Dekoning's fourth of the season.

Fogarty put Sarnia ahead shortly after that, finishing off a nifty three-way passing play with Vendramin and defenceman Eric Marsh.

Brent House tied the game for the Lincs at 13:56 but Vendramin put Sarnia ahead yet again, burying a hard wrist shot after accepting a long pass from Derek Johnson. It was Vendramin's third goal of the campaign.

Before the second period was over the visitors would score twice more, with Graham Brulotte pulling the trigger on both markers. But Sarnia headed into the dressing room with a 4-4 tie, thanks to a Ryan Trottier's fourth of the season, which came on a power-play. Dekoning and Brett Storr drew assists.

Game notes:

Netminder Emanuel Vella (who faced 51 shots) took the loss despite making a number of fabulous stops.

Goalie Shayne Battler made 25 saves to pick up his sixth win of the season.

On top of his goal, Vendramin had two assists.

Attendance at the Brock Street barn was 1,121.






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