Legionnaires Suffer Loss Against Chatham

October 29, 2015

The Sarnia Legionnaires are 1 - 2 against the Chatham Maroons after dropping a 6 - 4 decision Thursday night at home in Greater Ontario Hockey League action.

With the loss Sarnia's record fell to 7-6-1-1. That leaves them in sixth place in the nine-team Western Ontario Hockey Conference.

Chatham scored five goals in the first period, then got only one over the next 40 minutes.

If there was a bright spot for Sarnia, it was the play of newcomer C. J. Kusch, a left-winger from Grosse Point Woods, Michigan, who scored twice.

"He worked hard, he played very well,” Davis said of the 19-year-old Kusch.

Kusch, who scored on his first shot (which came on his first shift), said, “There was a good pace to the game but it didn't come out like we wanted it to.”

He added he joined the Legionnaires because he wanted to play closer to home. Prior to arriving in Sarnia, he played junior hockey in Texas and Saskatchewan.

Ethan Dupont scored his first goal of the season, a lone goal late in the second.

Kusch added his second goal at 3:41 in the third and Brandon Layman added his eighth goal of the season rounding out the scoring for Sarnia.

Dupont, Zack Vanderwal, Ryan Vendramin and Jordan Fogarty had assists.

Maroons goals were credited to Austin Thompson, Josh Barraclough, Connor Koviak, Connor MacKinnon, Noland VendenBoom and Ross Drieger.

16 year old rookie Adian Hughes started the game in net but was pulled after surrendering four goals on nine shots. His replacement, Shayne Battler, blocked 27 of 29 pucks sent his way. Overall, the Legionnaires outshot the Maroons 45-38.

On the power play Sarnia went zero for five and the Maroons scored once on four opportunities.

The Legionnaires are back in action tonight (Friday Oct 30) on the road to St. Thomas (8-4-1) to face the Stars.







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