Legionnaires Lost in OT

September 25, 2015

By Dan McCaffery

Head coach Mark Davis couldn't hide his displeasure with the officiating Thursday after his Sarnia Legionnaires dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the St. Thomas Stars.

Matt McJannett scored the winner on a powerplay early in extra time.

The goal came shortly after an altercation behind the St. Thomas net in which Legionnaires veteran Ryan Trottier received four minutes for spearing Carson Moniz of the Stars. Moniz was assessed a two-minute minor for holding the stick.

"I'm not happy with that call,” the bench boss said. He added both players should have been handed two minutes in the sin bin.

Overall, however, Davis was pleased with what he saw.

"It's another game we should have won,” he said. “In the first period we struggled but in the second and third we played well.”

With the setback Sarnia's record stands at 1-2-1, good enough for three points.

The Legionnaires held St. Thomas to just eight shots on goal over the last 40 minutes of regulation time, including just two in the second period.

But the Stars dominated the first stanza, grabbing a 2-0 lead on goals by Lucas Mastroianni and Carson Brookshaw. However, much to the delight of the more than 1,200 fans on hand at the Brock Street barn, Sarnia tied the contest with a pair of tallies in the middle frame.

Defenceman Brad Yowart came off the point to score just past the one minute mark. Assists went to Tyczynski and Ryan Trottier.

Jordan Fogarty squared matters with a powerplay strike at 4:29. Helpers were credited to rookie Jacob Stos, who has four points in four games, and veteran Brandon Layman.

There was no further scoring until Matt McJannett netted the powerplay winner early in OT.

Game notes:

The Legionnaires outshot the visitors 29-23.

Sarnia returns to action Sunday when it travels to Chatham to face the Maroons. Their next home game is slated for next Thursday, when they will face the Lambton Shores Predators.

To celebrate their 65th season, the Legionnaires have completed their banner raisings at Sarnia Arena. Five championship banners that were not there last year have been added to the collection. In all, the Sarnia franchise has won a record 16 Western Jr. 'B' titles and seven Sutherland Cups as all-Ontario kingpins.






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