Legionnaires Win Fourth Straight


By Dan McCaffery

STRATHROY The Sarnia Legionnaires pulled another rabbit out of the hat Sunday, storming back from a three-goal deficit to edge the Strathroy Rockets 4-3.

It was Sarnia's second big rally in two nights. Twenty-four hours earlier, the Legion crew had overcome three deficits to upend the Lambton Shores Predators 6-4 right in Forest.

"There's a lot of character in our room, head coach Mark Davis said after watching his charges win their fourth in a row Sunday. A lot of people thought we were down and out when Strathroy went ahead 3-0.

Ryan Vendramin started the comeback late in the second period, whipping home a drive from the faceoff circle to get the Legionnaires on the board.

For Vendramin, it was his team-leading 21st goal of the campaign.

Big rally

In the intermission, Davis had a simple message for his troops. I said, 'boys, if we get the first goal (of the third period) we're going to win the game.

Taking his message to heart, Vendramin raced behind the Strathroy net just past the four minute mark of the final stanza, grabbed a loose puck and put it right onto the stick of Brandon Layman, who was standing in the slot. He made no mistake, denting the twine for his 20th of the season.

Less than a minute later, Alec DeKoning came roaring over the blueline and unloaded a bazooka-like blast that tied the game at 3-3.

"Jordan Fogarty got around a defenceman and got the puck to me, DeKoning recalled afterward. I squeezed her five-hole.

It was DeKonings's ninth of the year.

Before the period was 10 minutes old, Brock Perry scored the winner. The rookie forward found the back of the net with a hard wrist shot from the top of the faceoff circle.

The Legionnaires had a late scare when they found themselves short two-men for almost two minutes. But with the help of goalie Aidan Hughes, they held the fort.

Other assists were awarded to defencemen Brad Yowart, Sam McCormack and Brett Storr, as well as forwards Jarret Marks and Fogarty.


Game notes:

  • With the win Sarnia is now 21-16-2-3. It is tied for fifth with LaSalle, two points behind St. Thomas and three back of Chatham.

  • The Legionnaires return to action Thursday when they host LaSalle at the Brock Street barn.

  • Hughes registered his ninth win of the season, blocking 42 Strathroy shots. The Sarnians had 34 shots on the Rockets cage.

  • In addition to his goal, Layman had two assists. Vendramin also had a pair of helpers, bringing his overall points total to 60 in just 32 games played.




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