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Legionnaires move into first to start December with blow out over Vipers
andrew brethauer December 1st, 2011

Sarnia, ON - The Sarnia Legionnaires scored five in the second period against the LaSalle Vipers as part of a 9-3 victory in Junior B hockey Thursday night.

Jason Teschke had two goals for the Legionnaires, both coming in the second period, and one short handed as Teschke got in on a breakaway and beat Vipers goalie Andrew Polkosnik who came in for relief for Jordan Dekort, who was pulled after the first five Sarnia goals.

Sean Parker made 23 stops for the Legionnaires and earned his seventh win of the season, as the Legionnaires out shot the Vipers 30-26.

LaSalle had the original lead, opening with a goal from Dylan Denomme who would beat Parker at the side of the net. Derek D'Andrea would tie, as a rebound would come out onto his stick and find its way into the back of the net, making it 1-1 after the first period.

The second period started with Daniel Nikandrov picking up a loose puck put out front by Teschke, and getting it by Dekort for Sarnia's first lead of the game. But the Vipers would reply as Eric Noel would get a shot past Parker from the slot, tying it at 2-2.

But the tie game lasted 31 seconds, as Brent Sauve put a shot from a top of the circle and over the shoulder of Dekort for the 3-2 Sarnia lead, in which they would never look back.

Teschke would get his first goal of the game in what would prove to be the game winner, followed by Justice Dundas whose goal brought in the Vipers back up after his charge to the net result in the puck slipping into the back of the net. Teschke would finish off the period with his short handed goal, as the Legionnaires took a 6-2 lead into the third.

Louie Rowe continued the Legionnaires score 1:32 into the period, but the Vipers would get a response on the power play, as Dylan Seguin would get a shot by Parker.

Sarnia would go on to add two more goals, as Shawn Waldie would get a fluke goal, as Polkosnik mishandled the puck and pushed it into his own net, and Nikandrov would score his second of the game off a block shot rebound that he back handed for the Legionnaires ninth goal of the game.

"We got players back in the line up which is huge," said Assistant Coach Bob Farlow. "For the most part we played a good game, kept it simple."

Sarnia only had three chances on the power play, but their penalty kill has been a bright spot, killing off 4 of the 5 penalties including a short handed goal, and not allowing a single goal during a 3 minute span of 5 on 3 hockey.

"5 on 5, when we get rolling we are a tough team," said Farlow. "5 on 5, stay out of the box, keep the game simple."

Sarnia moves into top spot in the Western Conference, tied with London in points at 35, but the Legionnaires have played one less game. They will travel to Lambton Shores on Friday against the Predators whom they have a 1-2 record against, with both losses coming at home, and their only victory against them in Lambton Shores. Kyle Washer will get the start in net for Sarnia.



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