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Legionnaires earn victory on Woolie Night
andrew brethauer December 8th, 2011

Sarnia, ON - The Sarnia Legionnaires are in soul possession of first place in the Western Conference after a 4-2 victory over the Chatham Maroons Thursday night in Junior B hockey.

It was also Woolie Toss night at the Sarnia Arena, and the fans had to wait till late in the first period for the Legionnaires to get the hats and gloves on the ice, as Thomas Moxley got a deflected goal to drop in, sending bags on to the ice, and giving the Legionnaires the 1-0 lead after the first period.

In the second period, Evan Dixon would put the Legionnaires up 2-0 after getting a pass in the slot from Jason Teschke. But the Maroons would cut the lead in half a minute later as Brennan Feasey put a shot on net that Sean Parker kicked out to Michael Verboom who immediately put it into the back of the net.

But Sarnia would restore their two goal lead, as Jason Teschke would get his second point of the game, walking out front and fighting off a defencemen before backhanding a shot by Conner MacKinnon for the 3-1 lead.

Sarnia would extend the lead to three goals, as Nathan Mater would steal the puck in the Chatham zone and feed Justice Dundas for a wrist shot goal. Chatham would score one back as Verboom would get his second of the game on a screened shot.

A scoreless third period would give the Legionnaires the 4-2 victory.

Sarnia had call ups from the Mooretown Flags as they battle injury and suspensions, but still picked up the victory to move into first place.

"We are short handed, the kids from Mooretown had some great shifts for us. Sean Parker is getting better every game," said Legionnaires Head Coach Dan Rose. "All and all we had a good effort from a lot of kids."

With the Legionnaires short on players, others are getting a chance to step onto the ice more. Thomas Moxley got a goal and played extra minutes with Anthony Donati on suspension.

Sarnia was outshot 42-32, but Rose believed the shots were not a good indication of the action in the game.

"They only got some good scoring chances off 2 or 3 break downs on our part," said Rose. "They definitely didn't out play us. We out played them and had some good scoring chances."

With Sarnia in first half way through the season, the Legionnaires are currently just working on bettering themselves individually, as they wait for their team to get back to full strength.

"We just want to eliminate the little mistakes," said Rose. "What we are trying to focus on is if each player plays the best that he can play and keep working on helping each player get better and better and some of them are getting a little more ice right now and that's a positive thing."

Sarnia travels to St. Marys on Friday before returning home next Thursday against Strathroy.


 

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