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Dundas hat-trick leads Legionnaires to win over Rockets
andrew brethauer December 15th, 2011

Sarnia, ON -  Justice Dundas scored in each period for a hat-trick, leading the Sarnia Legionnaires to a 7-4 victory over the Strathroy Rockets Thursday night.

"It was a good win. We were a little sloppy at times especially just after we scored a goal," said Head Coach Dan Rose. "We played pretty good 5 on 5. We got the penalties killed in the second period mostly. We are just a little bigger and a little strong then them."

Strathroy got on the board first after Ryan Field waited out Kyle Washer on a back hand shot, but that would end up being the only lead the Rockets would have for the rest of the game. Three minutes later Nathan Mater would redirect a Mike Dipaolo shot from the point to tie it at 1-1.

Evan Dixon would put the Legionnaires in front with a quick moving power play goal, and Dundas would finish the period off with his first of the night, firing a wrist shot by Dalen Kuchmey as he stood in the slot unprotected.

In the second, Brent Sauve would make it four straight Sarnia goals, as his back hand would eventually trickle over the line for the 4-1 lead, but just over a minute later Nick Boyer would respond for the Rockets, as quick puck movement in the zone ended with the Rockets cutting the lead down to two.

With the Legionnaires short handed, Dundas would pick up his second of the night on a breakaway goal, spliting the defence before putting it by Kuchmey. But the Rockets would keep the lead at two, as 33 seconds later Field's would get his second of the game, banking a pass of Kyle Washer.

In the third with Sarnia leading 5-3, Dundas would pick up his third of the night much the same as his first, alone in the slot and wrist shot over Kuchmey's glove. Jason Teschke would add a quick goal 12 seconds after for the 7-3 lead. The Rockets would score one more on the power play.

Kyle Washer made 31 saves, earning his 13th victory of the season.

Back in the line up was Tyler Cicchini, but Sarnia was without Anthony Donti, Jesse Drydak and Derek D'Andrea. But with a five game winning streak, the team has continued to hit its stride, opening a five point lead on London for first in the Western Conference.

"It just shows our depth," said Rose. "Every single player on our team contributes something. They are either big strong, or skill and speed. We have a great combination. We have been fortunate to see how everyone can do in different situations and they have all come through."

Sarnia is off till next Thursday when they welcome St. Marys and then will head to Strathroy for the final game of 2011.



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