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Legionnaires rebound against Rockets to end year on high note
andrew brethauer December 23rd, 2011


Strathroy, ON - After a terrible performance against St. Marys Thursday night in which Coach Dan Rose laid into his team for their poor performance, the Sarnia Legionnaires were able to turn things around and end 2011 with a victory, defeating the Strathroy Rockets 7-5.

But it was almost all for not, after the Legionnaires held a 5-2 lead midway through the third period after a Jesse Drydak goal the Rockets would respond with three goals in a minute and 21 seconds to tie the game at 5-5. Chase Thornton scored his second goal of the night on the power play, followed by Tyler Coleman and 16 seconds later Ryan Field.

Much like Thursday night, the Legionnaires would take the lead after Tyler Prong scored, and headed into the final minute of play with a pulled goalie at the other end. Only this time Brent Sauve was able to score on the open net to seal the victory for Sarnia 7-5.

It was the second time in the last two nights the Legionnaires blew a lead in the third period.

Things started off on the wrong end as Chase Thornton scored his first of the night 1:30 into the game. Sarnia would escape the first with the lead after Shawn Waldie tied it at 1-1, and Tyler Cicchini scored 14 seconds later for the 2-1 lead.

Nick Boyer would tie the game in the early second, but the goals continued to come fast as Jason Teschke put Sarnia back in front 28 seconds later. Cicchini would pick up his second of the game, as Sarnia lead 4-2 heading into the third. Kyle Washer made 19 saves in the second period, as the Rockets outshot Sarnia 20-10, and he would go on to make 38 saves in total over the course of the game.

The victory puts Sarnia two points ahead of the London Nationals in the Western Conference heading into the Christmas break, while Sarnia also has 1 game in hand against the Nationals The two teams will meet on Thursday, January 5th as the first game back for the Legionnaires in 2012.


 

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