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Legionnaires clinch first in West with victory over Maroons
andrew brethauer February 16th, 2012

Sarnia, ON - With a 6-2 victory over the Chatham Maroons, the Sarnia Legionnaires have locked up first place in the Western Conference, and will have home ice advantage throughout the rest of the playoffs.

Sarnia struck quickly in the first period, as Derek D'Andrea scored on a wrap around goal to put the Legionnaires a head 1-0. Shortly after while on the power play, Nathan Mater would get a sharp angle shot on net past Chatham goalie Hunter Johnson for a 2-0 Sarnia lead.

But the Maroons, who are still fighting for a playoff spot of their own, would come back in the first period. Brennan Feasey would get a shot past Kyle Washer to cut the lead in half, and Thomas Eady would tie the game after getting a pass from Feasey in front, as the game was tied 2-2 after the first period.

In the second period, Sarnia would retake the lead late, as Steve Farlow would score to put Sarnia back in front in would end up being the game winning goal.

In the third, Sarnia would continue to score, as Daniel Nikandrov would slip the fourth goal past Johnson. Sarnia would score again on the power play as Jason Teschke picked up the fifth goal of the game, and Farlow would finish off the game with his second of the night on an empty net goal.

Kyle Washer made 42 saves in the victory, while Sean Parker made all 8 coming in for just under 15 minutes of play. Sarnia was out shot 52-43 in the game.

The victory now puts Sarnia eight points in front of Leamington who has 58 points and has four games left to play including the final game of the season against Sarnia. Sarnia ha won the season series against the Flyers winning four of five so far.

Chatham remains out of the playoff picture as they remain tied with 41 points with the Lambton Shores Predators, with both having three games remaining. Sarnia will take on either one of these teams in the first round of the playoffs.



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