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Fluke goal hands Legionnaires second loss in two nights
andrew brethauer January 11th, 2012

Sarnia, ON -  A shot from centre ice got past Kyle Washer and would end up being the game winner as the St. Thomas Stars hand the Sarnia Legionnaires their second loss in as many nights.

"That was a really good junior B hockey game," said Legionnaires Head Coach Dan Rose. "Very typical of what the playoffs are going to be like."

St. Thomas held the lead after the first period as Justin Clark redirected a pass past Washer's glove for the first goal of the game.

Sarnia would score a pair in the early half of the first period to take the lead, as Tyler Cicchini opened the scoring for Sarnia as his shot flopped over Stars goalie Michael Slaats to tie the game. Steve Farlow would pick up the go ahead goal, stealing a turnover in the Stars zone and putting a wrist shot past Slaats for a 2-1 lead.

St. Thomas would only allowed the lead to last just over a minute, as Alex Cremasco would get would get two chances at a rebound and finally beat a sprawling Washer to tie the game back at 2-2. The Stars would go ahead again as Mac Wood would again pick up a rebound off Washer before the puck slid into the back of the net.

The Legionnaires would look for the equalizer and Evan Dixon would find it, getting a shot past Slaats to score the third goal of the period for Sarnia, and tying the game at 3-3 heading into the third.

The playoff atmosphere picked up in the third, as Sarnia would spend the the better half on the power play. With under three mintues remaining, the Stars would win a faceoff back to Thomas Kohler on the far side of the red line where he would throw a shot on net and beat Washer. The fluke goal would be the game winner in a 4-3 loss.

Washer made 26 saves in the loss for Sarnia.

Sarnia has not lost their second in a row but still remain in first place in the Western Conference and have lost both games by one goal.

"We were two shots away those two games," said Rose. "A shot away last night and a shot away tonight. We just came up on the wrong end of the score and we played pretty well. That happens from time to time. We're still in first place."

Sarnia will be back in action at home on Saturday night as they host the Leamington Flyers.



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