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Legionnaires hold on for victory over Flyers
andrew brethauer January 14th, 2012

Sarnia, ON -  A five goal second period was almost all for not as the Sarnia Legionnaires managed to hang on to a one goal lead with seconds to play after giving up four in the third period in a 6-5 victory over the Leamington Flyers Saturday night in Jr. B hockey.

Despite the small collapse, Legionnaires Head Coach Dan Rose was still pleased with the victory.

"That was a great win for our team, we were really short handed," said Rose. "Guys got hurt during the games, guys were sick. The players were tired and we were just a bit out of sync. Tired hockey players make mistakes and we made mistakes in the third."

Leamington lead to open the game as Chris Scott scored on the power play to make it 1-0. Jesse Drydak, who was battling sickness all game, scored with a minute remaining to tie the game and begin the goal streak the Legionnaires would go on.

Mike Dipaolo would start the scoring in the second banging home a goal, and he was followed up ten seconds later by Thomas Moxley for a Sarnia 3-1 lead.

The Legionnaires kept coming in the period as Evan Dixon would score on the power play, while Shawn Waldie would put an excellent stick move on the goalie heading around the net to make it a 5-1 game. Jason Teschke would cap off the five goal period scoring short handed after out working the Flyers in their own in to dig out a loose puck and score.

In the third the injuries and short bench of the Legionnaires began to become a factor. Austin Mattson would break the goal streak and get the Flyers back on the board. Alex Seguin would score his own short handed goal, slipping a shot under the pads of Sean Parker.

Mattson would pick up his second of the period deflecting a shot in the goal with under a minute left. Cheyne Matheson would add the fourth goal of the period for the Flyers on a cross crease pass that left Parker out of position.

But with only 8 seconds remaining, Sarnia would hold on and earn the two points in a 6-5 victory.

"The reality was we were exhausted," said Rose. "A win is a win. We are short handed so we will move forward, get some guys rested up this week and see what happens."

Rose indicated that despite some injuries in game, that all the Legionnaires hurt during the game would be fine and be ready to play again.

Sarnia is back in action on Thursday night at home to St. Marys.



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