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Legionnaires take series lead with second win of weekend
andrew brethauer March 18th, 2012

Sarnia, ON - It seems as if the Sarnia Legionnaires are going to score against the Strathroy Rockets, they are going to score in four's. This after a four goal second period Sunday night in a 4-2 victory to put them up two games to one in their second round series.

Sarnia scored nine goals in Saturday's win, including four goals in each the first and second period.

"We started slow which did not surprise me after last nights game," said Legionnaires Head Coach Dan Rose. "After the first period we got a little bit focused and they came out hard in the second. Our penalty kill was excellent tonight."

Sarnia killed off all 11 power play chances the Rockets had, while scoring on two of their five chances.

Tyler Duarte had both Strathroy goals, scoring to open the game in the first period, and finishing in the third with a goal 23 seconds into the period.

But it was the second period that was the game changer, as Sarnia scored twice on the power play and once short handed and once even strength. Steve Farlow tied the game at 1-1 with a power play goal, followed by Tyler Cicchini with the even-strength goal.

Michael Sollazzo would add a short handed goal in what would be the eventual game winner, while Jason Teschke would score the second power play goal of the period.

Rose comments that the veteran leadership is starting to step up, and was a major factor in securing the victory as it shut the Rockets down in the third period, ending any early momentum they had from Duarte's second goal.

"When you have older players you hope come playoff time their experience and their wisdom comes through," said Rose. "Don't get rattled, just keep plugging away and good things will happen."

Kyle Washer made 25 saves in the victory, while Sarnia again out shot the Rockets 32-27.

Game four will go Tuesday in Strathroy, with game five back in Sarnia on Thursday.


 

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