Sarnia, ON - The Sarnia Legionnaires will head back
to Strathroy on Saturday facing elimination after a
6-5 overtime loss to the Rockets Thursday night at
the Sarnia Arena.
"We got to
show up and be ready to play," said Legionnaires
Head Coach Dan Rose. "That is two games in a row
where we are not mentally ready to play hockey."
first period goal by Steve Farlow gave the
Legionnaires the 1-0 after the first twenty,
Strathroy responded with a huge second period,
scoring four goals, including two on the power play.
would tie the game six minutes into the second,
followed by Tyler Duarte with the first power play
goal of the period as the Rockets took their first
lead. Jacob Baribeau would score the third of the
period, while Mitch McNeill would finish off the
scoring in the second with a power play, as the
Rockets lead 4-1 after twenty minutes.
third, Sarnia would come out quickly and get the
momentum swing back on their side as Derek D'Andrea
scored 51 seconds into the period. Two quick
Legionnaires goals would help tie the game as Shawn
Waldie would score on a penalty shot, while Daniel
Nikandrov would score just over a minute later to
tie the game at 4-4.
would look for he go ahead goal, and it would Duarte
with his second of the game to put the Rockets back
in front. The lead wouldn't last long as Nikandrov
would also pick up his second of the period just 30
seconds later to tie it again at 5-5.
would need overtime despite the Legionnaires putting
22 shots on net in the third period.
would be quick, as Derek Nap would beat Kyle Washer
just 48 seconds into the period, to give Strathroy a
6-5 victory, and a 3-2 series lead.
Washer made 39 saves and faced 45 shots in the loss.
better show up ready to go on Saturday or we'll be
golfing on Sunday," said Rose. "We got out worked
for two periods. We are standing around, reaching
for pucks. Give Strathroy credit, they compete very
very hard. They are one of the hardest working teams
in this league."
his team is perfectly capable of playing with the
Rockets, but they are just simply not showing up to
will end this weekend, as Sarnia heads to Strathroy
on Saturday, and if needed, game seven will go
Sunday in Sarnia.
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