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Legionnaires to face elimination after overtime loss
andrew brethauer March 22nd, 2012

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."

After a 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.

Ryan Field 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.

In the 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.

Both teams 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.

The game would need overtime despite the Legionnaires putting 22 shots on net in the third period.

Overtime 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.

Kyle Washer made 39 saves and faced 45 shots in the loss.

"They 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."

Rose says his team is perfectly capable of playing with the Rockets, but they are just simply not showing up to play.

The series 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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