Sarnia, ON - After sweeping the Lambton Shores
Predators in the first round of the playoffs, the
Sarnia Legionnaires came out flat against the
Strathroy Rockets, losing game one 3-2 despite a
called back goal late in the third period.
a good wake up call for us," said Legionnaires Head
Coach Dan Rose. "We got off to a bad start, maybe
because we were off, I don't know. I thought the
guys were ready to play but we came out and we were
flat. You have these games from time to time and you
hope they don't happen in the playoffs."
Brown opened the scoring 1:36 into the first period
to give the Rockets a 1-0 lead. Nathan Mater would
respond with a power play goal minutes later to tie
it back up.
through the first Jordan McNaughton would put the
Rockets back in front, but again the the
Legionnaires would respond minutes later as Brent
Sauve tied the game 2-2.
second, McNaughton would score his second of the
game, in what would eventually be the game winning
seemingly tied the game in the third, but Michael
Sollazzo would be called for goalie interference
with thirty seconds remaining, erasing the goal, and
giving the Rockets the 3-2 win, and game one
played well, they played a great road game," said
Rose. "We competed the second half but then we
didn't get the bounces."
back goal was heavily debated, but Rose says that
the Legionnaires shouldn't have put themselves in
that position where that goal was important to the
outcome of the game.
Washer made 21 saves in the loss, as Sarnia out shot
the Rockets 30-24.
is Saturday night in Strathroy, where Rose says the
team just needs to show up and compete in order to
secure a victory.
got to show up and compete hard," said Rose. "Show
up and compete from start to finish that is how we
had our success. If you put yourself in a position
where one or two goals make a difference you wont
get the bounces. If we give 60 minutes against most
of the teams in this league we have had good
success. We will come back with a good effort from
start to finish on Saturday and have good results."
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