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Legionnaires come out flat in game one vs Rockets
andrew brethauer March 15th, 2012

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.

"That was 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."

Davis 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.

Midway 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.

In the second, McNaughton would score his second of the game, in what would eventually be the game winning goal.

Sarnia had 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 victory.

"Strathroy played well, they played a great road game," said Rose. "We competed the second half but then we didn't get the bounces."

The called 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.


Kyle Washer made 21 saves in the loss, as Sarnia out shot the Rockets 30-24.

Game two is Saturday night in Strathroy, where Rose says the team just needs to show up and compete in order to secure a victory.

"We just 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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