By Dan McCaffery
Thomas Moxley exploded for five points Sunday to pace the Sarnia Legionnaires to a 6-5 win over the Chatham Maroons in Jr. 'B' hockey exhibition action.
Moxley, a forward who sometimes plays defence, had two goals and three assists. His second goal was the OT winner.
"One of our forwards stripped the puck from a Chatham defenceman, there was a quick shot and Thomas knocked in the rebound, Sarnia assistant general manager Jim Drexler said.
Assists on the play went to Davis Boyer and Cody Slaght.
Moxley got his five points despite the fact that he spent most of the game on the blueline.
Drexler, who handled the bench Sunday, put Moxley on defence after veteran rearguard Tyler Prong was thrown out early in the first period for checking from behind.
Come from behind effort
It was a come-from-behind triumph for the Legionnaires, who found themselves down 2-0 at the end of the first period.
Sarnia scored two goals in 26 seconds early in the middle frame to tie the game, with Riley Roberts and Brad Campbell doing the honours. Roberts started the comeback when he sailed in on a breakaway, deked the goalie out of position and slipped the puck between his legs. Davis Boyer gave the visitors a 3-2 lead before Moxley notched his first of the game to make it 4-2. Chatham got one back before the period ended, then tied the contest early in the final stanza.
But Campbell got his second of the night to restore Sarnia's lead at the 3:12 mark. Not long after that, Michael Verboom scored his second of the match for Chatham to force overtime.
Sean Parker was the winning goalie, with 20 saves to his credit.
Mason Hall of Brampton played the first period in net for Sarnia, turning back 11 shots. Riley Collins, a 16-year-old Sarnia native, was in goal for the second frame and he made 15 saves and picked up an assist.
"Collins made a spectacular leg save, Drexler said, adding it was the save of the night.
Other helpers went to Cody Slaght with two and Boyer, Cody Trowell, Jordan Fogarty and Ryan Lyle with one each.
Sarnia was 1-for-8 on the powerplay, while Chatham was 2-for-10.
The Legionnaires, who are now 1-1-1 on the exhibition trail, play their final preseason contest Wednesday when they host the Maroons.
Game time at the Brock Street rink is slated for 7:10 p.m.