By Dan McCaffery
ST. CATHARINES -- Josh Kestner led the Sarnia Legionnaires to a 4-0- victory over the Waterloo Siskins here Saturday at the annual Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League's Showcase Tournament.
The veteran forward broke out of a personal slump, scoring two goals and adding an assist for the winners. Forward Riley Babkirk had three assists for the Legionnaires, who improved their won-lost record to 6-6. Goalie Sean Parker picked up the shutout, making 45 saves.
The triumph snapped a three-game losing streak for the Legionnaires.
With Chatham, Strathroy, Lambton Shores, St. Marys and London all losing their games, the Sarnians picked up some valuable ground in the Western Ontario Hockey Conference standings.
The Showcase Tournament pits teams from Ontario's three Jr. 'B' conferences against one another.
"That was a really good effort," head coach Dan Rose said. "We moved the puck hard and fore-checked well. All of Waterloo's shots came on the power-play and we did the job on the penalty kill. Parker made the first save and the boys cleared the front of the net."
Kestner opened the scoring 24 seconds into the middle stanza, rifling the puck into a yawning cage after pouncing on a juicy rebound from a Riley Babkirk shot. Less than four minutes later, Kestner struck again, banging in his own rebound from a wild goalmouth scramble. He now has eight goals on the season.
The Legion crew went ahead 3-0 before the period was seven minutes old when rookie Riley Roberts took a perfect pass from Nathan Mater, raced in alone and scored with a low drive.
In the final frame Babkirk collected his third assist of the game when he set up captain Davis Boyer at the side of the net. Boyer made no mistake, poking home his second of the campaign. Babkirk now has a team-leading 13 assists to his credit.
The Legionnaires are back in action Wednesday when they travel to LaSalle to face the Vipers. Their next home game is the following night when they host the London Nationals at the Brock Street Barn.