By Dan McCaffery
The Sarnia Legionnaires got even with the London Nationals in Western Jr. 'B' playoff hockey action Wednesday.
Coach Dan Rose's club edged the Nats 3-2 in overtime to square their best-of-seven quarterfinal series at two games each. London won the first two games of the series.
Sarnia won despite the fact that, at the end, it was missing an entire forward line. Hunter Tyczynski and Jordan Fogarty were out with injuries and Jay Clarke was hurt in the second period and did not return.
file photo - Riley Roberts
Riley Roberts was the hero for the Legion crew in extra time.
With London serving a penalty for too many men on the ice, defenceman Curtis Crombeen got the puck at the point and fed it to Roberts, who was standing a little off to the side of the net.
Nationals goalie Jacob Riley made a desperate bid to get across in time but left the top half of the cage open. Roberts, a 17-year-old rookie, made no mistake, blasting the rubber into the top corner to win the game.
The tally capped a dramatic comeback for the Legionnaires, who were down 1-0 at the end of the first period and 2-0 after 40 minutes.
Sarnia had its chances in the first two stanzas, with Riley Babkirk being robbed from close range and Thomas Moxley ringing a shot off the crossbar.
But it wasn't until the game was winding down that the visitors found the back of the net.
Davis Boyer, playing the point on the powerplay, got Sarnia back into the game with a screen shot with just over eight minutes left in regulation time. Babkirk was credited with an assist on the play.
With less than two minutes to go, rookie defenceman Brad Campbell roared over the blueline, skated into the faceoff circle and unloaded a blast that tied things up. It was an unassisted effort.
The Legionnaires had the edge in play in OT, outshooting the Nationals 8-5.
Game Five goes tonight (Thursday, March 6) at the Brock Street Barn. The puck drop is set for 7:10 p.m.