Stars Blank Legionnaires

December 20, 2015

By Dan McCaffery

The Sarnia Legionnaires went into the Christmas break on a disappointing note Saturday.

Coach Mark Davis's Jr. 'B' hockey dropped a 3-0 decision to the St. Thomas Stars before more than 2,000 fans at the Brock Street barn.

With the team holding both its Woolie Toss and Turkey Toss on the same night, the crowd was about 800 fans above average.

Despite the score, those in attendance saw a competitive hockey game. In fact, two of the St. Thomas goals went into an empty net during the final minute of the contest.

"It was really a 1-0 game,” head coach Mark Davis said.

Still, the defeat ended a four-game Legionnaires winning streak.


Davis felt his charges, who outshot the Stars 31-19, deserved a better fate. “We outplayed them, we outworked them, we outshot them and they won the hockey game. They had only five shots in the first period and only five more in the second.”

Winning goalie Dan Black has now shut the Legionnaires out twice this season.

The Sarnians were good in the penalty killing department, surviving a two-man disadvantage in the first period and a five-minute cross-checking major to Ethan DuPont in the middle frame.


The Sarnians also hit a goal post in the first period and Black made a couple of brilliant glove saves late in the third stanza.

Adam Keyes got what proved to be the winning tally at 11:09 of the opening frame.

Matt McJannet and Spencer Hutchinson were credited with the empty netters.


With the setback the Legionnaires saw their record drop to 15-11-1-3. They are in sixth place in the nine-team Western Ontario Hockey Conference, two points back of the fifth ranked LaSalle Vipers. Sarnia has two games in hand on the Vipers.

Sarnia returns to action Thursday, Jan. 7 when it hosts the Strathroy Rockets. Game time is set for 7:10 p.m.







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