Legionnaires Going to Game Seven After Controversial Loss


 By Dan McCaffery

winning goal that was denied

The LaSalle Vipers were credited with a highly controversial victory Saturday that tied their best-of-seven series with the Sarnia Legionnaires at three games apiece.

The Legionnaires appeared to win the game in sudden death overtime but the goal was disallowed, with the referee ruling the puck had been kicked into the net.


"We won the game,” a fuming Sarnia head coach Mark Davis said afterward. “There was no kicking, nothing. We won the game. It's sad when a ref dictates a game.”

Moments after the goal was disallowed, Sarnia's Ryan Trottier was assessed a roughing penalty for a play in which Davis felt LaSalle goalie Paolo Battisti had taken a dive.

The Vipers scored the winner on the ensuing power-play.


Earlier in the game, to add insult to injury, a Sarnia goal was disallowed after Battisti appeared to kick the net off its moorings. The cage behind Battisti came off several times during the contest.


Captain Hunter Tyczynski had two goals for the Legionnaires, including a power-play marker and a shorthanded tally. Defenceman Eric Marsh and rookie forward Alec DeKoning had the other markers for the home team.

Daniel Beaudoin had two goals for the winners, including the overtime tally. Singles were credited to Tyler Russell, Owen Lalonde and Liam MacDougall.


Both teams went one for eight on the power play.


Shane Battler suffered the loss making 37 saves.


Attendance at the Brock Street barn was just under 2,000. Game Seven goes tonight (Sunday, March 13) in LaSalle at 5:00 pm.





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