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Legionnaires one loss away from elimination
dan mccaffery march 2nd, 2011

LONDON Dan Rose doesn't expect the Sarnia Legionnaires to go gently into that good night when they play the London Nationals at home tonight.

"I know we will give the fans a good effort in our barn, the head coach said after watching his team drop a 4-3 overtime decision to the hometown Nats.

London leads the best-of-seven Western Ontario Hockey Conference quarterfinal series 3-0 in games. But the series has been much closer than that would indicate, with two of the three contests having been decided in overtime.

Neither team showed much emotion for the first half of last night's encounter. The Legionnaires looked especially tentative during that stretch, falling behind 3-0.

But veteran Owen Rogers started a furious comeback with a second period blast from the point that went through a screen and beat goalie Taylor Edwards.

Captain Tyler Cicchini and rookie Nathan Mater assisted on what was the second goal of the post season for Rogers.

In the final period, Tanner Tomlinson scored a brilliant shorthanded marker to cut the lead to 3-2. Tomlinson roared over the London blueline, went around the lone Nats defender like he was a pylon, and fired a hard drive that beat Edwards high on the glove side.

The tying goal came off the stick of Thomas Moxley, a defensive defenceman who banged in a loose puck during a wild scramble with just over five minutes left in regulation time.

But London won early in OT, with Aaron Dartch doing the damage after the Legionnaires missed an easy chance to clear the zone.

Sarnia outshot London 33-32.

Kyle Washer took the loss in net.



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