LEGIONNAIRE CURSE CONTINUES IN SARNIA OVER STRATHROY ROCKETS

The Sarnia Legionnaires domination over the Rockets at the Sarnia Arena continued on Thursday, October 6 as the Legionnaires rallied from a 3-1 deficit for a 4-3 overtime win.  The win marked the 15th consecutive victory for Sarnia over the Rockets at the Sarnia Arena.  The two teams were tied 1-1 after one period and the Rockets led 3-2 going into the third period.  With 2 wins over the Rockets this season Sarnia has clinched the season series in Sarnia with just 1 game to be played stretching their season series winning streak at home to 7 years.  The Legionnaires have won 18 of the last 20 season series in Sarnia over the Rockets.

Sarnia, like Strathroy has struggled on the powerplay this season but they converted 2 of 6 chances including the tying goal with 4:54 remaining in regulation time.  The Rockets were 1 for 4 with the man advantage.

Brock Perry gave the Legionnaires an early 1-0 lead just 53 seconds into the contest after he poked in a loose puck after Rocket netminder Zack Weir stopped Joel Pavey on a breakaway.  Underage London Knight draft pick Emmet Pierce tallied his first career Rocket goal to tie the game at 1-1 at 16:44 when he redirected a Spencer Allen drive on starter Blair Coffin.

Michael Wood and Allen paced the Rockets to a 3-1 second period lead by 14:28.  The two goals came 2:45 apart prompting a goaltender change by Legionnaire head coach Mark Davis.  Will Barber came on in relief picking up the win stopping all 7 shots he faced.

Greg Hay brought Sarnia back to within a goal with 12 seconds remaining in the second period on a powerplay.  Perry notched his second of the night to tie the game at 3-3.

Defenseman Ben Schoch’s seeing-eye shot from the top of the faceoff circle through traffic found the top corner on Weir for the game winner.  It was Schoch’s fourth career goal, three of which have come in overtime.

Weir was outstanding in the contest denying the Legionnaires on several outstanding scoring opportunities.  The Rockets were outshot 39-18 including a 14-5 disadvantage in the third period.  Cameron Rombouts also had a solid hard-working outing for the Rockets.  Sarnia dominated the faceoff circle winning 58 of 90 draws (64.4%). The Rockets were without four regular players in the lineup including scoring leader TJ Harris, top defenseman and team captain Greg Marks, the physical Jeff Williams and rookie defenseman Liam Isreals.

(phot credit – Shawna Lavoie Photography, Sarnia facebook)

David Honsberger

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