Legionnaires edge out Rockets in last regular season game

Legionnaires secure home ice advantage in first round of playoffs

Saturday night the Sarnia Legionnaires were at the West Middlesex Memorial Arena in Strathroy for a match-up with the Rockets.  Both teams are heading into the playoffs, with the Legionnaires facing St. Thomas in their first round match-up, while Strathroy will face the London Nationals.  This was the last game of the regular season and both teams wanted to end the season on a high note and secure home ice going into the playoffs.

The Legionnaires would start things off early with a goal from Joey Zappa; the Rockets would answer back as Emmett Pierce would get one behind Blair Coffin, who was in the Legionnaires net. Joel Pavey would put Sarnia back in the lead with a goal halfway through the first period but Sarnia would take a high sticking penalty and that would put the Rockets on the powerplay.  Liam Whittaker would tie the score again at two apiece.

Sarnia again would go ahead in the second period as Alec Trusler would get one by Rockets netminder Vince Michelizzi to make it 3-2.  But the Rockets were back into it again, when they again went on the powerplay and Greg Marks tied things up.

Strathroy would go ahead in the third period with a goal from Michael Bryne.  Now it was Sarnia’s turn to answer as Jon Sanderson got his first of two in the game.  The battle continued as Michael Wood again put the Rockets in the lead, But Sanderson would get his second of the night for Sarnia with a powerplay goal and send this one to overtime.

A bad turnover by Strathroy and Sam McCormack would get the puck and send it by Michelizzi at 1:52 in O-T for a hard-fought win.  This win would give the Legionnaires home-ice advantage going into their series with St. Thomas; the London Nationals would get the advantage over the Rockets in their series.  Still no start times for either of these playoff series to start.

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