The Sarnia Legionnaires rolled into St. Thomas on Thursday night in a must-win situation. The Legionnaires were down 3-1 in the series and were looking for a win in order to bring the series back to the Brock St. Barn for a much-needed game six.
Sarnia would start out strong with a goal by Brock Perry just 21 seconds into the game and that is where the dream would die. St. Thomas would answer back just 30 seconds later as Brett Fisher would put the puck past Blair Coffin who was guarding the Legionnaires net. Later at the halfway point of the period, Adam Keyes would get his first of two on the night by beating Coffin on the feed from Fisher.
St. Thomas would have seven powerplay opportunities in the game but would only score on one of those chances. Curtis Ferreira would get set up by Mason Millman and it would be a 3-1 game. This goal was set up by a Joey Zappa penalty for interference and then an added misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct. Zappa had already served a penalty for hooking earlier in the period. This would be Sarnia’s second misconduct of the game as Josh Barraclough, would get called for boarding and then serve a 10-minute misconduct on the same call.
St. Thomas would strike again in the third period with a goal from Lucas Mastroianni. Coach Mark Davis would pull Coffin for the extra man but Adam Keyes would put one in the empty net for a 5-2 Stars win and they take the series 4-1. Things really broke down at the end of the game as Josh Barraclough would get called for roughing, a misconduct for inciting an opponent and a second game misconduct. Joey Zappa would get a misconduct for abuse of officials and Trevor Bogaert would get called for slashing and a facemask, that call is usually reserved for football not hockey. All told Sarnia would be called for fifty-two minutes in penalty time on fifteen infractions and St. Thomas would serve 24 minutes on eight calls.
The Legionnaires season now comes to an end but the boys did great getting into the playoffs and giving Sarnia something to be proud of. Next season it is on wards and up wards as Coach Davis shapes his team for better things to come.