Over 900 people jammed into the Sarnia Arena on Sunday night looking to cheer the hometown team on to a much-needed win in their best of seven series with the St. Thomas Stars. They were not just from Sarnia either; people from Petrolia and Forest as well as from across the bridge were looking to see if there would be a game five in the series or not. There is no doubt that Coach Mark Davis had given his boys “the talk” as they came out strong and played with heart and determination for the full 60 minutes.
Within the first minute of play St. Thomas knew what they were up against as Davis would go to his number one goalie Will Barber, and the Legionnaires would get the first goal of the game just 24 seconds into the contest thanks to Greg Hay. Then Alec DeKoning would take a great lead pass from Ben Schoch and it would be 2-0 in less than a minute into the game. St. Thomas would call a timeout to regroup and draw up a new game plan. Ben Schoch would be great at holding the blue line and would get the opportunity to unleash a wicked wrist shot from the point on the powerplay and that would beat Stars goalie Jesse Hodgson and make it 3-0 at the end of one period. Penalties started piling up for the Legionnaires at the end of the period as Joel Pavey would get called for a head shot giving him two minutes and a misconduct. Then Jake Vince would get two cross-checking calls against him and have to serve four minutes which left many in the crowd scratching their heads.
The Stars would open up the second period on the power play and that’s how much of the rest of the game was played as Sarnia would serve 26 minutes on 10 infractions while St. Thomas would serve six minutes on three penalties. The Stars would get on the board courtesy of a powerplay goal by Peter Fleming, that would be his first of two on the night, but Sarnia would answer that. Alec DeKoning would get his second of the night, as he grabbed a loose puck in front of Hodgson and it was a 4-1 game. That would be the end of Mr. Hodgson’s time in the St. Thomas net, as they would switch him for Anthony Hurtubise.
St. Thomas would come within one at the 7:17 mark of the third period as Fleming would get his second of the night. The Stars would pull Hurtubise with a minute left in the game but the Legionnaires would stop the final gasp from the Stars and get a home ice 4-3 win.
Sarnia will now go back to St. Thomas on Tuesday night trailing two games to one in the series. With this victory, there will be a game five and that will be on Thursday night at the Sarnia Arena with the puck drop at 7:05.