Penalties hurt the Legionnaires in a 6-4 loss

Sarnia will return home on Thursday down 3-1 in the series

The Sarnia Legionnaires had a hard time with penalties on Sunday night but still managed to come away with a win. That would not be the case as they played game four in the series in St. Thomas.  The Legionnaires would have penalty problems even before this game started as Ben Schoch and Brock Perry along with Matt Couto of the Stars would get misconducts for warm-up violations, and it just got worse from there.

Once the game finally got underway Jarret Marks would get called for a head shot at the 1:24 mark he would also get an extra two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct.  With the Stars starting out on the powerplay Curtis Ferreira would score the first goal of the game for the hometown Stars.  Brett Fisher would keep the marks coming for St. Thomas and then Ferreira would get his second of the night, shorthanded and that would be the end of Will Barbers night in net for Sarnia as they would switch him out for Blair Coffin.  Jake Robinson would be next to hit the score sheets and it would be a 4-0 St. Thomas lead and the first period was just halfway through.  Sarnia did show some life before the period ended as Joey Zappa fed Nolan DeGurse and the Legionnaires were on the board.

Sarnia would keep the pressure on as they would go on the power play early in the second period.  Jake Robinson would get called for spearing and with Sarnia on the powerplay, Ben Schoch would get some revenge for that pre-game penalty he received with a powerplay goal.  Then it was Josh Barraclough gobbling up a loose puck and putting it behind Jesse Hodgson and it was a 4-3 game and the end of Mr. Hodgson’s night in the St. Thomas net as they would take him out of the game and put in Anthony Hurtubise.  Sarnia would tie the game with a goal from Cade Robbins and it looked like the Legionnaires would make a come back.  Adam Keyes would again put the Stars out in front with under two minutes left in the period to take them into the third, St. Thomas leading 5-4.

Adam Keyes would get his second of the night in the third period to seal this game for the Stars with a 6-4 win.  Sarnia would get a whopping 48 minutes in penalty time on only eight infractions.  St. Thomas only got 24 minutes on eight infractions.  The Legionnaires return to the Sarnia Arena on Thursday night for a do or die game five as they now trail in the series 3-1.  Sarnia has to stay out of the penalty box in order to have a chance at staying in the series, with the amount of time they spent there in game three and in game four, it will be a huge hurdle for the Legionnaires to overcome.

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