By Dan McCaffery
Jason Teschke scored a hat trick in a losing cause Friday as the Sarnia Legionnaires dropped a 4-3 road game in St. Marys.
The Sarnians kept the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League game close despite the fact that they were missing a season-high 10 veterans to injuries, illness, a work commitment, Sting callups and a personal matter.
Five midget callups saw action, including Ryan Verbeek, who had two assists. The 15-year-old, who is a nephew of former Stanley Cup champion Pat Verbeek, also rang a shot off a crossbar.
After the game, coach Dan Rose said Verbeek will be joining the Legionnaires for the rest of the regular schedule and playoffs, although he may not dress in every game.
Rose had praise for the effort of his shorthanded crew, saying the rookies "kept it simple" by chipping pucks into the Lincolns zone at every opportunity.
Sarnia returns to action next Thursday when it hosts the Strathroy Rockets.
After that, the regular season champion Legionnaires close out the schedule with a road game a week from today in Leamington.