By Dan McCaffery
Sarnia Legionnaires coach Dan Rose says his team will be ready when the Lambton Shores Predators come to town tonight (Thursday, Jan. 26).
“We've had two good practices this week, good, high tempo, high energy practices,” he said. “My guess is we'll play with energy.”
That energy may be needed because Lambton Shores is not the patsy it was in past seasons.
In fact, the Preds crushed the St. Thomas Stars 9-3 last Saturday, registering their 14th win of the campaign. And that's four more victories than they picked up in their past two seasons combined.
Rose said the Predators are a proud team that will keep fighting until they are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.
As it stands now, Lambton Shores is in last place, while the Legionnaires are in first in the Western Ontario Hockey Conference standings.
But Rose says anything can happen. If a team plays hard and gets some bounces going its way, it can beat a club that's higher than it in the standings, he said.
In two previous trips to the Brock Street Barn this season, the Predators won both contests. Sarnia, meanwhile, has won all three games in Lambton Shores.
Whoever wins the game, Legionnaire playmaking ace Shawn Waldie will be out to make history.
Waldie is just two points behind the all-time record for most assists by a Sarnia Jr. 'B' hockey player. In fact, the city native has 124 career helpers to his credit, or just two less than the 126 assists that were racked up by former Legionnaire Matt Abercrombie.
If the mark does fall, it will be the second Sarnia Jr. 'B' milestone to go down this season. Earlier in the campaign, Jesse Drydak surpassed the record for most career goals by a member of the club.
Kyle Washer will get the start in net for Sarnia.
The Legionnaires will be missing Brent Sauve and Spencer Bronzi to injury, but midget callup Nick Sproviero will play.