Two of the top Greater Ontario Junior League teams go head-to-head tonight at the Sarnia Arena

Sports, Where we live — By on November 3, 2011 at 9:11 am

By Dan McCaffery

The Sarnia Legionnaires will face what may be their toughest test of the season Thursday, Nov. 3 when they host the St. Marys Lincolns.

The Lincs are the only club in the Western Ontario Hockey Conference that Sarnia has not beaten this year. In their only previous match, which came Sept. 16 in the Stone Town, St. Marys won 6-2.

Game time at the Brock Street Barn is set for 7:10 p.m.

Sarnia has won 10 straight games but will be without defenceman Tyler Prong, who has been called up by the OHL's Sudbury Wolves. He is expected back Sunday when the Legionnaires play in Chatham.

Blueliner Mike Diapolo is also a doubtful starter due to an ankle injury.

Rose said rearguard Thomas Moxley will be inserted back into the lineup after missing last week's game against St. Thomas.

The Lincs have the best powerplay in the entire 26 team Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, with a success rate of 28 per cent. Sarnia, by comparison, is clicking with the extra man 16.1 per cent of the time. Both teams are virtually equal when it comes to penalty killing, with each having success rates of just over 84 per cent.

Kyle Washer will get the start net for the Legionnaires.

Rose said the Legionnaires realize that regardless of how well they have done in recent weeks, each game is a new challenge. “Our goal is to bring our work boots to practise and our combat boots to games,” he said. “We're taking it one game at a time.”

The winning streak, he continued, is just a history of 10 battles the Legionnaires have won.

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