STRATHROY – Brandon Layman’s four-point night paced the Sarnia Legionnaires to a 6-5 double overtime win over the Strathroy Rockets here Saturday.
Layman scored an unassisted first period goal, then set up three other tallies to lead his club to its 17th victory of the season.
The veteran forward out-raced a Rockets D-man to a loose puck at centre ice, then streaked into the clear before denting the twine from close range. It was his 18th goal of the campaign.
Later in the stanza, with Strathroy leading 2-1, Layman grabbed a loose puck behind the Rockets net and found rookie Ethan Dupont in the slot. Dupont made no mistake, roofing his fourth goal at the 16:25 mark.
Captain Hunter Tyczynski gave Sarnia its first lead just 12 seconds into the middle frame when he accepted a passout from linemate Brendan Shegena and fired home a drive from between the faceoff circles. Joey Zappa also had a helper on the play.
In the final frame, Zack Vanderwal scored his 4th of the year on a broken play that saw the puck slide into the net almost in slow motion. Jordan Fogarty and Layman were credited with assists.
But Strathroy scorced twice in quick succession to take a 5-4 lead before the period was six minutes old.
Eric Marsh got Sarnia back on even terms just before the mid-point of the third when he charged the goal, lifting the rubber into the cage a split second before the net came off its moorings. For Marsh, a defenceman, it was his second of the year.
In overtime, rearguard Brad Yowart scored the winner, firing a blast from the faceoff circle for his eighth of the season.
The Legionnaires outshot the Rockets 50-44. Aidan Hughes was the winning goalie, while Dane Gubbels took the loss.
Sarnia has won all five meetings with Strathroy this season, with four of those victories coming in extra time.
The Legionnaires showed fine penalty killing skills, fighting off a two man disadvantage for a full two minutes in the middle frame.
In addition to his goal, Marsh was outstanding on the blueline all night long.
The Legionnaires are now 17-14-2-3. They are in sixth place in the Western Jr. ‘B’ hockey loop, four points back of LaSalle and eight ahead of Strathroy.
Rockets goals were scored by Max Ewart, Nick Griffin, Noah Tooke, Matt Stevens and Wes Kelly.