Sarnia Legionnaires edge St. Thomas Stars in overtime win

Ryan Vendramin scores winning goal

Photo of Ryan Vendramin of the Sarnia Legionnaires by Anne Tigwell.
Photo of Ryan Vendramin of the Sarnia Legionnaires by Anne Tigwell.

The Sarnia Legionnaires seem to thrive in overtime situations.

The Jr. ‘B’ hockey club demonstrated that fact again Friday, edging the St. Thomas Stars 4-3 in OT.

So far this season, the Legion crew has played 11 overtime contests, winning six, losing three and tying the other two.

Ryan Vendramin was the hero Friday, scoring from the side of the net after being set up by Jordan Fogarty and Brandon Layman.

For Vendramin, it was his 19th goal of the year – including five game winners. For Fogarty, it was his 99th career point.

Other Sarnia goals were scored by Fogarty (with his 14th), Brock Perry (with his 13) and Alec DeKoning (with his seventh).

DeKoning’s tally, which tied the game in the third period, came after he roared over the blueline at top speed before stepping into a blazing drive from the top of the faceoff circle.

With the triumph Sarnia improved its record to 18-16-3-2.

As it stands now, Sarnia is just four points behind both St. Thomas and LaSalle, who share fourth place in the nine-team Western Jr. ‘B’ hockey loop. The top four clubs will get home ice advantage when playoffs begin in March.

Game notes:

Goalie Shayne Battler made 35 saves to record his 11thvictory of the year. Stars netminder Nikolas Dampier suffered the loss, despite blocking 32 Sarnia shots.

The Legionnaires were missing Brett Storr and Captain Hunter Tyczynski, who are both injured.

The Legionnaires return to action next Thursday when they host St. Marys at the Brock Street barn. Game time is set for 7:10 p.m.

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