Sarnia Legionnaires come away empty handed against Leamington Flyers

Brendan Shagena has lone Sarnia goal

_SARlegionnaires_mediumThe Sarnia Legionnaires held their own against the best team in the Western Jr. ‘B’ hockey loop Sunday, but still came away empty handed.

Coach Mark Davis’s club was edged 3-1 by the powerful Leamington Flyers. Brendan Shagena had the lone Sarnia goal (his first of the campaign) in the second period. The tally, which was assisted by Eric Marsh, tied the game at 1-1.

But the home team scored two more goals to skate off with the victory.

Leamington now sports a 27-4-1 record, giving them 55 points. And that’s 11 more than the St. Thomas Stars and London Nationals, who are tied for second.

Goalie Shayne Battler gave the Legionnaires a chance to win, kicking out 44 shots. Winning netminder Tyler Wall faced 19 Legionnaires drives.

Sarnians P. J. Vandervaart and Jarret Marks returned to action after serving suspensions (Vandervaart missed six contests and Marks was sidelined for two).

There was one fight, between Legionnaires rearguard Brad Yowart and Leamington’s Scott Emerson.

Emerson, Mitchell Amante and Zack Guilbeault scored for the winners.

With the loss Sarnia’s record falls to 16-13-1-3, which leaves them in sixth place in the Western Jr. ‘B’ hockey standings, three points back of the fifth ranked LaSalle Vipers.

The Legionnaires return to action Wednesday when they travel to London to face the Nationals. They return home the next night when they host those same Nationals at Sarnia Arena. Game time is set for 7:10 p.m.

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