Sarnia Legionnaires fail to keep lead against London Nationals, settling for tie

Coach says team will need to do better job of protecting its lead

Sarnia-Legionnaires-Logo5The Sarnia Legionnaires remain undefeated by the London Nationals this season after battling the Forest City team to a draw Wednesday.

Coach Mark Davis’s Western Jr. ‘B’ hockey club tied the Nats 5-5. In four games against the second place Nationals, Sarnia has a record of 3-0-1.

The two clubs go back at it tonight (Thursday, Jan. 14) at Sarnia Arena.

Davis was upset that his young club blew a three-goal lead in the third period, saying it will have to find a way to protect such advantages in the future.

However, he was not all doom and gloom, singling out Jacob Stos, Jarret Marks and Ethan DuPont for praise. He added, “Hunt’s line (Captain Hunter Tyczynski’s line) played well. I thought we played two good periods, after that we played like crap.”

By getting a point, the Legion crew ended a two-game losing streak. The team, which has a record of 16-13-2-3, finds itself four points behind the fifth ranked LaSalle Vipers. Sarnia has a game in hand on LaSalle.

London came flying out of the gate, scoring the first two goals – both by veteran John Warren – to grab an early 2-0 lead.

But the Legionnaires stormed back with five consecutive tallies to secure a 5-2 advantage at the end of 40 minutes of play.

Ryan Vendramin led the comeback, scoring his team-leading 17th goal of the season and earning an assist on Jordan Fogarty’s 10th tally of the campaign.

Other Sarnia marksmen included Brendan Shagena (with his second in two games), Jarret Marks with his seventh and Jacob Stos with his fifth.

London rallied in the third stanza with three unanswered goals, including another by Warren and singles by Matt Sehovic and Matt Bean. Sehovic’s goal tied the contest with just 60 seconds left in regulation time.

A pair of overtime periods solved nothing.

Goalie Aidan Hughes made 40 saves in the Sarnia net while his brother, netminder Connor Hughes, made 43 stops in the Nationals cage.

The Legionnaires were 2-for-6 with the man advantage while London was 1-for-5.

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