The Sarnia Legionnaires fought the good fight against the first place Leamington Flyers Saturday before falling 4-2.
The fourth Flyers goal was into an open net.
Perhaps more galling, as far as Sarnia head coach Mark Davis was concerned, was the fact that the winning tally came on a play he felt was illegal.
“On the winning goal they ran our goalie,” he said. “Three times tonight they ran our goalie.”
He added the younger, smaller Legionnaires played a great game against the Western Jr. ‘B’ loop’s top team.
“We can’t find a break,” he said. “We hit a post, we hit a toe, we hit a skate, we couldn’t get the puck through.”
Overall, Sarnia outshot the visitors 24-23.
The Flyers took a 2-0 lead before the Legion crew got two goals in 37 seconds late in the first period to tie the contest.
Konnor Roskovich got the first, after being set up by Jordan Fogarty. For Roskovich, a defensive-defenceman, it was only his second goal of the season.
Another rearguard, Sam McCormack, figured in the tying marker, letting go a drive that forward Brandon Layman deflected into the cage. For Layman, it was his 22nd of the campaign.
Shayne Battler took the loss in net, while Tyler Wall got the win.