ST. MARYS –The son of a former NHL player helped the Sarnia Legionnaires defeat the St. Marys Lincolns 5-2 Friday.
Nash Nienhuis – the 16-year-old son of ex-Boston Bruin forward Kraig Nienhuis – had an assist in his first junior hockey game as the Legion crew won its 22nd game of the season.
Kraig Nienhuis played two years of Jr. ‘B’ hockey in Sarnia in the early 1980s before going on to score 20 NHL goals in three seasons with the Bruins.
The younger Nienhuis is a former player of the year for his Lambton ‘AAA’ midget team.
Nash, who stands 5’9 and weighs 160 pounds, is also a draft pick of the OHL Sarnia Sting.
Nienhuis got his assist when he let go a shot from the point. The rebound came to Ryan Trottier, who buried it to give the visitors a 2-1 lead.
Trottier scored the winning tally a few minutes after Nienhuis had set him up for his first of the game.
Ryan Vendramin also had two goals for Sarnia and captain Hunter Tyczynski had one.
Defenceman Sam McCormack collected three assists. Alec DeKoning, Jordan Fogarty and Tyczynski also had helpers.
Goalie Aidan Hughes made 22 saves for his 10th win of the campaign. The Legionnaires had 27 shots on the Lincs cage.
Sarnia assistant coach Bob Farlow said, “It was a good game, the boys played a solid game. They worked hard from start to finish.”