Kings edge Le­gion­naires in dou­ble over­time

The Observer (Sarnia) - - SPORTS - DAN MCCAFFERY

Head coach Derek Di Muzio took the blame Thurs­day af­ter his Sar­nia Le­gion­naires were edged 5-4 in dou­ble over­time by the Komoka Kings.

The win­ning goal was scored on a pow­er­play af­ter Sar­nia was caught with too many men on the ice.

"That was a tough one,” Di Muzio ad­mit­ted af­ter­ward. “There was a lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion on that last goal and I'll take re­spon­si­bil­ity for that.”

Sar­nia, which has lost two games in a row (both to teams be­low it in the stand­ings) now finds it­self with an 8-6-0-2 record.

Nev­er­the­less, the squad picked up a point by get­ting into ex­tra time, lift­ing it into a tie for fourth place with the St. Thomas Stars.

Di Muzio said the out­come was fur­ther proof that there is great par­ity in the Greater On­tario Ju­nior Hockey League's west­ern con­fer­ence. “Any team can beat any other team on any given night. The par­ity is out­stand­ing.”

De­spite the loss, there were a num­ber of pos­i­tives for the Le­gion­naires, in­clud­ing the per­for­mance of 16-year-old rookie Blake But­ler, who scored twice.

"Blake played re­ally well, he's learn­ing what it takes to play ju­nior hockey,” the bench boss said.

But­ler's sec­ond goal (and third of the sea­son) came when he lifted a back­han­der be­hind goalie Owen Say to give Sar­nia the lead late in the third pe­riod.

But Joel Mazz­illi sent the con­test into over­time less than a minute later.

Other Sar­nia goals were scored by Alec DeKon­ing (his 16th of the year) and Ben Schoch (with his sec­ond).

Wil Redick, an­other 16-yearold, had two as­sists, while 17-year-old for­ward Aaron Jamieson put on an im­pres­sive dis­play of backcheck­ing.

Sar­nia also did some good penalty killing, with Isaac McLean nar­rowly miss­ing two short­handed tal­lies. Jamieson just missed bag­ging a short­hander as well.

Kurt Wat­son was the big gun for Komoka, scor­ing three goals, in­clud­ing the win­ner.

The Kings out­shot the Le­gion­naires 37-34. Say got the win while Jakob Knowles suf­fered the loss.

SHAWNA LAVOIE/SPE­CIAL TO THE OB­SERVER

Sar­nia Le­gion­naires rookie Blake But­ler, No. 17 in red, lets go a shot that slips un­der the leg pad of Komoka Kings goalie Owen Say in Jr. ‘B’ hockey ac­tion Thurs­day at Sar­nia Arena. Blake scored two goals but it wasn’t enough to pre­vent the Kings from win­ning 5-4.

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