Legionnaires sweep Stars
T he Swift Current Home Hardware AAA Midget Legionnaires picked up a badly needed sweep of the Battlefords Stars over the weekend in a pair of close games.
Saturday the Legionnaires and Stars combined for a scoreless opening 40 minutes followed by an eight-goal third period.
The Legionnaires out-shot the Stars 19-7 through 40 minutes before outscoring the Stars 5-3 for the win. Jeff Olson broke a 3-3 tie with 5:04 remaining in regulation and Brett Penner scored into an empty net to seal the win.
Dayton Reinboldt, Austin Connor, and Pavlo Zerebecky all added singles.
Connor, Trent Winzer, Reiley Grose, Matthew Audette, and Alex Laird added helpers in the win.
Chad Tichkowsky replied with a pair of goals for the Stars, while Dylan Fluter added a single. Lukas MacDonald made 17 saves in the win. Regan Santoro took the loss with 27 saves on 31 shots. Sunday the Legionnaires fell behind 2-0 on goals from Justin Lund and Jesse Gerbig 10:24 into the first period.
Reinboldt cut the lead to 2-1 minutes later with a powerplay goal from Penner and Connor.
Tanner Froese scored his seventh goal of the season in the second period to tie the game 2-2 with an assist from Winzer.
25 seconds into the third period Dyson Stevenson scored an unassisted powerplay goal to put the visitors ahead for good as the Legionnaires finished two for eight on the powerplay, while holding the Stars scoreless on six man-advantages.
MacDonald picked up his second win in as many games with 34 saves to improve to 4-6-0 with a 4.44 goals against average and a .891 save percentage. Blair Mahon made 21 saves in the loss The Legionnaires improved to 9-16-1-0 as they continue to chase the eighth and final playoff spot.
The Stars dropped to 5-14-1-1 as they remain 11th in the SMAAAHL.
Wednesday the Legionnaires were in Regina to face the Pat Canadians, check swbooster.com for full results.
Tonight they will host the Saskatoon Contacts at 8 p.m. at the Credit Union iplex before returning to Regina on Sunday to face the Pat Canadians again.