Kings edge Legionnaires in double overtime
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.
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.