Le­gion­naires’ un­de­feated streak snapped

The Observer (Sarnia) - - SPORTS - DAN MCCAF­FERY

Look­ing about as lively as a left­over fly in Jan­uary, the Sar­nia Le­gion­naires dropped a 6-3 de­ci­sion Thursday to the Komoka Kings.

With the set­back coach Derek Di Muzio's charges saw their record fall to 16-10-1-4. They re­main in fourth place in the Greater On­tario Ju­nior Hockey League's western con­fer­ence.

The loss, which came to a team well below them in the stand­ings, also ended Sar­nia's five-game un­beaten streak.

"That was one of the few times we've been out­worked this year,” Di Muzio said out­side the Sar­nia dressing room. “The last time we got beat by a lack of effort was back in Oc­to­ber. But it's just a bump in the road and we'll come back Saturday (in Komoka) with a solid effort. I be­lieve in our guys.”

If there was any good news for the Le­gion crew it was the play of new­com­ers Matt Stoia and Max Daerendinger, both of whom had strong games.

"They need to get used to our sys­tems and their team­mates but they will fit in re­ally well," the coach said. "Daerendinger is pretty smooth and he makes a good first pass. Stoia rang a shot off the post tonight. He just needs to get some con­di­tion­ing.” Joe Fer­rera gave the home team an early lead when he caught the corner, low stick side, while stand­ing in the slot. Line­mate Blake But­ler and de­fence­man Ben Schoch as­sisted on what was Fer­rera's 6th of the cam­paign.

Af­ter Komoka went ahead 2-1, Sar­nia tied the con­test when Isaac McLean blinked the red light with a back­han­der from point blank range. Cap­tain Alec DeKon­ing was awarded a helper on what was McLean's 13th tally of the sea­son.

In the mid­dle stanza, trail­ing 3-2, the Le­gion­naires came back yet again. This time Nolan DeGurse did the hon­ours with a quick-think­ing wrap-around play. Lo­gan Gard­ner and Schoch as­sisted on the marker, which was DeGurse's 11th of the year.

The vis­i­tors took over in the fi­nal frame, scor­ing three unan­swered goals, in­clud­ing one into an empty net.

Goalie Jakob Knowles took the loss in Sar­nia's cage, de­spite mak­ing 36 saves. Owen Say turned aside 31 pucks for the win.

Joel Mazz­illi earned first star hon­ours with three goals and an as­sist for the Kings. Other Komoka goals were scored by Kurt Watson, Ryan McAl­lis­tar and Chase Strychaluk.

At­ten­dance at the Brock Street 'barn' was1,192.

Sar­nia's next home game is next Thursday when it faces the St. Thomas Stars.

SHAWNA LAVOIE/SPE­CIAL TO THE OB­SERVER

Sar­nia Le­gion­naires for­ward Joe Fer­rera scores from the slot Thursday to give his team a 1-0 lead over the Komoka Kings in Jr. ‘B’ hockey ac­tion at Sar­nia Arena. The Kings stormed back to win 6-3.

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