The Sarnia Legionnaires and St. Thomas Stars shake hands at the end of first round GOJHL series - Mar 8, 2018 (Blackburnnews.com Photo By Josh Boyce)

Legionnaires Season Ends With Loss To St. Thomas

The Sarnia Legionnaires’ season came to an end on Thursday with a 5-1 loss at the hands of the visiting St. Thomas Stars in GOJHL hockey action at the Brock St. Barn.

The victory gave St. Thomas a 4-1 series win, which included a pair of triumphs at Sarnia Arena.

The Legionnaires got off to a hot start with a goal from Brock Perry just 29 seconds into the contest. Sam McCormack and Alec DeKoning both assisted on the play. Brett Fisher tied the game just 22 seconds later and Adam Keyes scored to put the Stars up 2-1 after one period.

Curtis Ferreira gave St. Thomas a 3-1 cushion with a powerplay goal midway through the second frame. The Stars got third period goals from Lucas Mastroianni and Keyes (on the empty net) to seal the win.

Sarnia Legionnaires Head Coach Mark Davis says the Stars played well.

“Overall, it was a great season. We tied for third, and ended up in fourth because of the win tie breaker. It was four versus five, not like we were the first seed and the eighth team beat us,” says Davis.

“We were a point ahead of them (in the regular season), and they’re a good hockey club. Keyes was unbelievable, he scored every game. That’s what we needed from our guns and it was like a well that dried up. We’re a good hockey club and we just fell short.”

Legionnaires Captain Sam McCormack and forward Joey Zappa each played their final game with the team. The 20-year-olds will be too old to play next season.

The Stars will face either the London Nationals or the Leamington Flyers in the second round of the playoffs. That will be determined by who wins the Chatham and LaSalle series which is heading to game seven on Sunday.