Kings extend Legionnaires’ losing streak to four

The Sarnia Legionnaires hosting the Komoka Kings. 2 December 2021. Shawna Lavoie Photography.

The Sarnia Legionnaires fell to the visiting Komoka Kings 5-2 Thursday night, the club’s fourth straight loss.

The Kings opened the scoring on the power play in the first period with under five minutes on the clock.  Komoka would add four more goals in the second period to lead 5-0 after 40 minutes of play.

The Legionnaires responded midway through the third period, scoring two goal goals in a span of 1:28 — Brayden Degelas and Jett Morningstar each found the back of the net.  However, that’s as close as the game would get.

“I was really proud of the guys in the third period,” said Legionnaires head coach Derek DiMuzio.  “We challenged the group to bring an effort, and they did.  Credit to every man in that room — they responded in the third period.”

DiMuzio said not playing a full 60 minutes of hockey is what cost his team the game.

“With a young team, they have to learn to be competitive right from the get-go and you have to want loose pucks, and we did that in the third.”

Legionnaires goaltender Ethan Everaert stopped 30 of the 35 shots he faced.  The Port Franks native has a goals against average of 4.81 and a save percentage of .846 in six games this season.

The loss drops Sarnia to 5-16-0-1 on the season, ninth in the Western Conference.  Sarnia is back in action December 9, when the club hosts Strathroy.

“We’ve been working on the same things — with a young group, you have to just keep working on the details — so on Saturday’s practice, maybe we’ll lighten things up a little bit.”

-With files from Josh Boyce