London Nationals thump Sarnia Legionnaires 10-4

SARNIA – Nolan DeGurse scored twice in a losing cause Thursday as the London Nationals thumped the Sarnia Legionnaires 10-4 at Sarnia Arena.

DeGurse, who earned third star status, just missed a hat-trick when he was robbed from point blank range by the darting glove hand of goalie Devyn Clark. Clark snared the puck out of the air as he lay on his belly.

DeGurse now has three goals and four assists in seven games played this season.

His first tally came in the opening frame when he scored with a sharp-angle shot that caught the top corner on the goaltender’s stick side. The play was set up by rearguard Brad Slegers.

DeGurse struck again in the middle stanza, firing home a shorthanded marker after being set up by defenceman Ryan Barwitzki.

Other Sarnia goals came off the sticks of Brenden Bouvier and Jake Vince.

Bouvier’s goal — his second of the year — came after he roared to the front of the net and tipped a cross-ice pass from Logan Gardner into the top of the cage. Josh Barraclough also had a helper on the play.

Vince rounded out the home team’s scoring when he dented the twine with a bullet drive from the top of the faceoff circle. Gardner set up the goal, which was scored on the power play.

Despite those goals, Sarnia was never in the game, trailing 2-0 before the contest was two minutes old.

The Legionnaires never recovered and ended up being outshot 47-33.

Afterward, dejected Sarnia coach Derek Di Muzio said: “We’ve got to be better in our own end. There were a number of mistakes. Guys need to pay attention to details. But we’ll correct it and get back to the drawing board.”

London, which is in first place in the Western Ontario Hockey Conference standings, now has a record of 12-1-0-1.

The Nats got three goals from Max Vinogradov and two goals and three assists from Michael Boushy.
Attendance at the Brock Street barn was 952.

The Legionnaires, who are tied for eighth place with the St. Thomas Stars, return to action Saturday when they travel to Strathroy to face the Rockets. Their next home game is next Thursday when they will host the LaSalle Vipers.

Sarnia’s record stands at 3-7-0-2.