Thursday, February 21, 2013

Hounds 2 Legionnaires 6

A full lineup and a six-goal outburst by the Swift Current Home Hardware Legionnaires on home ice tonight was enough to get the team its first win since early January.

Morgan Greve started the parade at 11:37 of the first period with his third goal in two games. That was followed up by Graham Gove with his first of two on the night and Swift Current held the 2-0 lead after 20. Leading scorer Jordan Wittman capitalized on the power play early in the second to make it 3-0 before the Hounds added one of their own from Italian import Hanspeter Sononer. The teams traded one more in the second period as Austin LaRochelle made it 4-1 and Lane Olson struck for the Hounds  to bring the game back within reach. The goal was a biggy for LaRochelle, his first of the year. As he scored, the Legionnaires' bench erupted in cheers. Swift Current added two more in the third as Devin Deck made it 5-2 and then late on the power play, Graham Gove sniped for a second time, sealing the deal at 6-2.

"It was really good to finally hit the back of the net again," said Gove. "It was my first two-goal game this year too, so it was nice. I think we were just making the right play today." Gove mentioned his linemates, Evan Patrick and Dylan Lamontagne: "It's easy to play with Evan Patrick - he's always making offensive plays and Lamo works really hard and creates space."

Luke Grassl stopped 40 shots for the win, the Legionnaires' first since January 13 in North Battleford. Eric Williams took the loss for Notre Dame, turning aside 30 of 36.

The Legionnaires also iced a full roster today for the first time since late October, as Evan Patrick returned to the ice.

Assistant coach Larry Empey had fun with it in the post-game interview. "I'll tell you what, it's different. We had guys getting claustrophobic on the bench," he laughed. "It was a fun game to be a part of. The guys were excited and we were getting some bounces for a change. Seeing LaRochelle score a goal, I mean our bench just erupted. It was pretty exciting. Even to lead 2-0 after one - our trainer was doing a happy dance in the medical room. We got a little flat in the second again just like the other night but the guys responded after that."

Swift Current went 2/7 on the power play and 4/5 killing penalties.

The Legionnaires will host the Yorkton Harvest this Saturday and Sunday for the final two games of the season.

INNOVATIVE FINANCIAL STRATEGIES Player of the Game:  #15 - Graham Gove

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