The slumping Sarnia Legionnaires lost their fourth straight game Thursday, falling 6-4 to the Strathroy Rockets.
But there was a positive development for the struggling Jr. ‘B’ hockey club, and that was the return of Jon Sanderson, one of the team’s best forwards over the last two seasons.
Sanderson, a 20-year-old sniper who stands 6’1 and weighs in at 200 pounds, was sidelined late last season with a serious knee injury.
“He’s a real boost to our team,” head coach Derek Di Muzio said. “He’s one of the best power forwards in the league, if not the best. He will add a calming presence. He knows the league and he’s confident with the puck.”
Sanderson had 38 points in 36 games before he got hurt last winter. The year before, he had 43 points in 44 games.
During Thursday’s game he failed to get on the score sheet but did dish out a number of crunching body checks.
Di Muzio is confident Sanderson will get better as time goes on.