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Local roundup: Sting, Legionnaires update schedules

The Sarnia Sting will host the Saginaw Spirit in a rescheduled game Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 7:05 p.m.

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The Sarnia Sting will host the Saginaw Spirit in a rescheduled game Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 7:05 p.m.

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The game was originally scheduled for Jan. 7 at Progressive Auto Sales Arena but was postponed because of the Ontario Hockey League’s COVID-19 protocols.

Nine Sting games have been postponed since mid-December. Five still have to be rescheduled: Dec. 29 versus London, Dec. 31 at London, Jan. 2 versus Windsor, Jan. 17 at Erie and Jan. 25 at Kitchener.

The OHL regular season is scheduled to end Sunday, April 3. If it isn’t extended, then the Sting will play their remaining 37 games in 67 days.

The Sting will visit the Windsor Spitfires on Thursday and the Flint Firebirds on Saturday before hosting the Kitchener Rangers at 2:05 p.m. Sunday.

Fans are not allowed at OHL games under the province’s COVID-19 restrictions, but the capacity limit will rise Jan. 31 to 500 spectators. The Sting will welcome selected season-ticket holders to reach the limit for the Feb. 1 game.

Spectator capacity is scheduled to increase again to 50 per cent on Feb. 21.

Legionnaires ready to resume season

The Sarnia Legionnaires’ schedule will be extended by three weeks in order to play seven makeup games.

The Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League regular season is set to resume Monday, Jan. 31. No games have been played since Jan. 2 because of the province’s shutdown measures.

The Legionnaires will host the Chatham Maroons on Thursday, March 17, the St. Marys Lincolns on Thursday, March 24, and the Leamington Flyers on Saturday, March 26 at Sarnia Arena.

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They’ll also visit the London Nationals on Wednesday, March 16, the Maroons on Saturday, March 19, the Lincolns on Sunday, March 20, and the St. Thomas Stars on Sunday, April 3.

The GOJHL originally planned to end the regular season March 13 and begin the playoffs March 16.

The Legionnaires are scheduled to return to action Thursday, Feb. 3, against the Lincolns at Sarnia Arena at 7:10 p.m.

The Legionnaires (7-19-0-1) are last in the Western Conference with 15 points, five behind the eighth-place Stars for the final playoff spot.

Weir begins season with top-20 finish

Mike Weir of Bright’s Grove began the PGA Tour Champions season by tying for 19th place at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Ka’upulehu-Kona, Hawaii.

Weir fired a 4-under 68 in the final round Sunday to finish the three-day tournament at 7 under par and win $27,750.

The next tour stop is the Chubb Classic on Feb. 18 to 20 in Naples, Fla.

Lions welcome first softball player

The Lambton Lions softball team has its first committed player – pitcher/first baseman Paiton Choy of Oshawa – for its debut season in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association.

“I’m honoured to be part of this program,” Choy said in a statement. “Being able to show younger athletes that teams can start from something small and expand quickly with dedication, time, hard work and perseverance is exciting. I’m also excited to build bonds with my teammates and coaches.”

The Lions will debut this fall with Greg Shortt as head coach.

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Choy attends Oshawa McLaughlin Collegiate and plays softball for Up The Middle (UTM) East.

“I always plan to make an impact when I step on the diamond,” she said. “Fans can expect to see me try to control the game from the mound.

“I’m the type of player that is always looking for a way to make the play, whether that is when I’m pitching and trying to challenge hitters by keeping them guessing on what’s coming next, or on offence at the plate.”

Lambton College is also adding a cross-country program for the 2022 OCAA fall season.

Sting alum Dahm going to Olympics

Ex-Sting goalie Sebastian Dahm, 34, has been named to Denmark’s hockey team for the Beijing Olympics.

Dahm played three OHL seasons, including part of the 2006-07 campaign with the Sting.

This season, he has 20-13-3 record, 2.02 goals-against average and .921 save percentage for Austria’s EC-KAC in the ICE Hockey League.

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