By Rob Benneian
(LaSALLE, ON) – Two first-year members of the LaSalle Vipers were named Players of the Month for October in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Western Conference.
Defenseman Brett Langlois, 19, and goaltender Cameron Zanussi, 17, were each named the top performer at their position for their strong play in October.
“Cameron has a strong hockey club in front of him, but what he has been able to do is keep us in every game,” says Bill Bowler, LaSalle Vipers Head Coach. “And Brett’s such a force out there. We can use him in every situation.”
Langlois, a hard-nose defender with a strong two-way game, came to the Vipers in an early September deal with the Leamington Flyers. He has played 122 games in his GOJHL career which began in 2010-11 with the Chatham Maroons.
“It’s just being consistent night in, night out,” Langlois says. “I don’t make excuses for myself and it’s big when you have a great team. I take it more as the defensive core as a unit (being honoured) than myself.”
Langlois, who grew up in Tecumseh, helped the Vipers to a 9-1 record in October with his strong play in all three zones. With three goals and 17 points on the season, including seven assists in October, Langlois is the Vipers top-scoring defenseman.
The 6’2”, 220-pound defender has been an anchor on the Vipers top pairing with veteran Zack Percy and is a regular contributor on the penalty kill and power play units.
Zanussi, whose OHL rights are owned by the Mississauga Steelheads, becomes the first Vipers goaltender to earn Player of the Month honours since Taylor Speed, who was recognized for his efforts in January 2013.
In his first full month as a starter in junior hockey, Zanussi compiled a 4-1 record in October including a shutout of the Port Colborne Pirates Oct. 12 in the GOJHL Showcase in St. Catharines. He took over for Speed, who joined the University of Windsor Lancers in September.
“It’s a huge change coming out of midget,” the rookie goaltender said. “I didn’t expect to be the starter, but once Speed left I had to step up.”
Zanussi’s record this season sits at a stellar 10-1, with a 2.15 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.
The LaSalle Vipers will host the Lambton Shores Predators tonight in our AM800 Remembrance Day game. Langlois and Zanussi will be presented with their awards at a future home date.