By Rob Benneian
(LaSALLE, ON) – The LaSalle Vipers scored the game’s final three goals, last night at the Vollmer Centre, to skate away with a 3-2 decision over the Strathroy Rockets. The win leaves the Vipers (22-16-0) all alone in first place. Both teams entered the game with 42 points.
The Rockets scored twice in the first three minutes of the second period, but Korey Morgan’s team-leading 23rd goal of the season drew LaSalle back to within one. The Vipers alternate captain elected to shoot on a short-handed 3-on-1 rush, the shot going in, off the crossbar.
“The guys understand it’s a 60 minute game,” Vipers head coach Bill Bowler said. “It’s not always going to go perfect. You keep to your systems, keep working hard, and good things will happen.”
Manny Silverio’s seeing-eye pass through a maze of sticks found Connor Rosaasen, who beat Rockets goaltender Mat Ouellet to tie the game. Then Dalton Langlois pounced on a loose puck in front of the Strathroy net to put LaSalle ahead.
Eli Billing stopped 31 shots in the the Vipers’ net while Ouellet made 39 saves for Strathroy.
The Vipers, who have won five in a row and nine of their last 10 games, take on the first place Flyers tonight in Leamington. In their last meeting on January 7 at the Vollmer Centre, the Vipers rolled to a 5-3 win.
“They’re excellent at home, they’re great defensively,” Bowler said of the Flyers. “What a challenge for our group. It was a great game against Leamington last time. Any time Leamington and LaSalle get together it’s exciting.”
Game time is 7:10 pm. Follow along on Twitter for in-game updates.