Short-Handed Effort Extends Vipers Streak To Two

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(LaSALLE, ON) – The LaSalle Vipers earned their second straight win and second by a 3-2 score after defeating the Sarnia Legionaires last night at Sarnia Arena, and at home against Leamington on Wednesday. With four games remaining in the regular season, LaSalle can move up from 3rd spot when they meet 2nd place London two more times.

Cale Allen scored the winning goal for the Vipers at the 6:12 mark of the third period against Leamington. The lead had see-sawed between the teams during the tight checking game, including the Flyers taking the lead just 12 seconds before Allen’s goal.

Allen opened the scoring for LaSalle by tying the game at 1-1 in the first period. The teams went to the dressing rooms after the middle frame with LaSalle leading 2-1 after a Tyler Russell in the early going. After Leamington tied the game for the 2nd time, Allen scored his second of the night to put the Vipers in the lead for good.

Eli Billing got the start between the pipes for LaSalle due to Paolo Battisti sitting a suspension, along with Connor Rosaasen and Nathan Savage. Billing stopped 26 shots for the win.

In Sarnia, the Vipers benefitted by a late 3rd period goal by Eric Kirby to break a 2-2 tie.

After the Legionaires took a 1-0 lead into the 1st intermission, Russell’s early 2nd period goal drew the teams even. Brett Primeau then put the Vipers up by one before the period ended.

In a mirror of Wednesday, Sarnia knotted the score at 13:43 of the final period before Kirby’s short-handed heroics, exactly 3 minutes later, staked LaSalle to a one goal lead.

This time Billing turned away 30 shots in the victory.

LaSalle now turns their attention to the London Nationals this Saturday when the teams will meet at 7:30pm in the Western Fair Community Center. The Vipers will be looking to build on their 1-point lead over 4th place Chatham in the GOJHL West.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata
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