(LaSALLE, ON) – The LaSalle Vipers had a strong on-ice presence, Wednesday night, in front of a large hometown crowd, who piled in to catch this year’s Remembrance Day ceremony.
Aidan Ryan started off the scoring just 27 seconds in, followed by Manny Silverio just five minutes later. While the Vipers were on the penalty kill, Chatham’s Joshua Maine answered back to bring the visitors within a goal.
As the clock pushed forward, Stefan Dobrich netted the 3rd Vipers goal of the night with 2:13 to go in the 1st period.
The Vipers picked up 3 more goals in the 2nd period from the stick of Max Sieberer, Zane Dalpe, and Aaron Shaw. Dalpe was called up to the Vipers for the first time in his career and was excited to get his name on the board with what went on to be the game winning goal.
As the players took the ice for 3rd period, Ryan came out hot to net a goal only 39 seconds into the frame. Chatham’s Bryce Yetman pushed back with a tally at the 12:27 mark, to bring the score to 7-4, but Evan Ferguson and Silverio ensured the Vipers lead with a goal apiece before the game ended in a 9-4 final.
The Vipers followed up the win with a 3-0 blanking of the Komoka Kings on Saturday. After two scoreless periods, Silverio (2) and Sieberer scored in the 3rd to break the stalemate. Dershahn Stewart logged his 2nd shutout in 14 starts this season.
LaSalle sits tired for 4th place in the GOJHL Western Conference with 23 points and just 4 behind the 3rd place London Nationals. Tomorrow they welcome the 1st place Leamington Flyers to the Vollmer Centre with the puck dropping at 7pm.
Prior to the opening face-off, the Vipers held their annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the Vollmer Centre. Master of Ceremonies Steve Bell welcomed Vipers fans to the rink before inviting LaSalle mayor Ken Antaya, along with councillors Sue Desjarlais, Crystal Meloche, and Jeff Renaud to the ice.
Antaya addressed the crowed followed by the welcoming of LCol Morris Brause to the ice, who was met with a round of applause. Brause shared some words with the crowd prior to observing a moment of silence in honour of those who lost their lives fighting for our freedom.
Following the ceremony, Brause took some time to speak with Columbian exchange students from Académie Ste-Cécile. He shared with the students why we wear poppies here on Remembrance Day and helped to explain the purpose of our ceremony.