LaSalle Vipers Jr. B Hockey
Vipers hold off Legionnaires in high-scoring affair
The LaSalle Vipers pulled within a point of the Sarnia Legionnaires for third place in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League's Western Conference with a 7-6 win Thursday night.
LaSalle came out firing, opening up a 3-0 first period lead with goals by Brett Primeau, Nikko Sablone and Nathan Savage.
However, Sarnia responded with five in a row to take a lead into the third period.
Vipers leading scorer Korey Morgan struck on the power play to bring LaSalle to within a goal and Manny Silverio scored to even the game at five goals apiece.
Brendan Harrogate put LaSalle back in front, this time for good, and Nathan Savage's second of the game stood up as the winner.
Davis Boyer scored on a penalty shot with 10 seconds remaining, but LaSalle hung on for the win.
Eli Billing stopped 30 shots for the win, while Cornel Felder made 30 saves in a losing effort.
Eric Kirby had three assists for LaSalle, while Chris Pignanelli and Daniel Beaudoin each picked up a pair of helpers.
The victory gives the Vipers (26-17-0) 52 points, one fewer than the Legionnaires 53. However, Sarnia has played two fewer games.
LaSalle's next contest is Wednesday night at home against the second place Chatham Maroons (27-11-2).
The game, sponsored by Parker Sport and Gear Cleaning, is Minor Hockey Night - which means all hockey players who wear their jersey get in free! Game time is 7 pm.
Vipers Game Preview - Jan. 29 at Sarnia Legionnaires
The LaSalle Vipers (25-17-0) head to Sarnia to take on the Legionnaires (26-13-1) at Sarnia Arena. Game time is 7:10 pm.
With a win, the Vipers - winners of three in a row and 12 of their last 14 - could pull to within one point of the Legionnaires for third place in the conference. Sarnia, however, has two games in hand.
LaSalle will be without the services of rookie defenceman Nick Gauvin, who will be making his OHL debut tonight with the Windsor Spitfires when they take on the London Knights at the WFCU Centre.
"It's a credit to Nick," Vipers head coach Bill Bowler says. "He'll get a taste of the Ontario league and I couldn't be more proud of him."
The Legionnaires are led by Davis Boyer, whose 65 points are second in the conference. Cody Trowell (55), Riley Babkirk (52) and Ryan Vendramin (38) are also well over a point per game.
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Vipers overcome slow start to beat Predators
The LaSalle Vipers rallied from a 2-1 first period deficit to beat the Lambton Shores Predators 6-3 in front of 895 at the Vollmer Centre Wednesday night.
Andrew Kim's power play marker opened the scoring in the Predators favour, but Vipers leading scorer Korey Morgan evened things up with a short-handed marker.
Ryan Fraser put the Preds back in front with a goal in the last minute of the opening period, but the Vipers responded with the game's next three goals to take control.
Manny Silverio, Brendan Harrogate and Mark Manchurek all beat Anthony Hurtubise before Vaughn Treppa scored to bring Lambton Shores within one.
Morgan's second of the game and Daniel Beaudoin's empty netter sealed it.
"They play us hard," Vipers head coach Bill Bowler says. "They're a real quick team, they put a lot of shots on net. It was a good hockey game I think for the fans."
Eli Billing made 28 stops to pick up the win, while Hurtubise stopped 45 in a losing cause.
Nicolas Crescenzi recorded a pair of assists in the victory.
Following the game, Vipers defenceman Nick Gauvin was called up by the Ontario Hockey League's Windsor Spitfires. He is expected to make his OHL debut Thursday night against the London Knights.
Vipers Game Preview - Jan. 28 vs. Lambton Shores Predators
The LaSalle Vipers host the Lambton Shores Predators Wednesday night in Hometown Hockey action at the Vollmer Centre. Game time is 7 pm. Tune in to the Noon Report on AM800 with Arms Bumanlag and you could win four tickets to tonight's game.
Tonight's game sponsors are PrimeLink Travel Insurance. Visit the PrimeLink table in the main lobby this evening, fill out a ballot and you could win a travel bag and accessories. Fans can also pick up their next set of Vipers hockey cards from the PrimeLink table, including forwards Brett Primeau, Mark Manchurek, Graham Pickard and Dalton Langlois and defenceman Dylan Naumovski.
We'll also be raffling off tickets to watch a Windsor Spitfires game from a luxury suite, courtesy of Richard Benneian of Deerbrook Realty.
We'll be welcoming in the students of Giles Campus French Immersion Public School this evening, as part of a student-led fundraiser for The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County which began last week with a floor hockey game between the Vipers and the Giles AllStars. The students will participate in a pre-game ceremony and the school band will play during the first intermission.
The Predators (13-24-3) have won two in a row, beating the St. Thomas Stars and St. Marys Lincolns, but has lost four straight prior to their recent upturn.
The Vipers have already clinched the season series, winning four of the five meetings this season, including 12-4 in their last contest Dec. 13 in Lambton Shores.
Goaltender John Jeffries has been called up from the Lakeshore Canadiens and will back up Eli Billing tonight. Jeffries, a 17-year-old rookie, was named to the Jr. C Top Prospects game held at Lakeshore's new Atlas Tube Centre in November.
The Vipers plan to call up Colin Tetreault, also of the Lakeshore Canadiens, who sports a 7-0-0-2 record in his first year of Jr. C play, for tomorrow's game against the Sarnia Legionnaires.
Paolo Battisti is day-to-day.