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LaSalle blows out Sarnia
The LaSalle Vipers scored the game's first seven goals en route to a big win over the visiting Sarnia Legionnaires, taking an 8-2 decision Wednesday night in front of 787 at the Vollmer Centre.
Brett Primeau opened the scoring just 3:35 into the contest with his first of two goals on the night. Dalton Langlois put LaSalle up by two before the midway point of the first period.
The Vipers exploded for five goals in the middle frame, including two by rookie forward Brendan Harrogate with singles from Primeau, Graham Pickard and Korey Morgan.
"Any time you put that kind of effort together, at home for your fans, you have to be pleased," Vipers head coach Bill Bowler says.
After Riley Roberts snapped Paolo Battisti's shut out bid late in the third period, Morgan scored his second goal of the game. Sarnia's Brad Campbell closed out the scoring with less than 10 seconds to play.
Morgan and Primeau each had four point nights while Daniel Beaudoin had three helpers. Battisti stopped 26 shots in the win, while Hunter Johnson made 23 saves in 40 minutes of work to take the loss. Cornel Felder saved 13 of 14 in third period mop up duty.
"That was a very good hockey game by our guys," Bowler says. "Sarnia was banged up, but it happens to everybody so we're not going to feel sorry for them."
The Vipers played two men below the maximum, with captain Brett Langlois and forwards Kyler Carter and Tyler Russell out injured.
LaSalle improved to 12-10-0 and pulled into fourth place with the win, while the second place Legionnaires fell to 16-6-0.
The Vipers next game is Sunday night in Lambton Shores, where they'll take on the Predators.
Prior to the game, the Vipers held a moment of silence in memory of Maiysn Spencer, the 8-year-old LaSalle native who lost his battle with cancer earlier this week. With dozens of Spencer family members in attendance, Maiysn's brother, Mackennze, and sister, Maddisyn delivered the official game puck to the ice prior to the start of the game. The Vipers wore lime green stick tape and skate laces in Maiysn's honour.