LaSalle Vipers Jr. B Hockey
Vipers blow out Predators in hotly contested game
The LaSalle Vipers scored seven straight to rally from an early two-goal deficit, downing the Lambton Shores Predators 7-3 Wednesday night at the Vollmer Centre.
LaSalle (9-5-0) surrendered two goals in a span of 87 seconds midway through the first period, but leading goal scorer Brett Primeau swatted home a loose puck in the slot to bring the homeside back to within a goal.
Manny Silverio scored early in the second, touching off a blitz of Viper goals which saw LaSalle take a 5-2 lead into the dressing room after 40 minutes.
Included in the barrage was Liam MacDougall, called up from the Jr. C Lakeshore Canadiens, scoring his first Jr. B goal, Daniel Beaudoin striking short-handed and Primeau notching his second of the game on a Vipers power play.
Vipers alternate captain Korey Morgan and Silverio each scored power play goals in the first two minutes of the third period to effectively put the game out of reach.
Lambton's Brendan Trottier pushed one across late to cap the scoring.
"We're working hard, we're taking the body and we're doing good on the PK," Morgan says. "Hopefully we can keep the ball rolling and keep on working hard."
The Vipers penalty kill, which entered the game with a league-best success 93% rate, killed off four of five Predators power play chances.
Eli Billing stopped 25 shots in the win, while Anthony Hurtubise took the loss for the Predators. He was yanked after LaSalle's second period onslaught, but returned to close out the game after replacement Andrew Harriman-Duke was ejected for roughing up Vipers forward Brendan Harrogate.
In all, the Predators had seven misconduct penalties, including two for checking from behind less than a minute apart. The Vipers had 24 minutes in penalties.
"That's their game, that's not really our game," Morgan says. "We have to stay disciplined and stay out of the box."
The Vipers next contest is Wednesday, Oct. 29 when they will host the Strathroy Rockets in a Halloween-themed game, sponsored by Zerhr's Markets in LaSalle.
There will be free candy and a costume contest, with prizes for adults and childrens, provided by Zehrs. Game time is 7 pm.