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Vipers fall in London

The LaSalle Vipers comeback attempt fell short, dropping a 4-3 decision to the London Nationals Saturday afternoon in their final game before the Christmas break.

Vipers forward Tyler Russell scored the game's first goal, but four straight by the Nationals gave them a lead they would not relinquish.

Russell scored his second of the game in the third period and Brett Primeau, back from a two-game appearance with the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs, scored late in the third but it was too little too late for LaSalle.

Eli Billing stopped 32 in a losing effort while Connor Hughes made 28 stops for London.

Derek Todosichuk scored twice for the home side.

The Vipers are off until traveling to St. Thomas Jan. 2 to face the Stars.

Vipers Game Preview - Dec. 20 at London Nationals

The LaSalle Vipers, looking to head into the Christmas break on a high note, complete a two-in-two road trip this afternoon with a matinee game against the London Nationals.

The Vipers (17-15-0) have won four in a row, including sweeping a home-and-home series with the Lincolns Wednesday in LaSalle and Friday in  St. Marys. The Nationals, meanwhile, have lost three in a row.

London has been lead offensively by a pair of 1997-born forwards, Drew Worrad and John Warren, each of whom were recently selected to the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League Top Prospects game.

Korey Morgan, who has eight goals and two assists in seven games this month, is the Vipers top offensive producer with 35 points in 32 games this season. Morgan, along with captain Brett Langlois, was named to recently the GOJHL All-Star game. 

Manny Silverio, with three goals and four assists in December, has come alive offensively and was one of four Vipers selected to the Top Prospects game. 

With a win, LaSalle would pull six points clear of the Nationals and would jump a point ahead of the Strathroy Rockets for fourth place. The Rockets host the Chatham Maroons tonight and the St. Marys Lincolns Sunday.

The Vipers are playing their best hockey in three months, as the four game win streak is their longest since opening the season with six consecutive victories.

Follow along on Pointstreak or on Twitter (@lasallevipers) for updates from today's game, and check back after today's game for the game recap.



 
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