The LaSalle Vipers lost both of their games this past week against the St. Marys Lincolns, but did pick up one point in a shootout loss.
On Wednesday night in LaSalle. the visiting Lincolns tied the game with 27 seconds left and then picked up the extra point by scoring the lone goal in the shootout for a 5-4 victory. In what was an entertaining contest, the Vipers showed nice resiliency in front of their home fans by twice erasing two-goal deficits. They would actually take the lead in the third period on rookie defenseman Carson Woodall’s first career goal, but could not stave off the Lincolns heavy pressure over the final few minutes, giving up the equalizer and then being unable to capitalize on some glorious chances in overtime.
Looking to return the favour on Friday night in St. Marys, penalty trouble cost the Vipers as the Lincolns scored three of their four goals with the man-advantage en route to a 4-2 win. Lee Knight and Wylie Birkett scored the Vipers goals with each having found the back of the net in two straight games. Birkett has scored three times in four games since joining the team.
The Vipers now face their most challenging week of the season to date. They host the Strathroy Rockets on Wednesday night before two difficult road games against the Leamington Flyers on Thursday and London Nationals on Saturday.