The LaSalle Vipers scored a late first period goal, followed by an early second period goal, and never looked back on route to a 5-2 victory over the Strathroy Rockets on Wednesday night in LaSalle.
Rookie forward Jack Greenwell helped the Vipers overcome a bit of a sluggish first period when he made a nifty solo rush to score on a power-play with just 30 seconds left in the period. Following the first intermission, Spencer Lecot scored for the second time in as many games when he banked one in off of Strathroy netminder Tyler Bouck to give the home side a 2-0 lead early in the second. The Rockets were able to cut the lead back to one shortly after, but two more second period goals by Noah Morneau and Wylie Birkett upped LaSalle’s lead to three through 40 minutes.
A chippy third period saw the two teams exchange goals, resulting in a 5-2 Vipers win.
Nic Pavia and Stephane Crevier led the way offensively with three points each, while linemate Noah Morneau tallied a goal and an assist. Goaltender Matthew Sbrocca made some key stops in the first and second periods when the game really could have swung had he not been there to bail his team out. He stopped 32 of 34 shots overall to earn his fourth victory of the season.
The Vipers next action comes Thursday night when they head to Sarnia to take on the Legionnaires, with the puck dropping at 7:10 PM.