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LaSalle beats Sarnia 4-2 after comeback scare
Story by Narrative Science.
The Sarnia Legionnaires tried their best to erase a three-goal deficit, but the LaSalle Vipers would not be denied the victory and hung on to win, 4-2.
The win by the Vipers clinched the best of seven series at 4-2.
LaSalle forced the Legionnaires goalie Andrew Masters to work between the pipes, taking 50 shots.
The Vipers were helped by Daniel Beaudoin, who had one goal. Beaudoin scored on the power play 18:50 into the second period to make the score 2-0 LaSalle. LaSalle had gotten the advantage when Sarnia's Mitch Read was sent off for roughing. Nathan Veres picked up the assist. LaSalle also got points from Chris Pignanelli, who also registered one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Liam McDougall also scored for LaSalle. In addition, LaSalle received assists from Nicolas Crescenzi, Mark Manchurek, and Graham Pickard, who contributed one each.
The Legionnaires' offense rang up 33 shots on the Vipers' net.
Sarnia was helped by Tyler Prong, who racked up one goal. Prong scored on the power play 7:29 into the third period to make the score 3-1 LaSalle. The Legionnaires had gained a power play chance when Brendan Harrogate was whistled for holding. Read provided the assist. More assists for Sarnia came via Davis Boyer, Hunter Tyczynski, and PJ Vandervaart, who each chipped in one.
LaSalle's Paolo Battisti stopped 31 shots out of the 33 that he faced. The Vipers incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with eight minors. Masters rejected 46 shots on goal for Sarnia. The Legionnaires incurred 26 minutes in penalty time with eight minors. Sarnia ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Riley Babkirk was ejected from the game.