Sutherland Cup 2015
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LaSalle survives Elmira comeback, wins 4-3
Story by Narrative Science.
The LaSalle Vipers survived a determined comeback attempt by the Elmira Sugar Kings on the way to a 4-3 win.
LaSalle took a 4-1 lead during the third period, only to have Elmira storm back on a Mitch Klie goal 19:12 into the third period to pull to one goal down.
With the win, the Vipers avoided elimination to make the series score 3-3 in the best of seven series.
LaSalle pulled out the victory even though it was hit with 14 penalty minutes.
The Vipers put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow the Sugar Kings to score on any of their eight power plays. LaSalle forced Elmira goalie Jonathan Reinhart to work between the pipes, taking 44 shots.
The Vipers were helped by Brett Primeau, who registered one goal. Primeau scored 6:08 into the second period to make the score 1-0 LaSalle. Brendan Harrogate picked up the assist. LaSalle also got points from Harrogate, who also racked up one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. LaSalle also had goals scored by Nikko Sablone and Eric Kirby, who each put in one. More assists for LaSalle came via Nathan Veres, who had two and Nicolas Crescenzi, Korey Morgan, Brett Langlois, and Connor Rosaasen, who each chipped in one.
The Sugar Kings kept LaSalle's goalie busy throughout the game, and Paolo Battisti made 52 saves on 55 shots.
Elmira additionally got points from Zac Coulter, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Elmira also got a goal from Sam Harris as well. Other players who recorded assists for Elmira were Ethan Skinner, Mac Clutsam, and Cash Seraphim, who contributed one each.
The Vipers registered one goal on five power play opportunities. Elmira's Reinhart stopped 40 shots out of the 44 that he faced. The Sugar Kings incurred 22 minutes in penalty time with six minors.