When you talk about good tight hockey, it could not be better described then the game Thursday night between the visiting LaSalle Vipers and the Sarnia Legionnaires. The Brock St. Barn welcomed over 1,100 fans to see two teams grind it out until they had to go to overtime to decide the contest. It was a hard-hitting affair as the two teams would total over 46 minutes combined in penalties.
Cameron Hough would open up the scoring for Sarnia at 3:14 of the first period. That one goal lead would stand until 11:39 of the third period when Manny Silverio of the Vipers would strike on the powerplay, that would be followed by a goal from Tyler Russell to take the lead. But Sarnia would come roaring back as Josh Barraclough would knot things up at 16: 23.
Now things got tense as Legionnaires goalkeeper Will Barber and LaSalle net minder Dershahn Stewart got set for overtime. Barber would face 37 shots throughout the night and stop 34 of them but the one that did get by him was from Manny Silverio, his second of the night and the game winner.
Silverio was the only player on either team to capitalize on the powerplay all night as both teams had 8 opportunities apiece. Both goalies showed exceptional poise and stood tall in their nets, and the Legionnaires can hold their heads high facing the #2 team in the Western Conference.
The Legionnaires now get set to travel up the 402 to Komoka to face the Kings on Saturday night.