Chatham Maroons goaltender Ryan Wagner. (Photo courtesy of Helen Heath)

Maroons Beat LaSalle 2-1 in Game 3

The Chatham Maroons’ defence carried them through a victory Saturday night.

Ryan Wagner stopped all but one of the 27 shots he faced in goal for the Maroons in their 2-1 win over the LaSalle Vipers at the Vollmer Complex.

The Vipers still lead the best-of-seven playoff series 2-1.

Wagner says the win, on the road, was needed to put the Maroons back on track.

“It puts us exactly where we should be,” says Wagner. “So we’re right back to where the series should be, nothing to worry about right now. We have a big home game (Sunday) that I’m feeling really confident about.”

Dakota Bohn scored first for the Maroons, on the power play at 6:54 of the first period.

Josh Supryka doubled the Chatham lead with the only goal of the second frame. The Maroons outshot the Vipers 20-16 through two periods of play.

LaSalle scored its only goal of the game in the third period off the stick of Eric Kirby, with 1:18 left in regulation. Goaltender Dershahn Stewart was pulled from the Vipers’ net but there was no further scoring.

Wagner says he’s pleasantly surprised by the defensive tone shown by both teams.

“Both defences have been playing amazing, and there haven’t been a lot of opportunities,” says Wagner. “I think it’s just good team play by both teams. When it comes to playoff hockey, that’s what it becomes. I think that’s the big difference from the regular season till now where everything’s super tight because of that.”

Game 4 of the first-round playoff series is Sunday night at Memorial Arena. Puck drop is 7pm. This and all Maroons playoff games can be heard on CFCO Country 92.9FM/AM 630.