Brendan Harrogate in action for LaSalle Vipers during 2015 playoff game vs. Sarnia Legionnaires (Photo courtesy Kelsey Vermeersch of

Vipers Bite Legionnaires, Win 5-3

The Sarnia Legionnaires (7-6-1-1) failed to score on ten powerplay chances, as they fell 5-3 to the visiting LaSalle Vipers (8-7-0-1) in GOJHL hockey action Thursday night.

The loss snapped the Legionnaires four game winning streak.

Sarnia got off to a fast start, as Alec DeKoning scored his first goal of the season on a breakaway just 3:02 into the game. DeKoning also added an assist in just his second game of the season. He missed the past 13 with a lower body injury.

The teams were tied 1-1 after the first period and 2-2 after two. The Vipers broke the contest open with three third period goals off the sticks of Aaron Shaw, Jack Bowler and Eric Meloche.

Brett Corrigan scored for the Legionnaires with just nine seconds remaining in the game to make the final 5-3. Joey Zappa had Sarnia’s other goal, and picked up an assist.

Legionnaires goalie Will Barber made 36 saves on 41 shots. LaSalle netminder Dershahn Stewart turned aside 37 of 40 Sarnia shots.

The Legionnaires sit tied for fourth with the St. Thomas Stars in the Western Conference standings with 16 points, ten back of the first place Leamington Flyers.

Sarnia was without some firepower, as Jon Sanderson, Jake Vince, Joel Pavey, and Aaron Jamieson all missed the game. Sanderson served the last of his three game suspension after taking a fight aggressor penalty against Chatham. Vince, Pavey, and Jamieson are all dealing with injuries.

The Legionnaires return to action next Thursday against the London Nationals at Sarnia Arena.