The LaSalle Vipers fell 6-5 to the Strathroy Rockets Saturday night at West Middlesex Memorial Arena.

The Rockets scored the game-winner on a disputed play with 24 seconds remaining. Brett Dalton beat LaSalle goaltender Eli Billing with a power play marker, but the Vipers felt the play should have been blown dead due to a Strathroy hand pass moments earlier.

“We were short-benched and our guys competed very hard,” Vipers head coach Bill Bowler said.

LaSalle started the game two players below the maximum, and were without regulars such as Nicolas Crescenzi, Connor Rosaasen, Nikko Sablone and Dalton Langlois, and lost forward Daniel Beaudoin and leading scorer Brett Primeau during the contest.

The Vipers mounted a third period rally to tie the game at five goals apiece, with Brendan Harrogate, Graham Pickard and Eric Kirby scored in a span of 2:57.

Pickard also scored in the first period, and finished the game with four points. The 20-year-old forward has 23 points in 22 games since joining the team in mid-September.

Harrogate and Kirby also had multi-point games, while defenceman Nate Veres added a goal for the Vipers.

Billing made 35 saves in the loss, while Strathroy’s Matt Ouellet stopped 35 to pick up the win.

The Vipers next game is Wednesday night when the Lambton Shores Predators travel to the Vollmer Centre. Game time is 7 pm.

LaSalle has won their last 13 games against the Predators, including a 9-5 victory Nov. 23 in Lambton Shores.

David Honsberger


  1. Braodway Joe

    December 10, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Can’t see for sure if the puck is hit with a glove in this video. Let’s assume it is.

    After the puck is hit with the glove the Rocket teammate gains possession and control of the puck inside his defending zone. This makes the pass legal and play should continue. In fact at the 0:33 mark you can see the referee make this gesture, pointing at the ice and the blue line.

  2. Welland fan

    November 30, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    A lot of disputed calls in Rocket games this season.

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