Vipers’ Battisti Gets Emergency Call – by C. Scott Holland

On Sunday afternoon – December 13th – LaSalle Vipers’ goaltender Paolo Battisti received a most unusual call. The Kitchener Rangers, who were playing in Windsor against the Spitfires, found themselves with only one healthy goaltender and no back-up available. Hence a call to Battisti who served as an emergency back-up netminder for the Rangers.

Battitisti, a LaSalle native, suited up and backed up Luke Richardson, the main goaltender for the Jr. B Kitchener Dutchmen and who was the Rangers starter in the contest. Richardson made 26 saves but lost the game 4-3 in OT.

Following the stint in his first career OHL game, Battisti was returned to the Vipers and will be available for the Vipers next home game on Wednesday when they host the Chatham Maroons at 7 pm.

That contest also marks the Vipers annual Teddy Bear Toss and fans are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy/bear in support of Sparky’s Toy Drive.

(photo credit – Colleen Wiendels Photography – Strathroy Rockets facebook)

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