GOJHL Awards – Lasalle Vipers Come out on Top

Lasalle Vipers

Billing named Vipers February Player of the Month.

Plus Vipers win at GOJHL Awards Western Conference banquet.

Goaltender Eli Billing earned a pair of honours, being named the Vipers Joe Schmoes Player of the Month for February as well as the Goaltender of the Month for the GOJHL Awards – Western Conference.

Also being recognized with league awards were Daniel Beaudoin and Matthew Doucette, named Forward and Defenceman of the Month, respectively.

Liam MacDougall earned the Southland Insurance Top Rookie Scorer Award, for finishing with 61 points, tops among first-year player in the Western Conference.

The foursome will be recognized for their achievements Wednesday prior to Game 1 of their GOJHL Playoff series against the Sarnia Legionnaires. Game time is 7 pm.

The Vipers 10-1-0-0 month of February helped them climb into the third seed in the GOJHL Western Conference and earn home ice in the first round of the playoffs, set to begin Wednesday night at the Vollmer Centre.

Billing, an 18-year-old Tecumseh native, posted a perfect 8-0-0-0 record in February, and has won nine straight games overall dating back to January.

Billing defeated the first place Leamington Flyers (3-2 Feb. 17) and second place London Nationals twice (5-3 Feb. 20, 6-2 Feb. 28) during the streak. He has started the Vipers last six games, the longest stretch of consecutive starts in his junior hockey career.

Beaudoin recorded 12 assists and 19 points (both Viper team highs), while Doucette had four assists and played major minutes to help solidify a Vipers defence that was missing both captain Nathan Veres and key contributor Ryan Sarris for the majority of the month.

Feature photo courtesy Lasalle Vipers: L to R, Daniel Beaudoin, Liam MacDougall, Eli Billing and Matthew Doucette.

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