Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Vipers Blow Lead in 4th, Lose 5-3

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Vipers Blow Lead in 4th, Lose 5-3

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The Vipers held what coach Perry Turnbull called "the worst lead in hockey" when they led 3-1 midway through the fourth quarter against the New Jersey Rockin Rollers Thursday night at Kiel Center.

Starting goalie Allain Roy had to leave the Roller Hockey International game 4 minutes, 15 seconds into the quarter. Chris Rogles came in and gave up four goals as the Vipers lost 5-3 in front of 3,459 fans.

Turnbull didn't blame Rogles. He said his club didn't show up ready to play.

"We tried to sit on a lead and we didn't have the effort tonight like we did every game last season," Turnbull said. "Some guys had better realize this is a job, not a summer vacation."

Roy left because he could not stand up after sweating in his skates. Andy Rymsha gave the Rockin Rollers a 4-3 lead at 11:11 and he scored an insurance goal into an empty net at 11:31. …

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