The Casselman Vikings welcomed the Richmond Royals to the J. R. Brisson Complex on Thurs., Sept. 20, for their home opener in the CCHL2. The Vikings veteran forward, Joel Hunt (22) keeps his eyes on the puck after it was fired from the blue line to try to get a redirect on goal. The Royals’ goalie, Liam White tries to look around the Vikings’ forward and defenseman and Cory Kippen prepares to act. Hunt and the Vikings went on to take the game 9-4. Hunt scored two goals and picked up two helpers in the win. Moore photo
WESTPORT—The Vikings played two games this past weekend as they welcomed the Richmond Royals on Thursday night and travelled to Westport on Friday night to take on the Rideaus.
Rideaus 5 Vikings 4
The Vikings pressed to score the equalizer but the Rideaus held on for a 5-4 victory. The loss was the first for the Vikings of the season and sit at a 3-1-0 record. Suffering the loss in the Vikings’ goal was Nick Campbell making 43 saves on 48 shots.
Vikings 9 Royals 1
The Casselman Vikings welcomed the Richmond Royals to the J. R. Brisson Complex on Thurs., Sept. 20, for their home opener in the CCHL2. The Vikings were coming off a sweep at the CCHL2 Showcase in Arnprior the previous weekend with wins over the Perth Blue Wings and the Carleton Place Canadians and looked to stay unbeaten in the early regular season.
The Vikings got off to a good start as Yanick Dicaire opened the scoring just 3:02 into the first period from Kyle Green and Shane Spencer to take a 1-0 lead. The Vikings made it 2-0 when Joel Hunt scored his second goal of the season from Jason Cossette and Shawn Patterson at 7:16 and 3-0 when Patterson lit the lamp from Hunt and Gabriel Rousselle just 30 seconds later.
Less than a minute later the Vikings made it a 4-0 game as Dylan Robinson scored his first CCHL2 goal from Brandon Legare and Green. The Royals called a time out to try to stop the bleeding following the goal but that didn’t slow the Vikings down as Legare fired home his first CCHL2 goal from Robinson and Tyler Ballantyne at 12:42.
The Royals finally got one back just 14 seconds later and scored a second goal with just 57 seconds remaining in the opening frame on the power play. The Vikings took a 5-2 lead into the first intermission.
The Vikings struck again as Hunt scored his second of the game from Patterson and Cossette just 1:39 into the second period to make it 6-2. Cossette gave the Vikings a 7-2 lead at the six-minute mark from Hunt and Patterson.
The Vikings made it 8-2 when Spencer scored his third goal of the season from Dicaire and Brady Cloutier at 7:56. The Royals answered with a goal at 15:57 but trailed 8-3 heading into the second intermission.
The Vikings kept the pressure on scoring just 25 seconds into the third period as Samuel Mattie sniped his fourth goal of the season while shorthanded on a breakaway unassisted. There were 14 minor penalties assessed in the third period as frustration sat in.
The Royals did manage one last goal with only 1:11 showing on the clock but it wasn’t enough as the Vikings took the game 9-4. The Vikings have scored 24 goals in their first four games. With the win, the Vikings moved into a first-place tie with the Ottawa Canadians, with six points each.
Picking up the win in the Vikings’ goal was Nicholas Campbell making 35 saves on 39 shots.
The Casselman Vikings welcome the Ottawa Canadians to the J. R. Brisson Complex on Thurs., Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. and travel to the Joel Steele Community Centre on Fri., Sept. 28, to take on the Winchester Hawks at 8:15 p.m.