The Vikings’ veteran forward, Joel Hunt (22) scores on this play, to open the scoring on the Royals’ goalie, Nicholas Redmond. The Royals defenseman, Vinny Quattrochi tried to strip Hunt of the puck. The Vikings went on to take the game 4-3. Moore photo
WILLIAMSTOWN—The Casselman Vikings played two games this past weekend as they welcomed the Richmond Royals on Thursday night and travelled to Williamstown on Saturday night to take on the Char-Lan Rebels.
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The Casselman Vikings travelled to the Char-Lan Recreation Centre in Williamstown on Sat., Nov. 3, to take on the Rebels in the CCHL2. The Vikings were coming off a 4-3 victory the previous night against the Richmond Royals and sat in second place, six points behind the Ottawa Jr. Canadians in the Martin Division.
The Vikings opened the scoring at 4:56 of the first period as Mathieu Talbot scored his fifth goal of the season from Joshua Paledeau and Samuel Labre taking a 1-0 lead. The Vikings made it 2-0 when Talbot scored his second of the game and sixth of the season at the 11-minute mark from Jason Cossette and Brady Cloutier.
The Vikings took the 2-0 lead into the first intermission. The Vikings took a three-goal lead when Joel Hunt scored his 15th of the season from Louis Chabot and Shawn Patterson at 10:27 of the second period.
Talbot completed his hat trick at 12:31 from Paledeau and Pierce Britton to give the Vikings a 4-0 lead. The Rebels finally got on the score sheet with just 47 seconds remaining in the middle frame but trailed 4-1 heading into the second intermission.
The Rebels got to within two just 29 seconds into the third period on the power play. The Rebels made it a 4-3 game at 4:09 to set up an exciting finish. The Rebels never got the chance to pull their goalie in the last two minutes as the Vikings controlled the puck and kept play to the outside. The Vikings hung on for the 4-3 victory. The Vikings outshot the Rebels 36-24.
Picking up the win in the Vikings’ goal was Nick Campbell making 21 saves on 24 shots.
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The Casselman Vikings welcomed the Richmond Royals to the J. R. Brisson Complex on Thurs., Nov. 1, in the CCHL2. The Vikings went into the game in second place in the Martin Division, eight points behind the Ottawa Jr. Canadians for first place.
The Vikings opened the scoring at 14:32 as Joel Hunt scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season from Louis Chabot and Michael Bissonnette to take a 1-0 lead. The Vikings made it 2-0 when Joshua Paledeau scored his second goal of the season from Jason Cossette and Mathieu Talbot with just 56 seconds remaining in the opening frame.
The Vikings took the 2-0 lead into the first intermission. The Vikings seemed to fall apart in the second period as the Royals rhymed off three consecutive goals at 11:35 on the power play, 15:38 and with 1:56 reaming and took a 3-2 lead into the second intermission.
The Vikings knotted the affair at 4:45 as Chabot scored his fifth goal of the season from Joel Hunt. Hunt gave the Vikings a 4-3 lead scoring his 14th of the season and second of the game at 6:44 from Frederick Gagnier.
With 1:15 remaining in regulation, the Royals pulled their goalie in favour of an extra attacker but the Vikings were able to hold the Royals at bay taking the game 4-3 picking up their 12th victory of the season.
With the win, the Vikings moved to within six points of the Canadians. The Vikings outshot the Royals 42-27. Picking up the win in the Vikings’ goal was Mathieu Chenier making 24 saves on 27 shots.
The Casselman Vikings welcome the first place Ottawa Jr. Canadians to the J. R. Brisson Complex on Thurs., Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. and travel to the Billy Gebbie Arena in Alexandria on Fri., Nov. 9, to take on the Glens at 8 p.m.