The Vikings forwards, Brandon Legare (11) and Frederick Gagnier battle for their place in front of the Kings’ goalie, Kevin Proulx. Gagnier scored the Vikings fifth goal of the game as the Vikings took down the Kings 5-1. Moore photo
CASSELMAN—The Casselman Vikings played just a single game this past week as they welcomed the Whitewater Kings on Thursday morning for their inaugural School Day. There were approximately 420 students filling the building and it was loud and boisterous.
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The Casselman Vikings welcomed the Whitewater Kings to the J. R. Brisson Complex on Thurs., Nov. 22, in their first ever School Day in the CCHL2. The stands were packed with students and they were cheering for the home team.
The Vikings wound up sitting 12 points behind the first place Ottawa Jr. Canadians after the Canadians won their previous matchup. The Vikings opened the scoring just 2:53 into the first period as Gabriel Rousselle scored his fifth goal of the season from Mathieu Talbot and Kyle Green on the power play taking a 1-0 lead.
The Vikings dominated the period outshooting the Kings 18-5 but had to settle for a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission. The Vikings took a two-goal lead when Joshua Paledeau scored his sixth of the season from Jason Cossette and Talbot just 1:52 into the second period.
Paledeau scored his second of the game and sixth of the season at 7:04 from Talbot and Samuel Labre on the power play to give the Vikings a 3-0 lead. The Vikings edged the Kings on the shot clock 8-6 in the middle frame and took a 3-0 lead into the second intermission.
The Vikings made it 4-0 when Cossette scored his seventh of the season from Paledeau and Pierce Britton at 2:52 of the third period. The Vikings took a five-goal lead when Frederick Gagnier notched his 10th of the season from Britton and Joel Hunt at 9:16.
The Kings got on the scoreboard at 9:49 but it was too little, too late as the Vikings hung on to take the game 5-1 picking up their 16th win of the season. The Vikings outshot the Kings 41-16. Picking up the win in the Vikings’ goal was Mathieu Chenier making 15 saves.
The Casselman Vikings travel to the Brockville Memorial Centre to take on the Tikis on Wed., Nov. 28, at 7:45 p.m. The Vikings then welcome the Embrun Panthers to the J. R. Brisson Complex on Thurs., Nov. 29, at 8 p.m. The Vikings then travel to Richmond on Sun., Dec. 2, to take on the Royals at 1:30 p.m.