The Casselman Vikings hold a 1-0 lead in the Barkley Cup Championship Series after a 3-2 win at home in Game 1. Game 2 is scheduled for tonight in Carleton Place.
The Canadians led 1-0 after the first period on a goal from James Lister.
The Vikings powerplay went 2 for 6, scoring twice in the second period. Sebastian Plante and Carter Malette had Casselman up 2-1 at the 2nd intermission.
Joel Hunt extended the lead to 3-1 with 16:38 left in the 3rd period. Ryland Mosley scored his 14th of the playoffs with 9:10 remaining, but the Vikings held on for their 4th straight win to take a 1-0 series lead.
The Canadians were out shot for just the 2nd time in the playoffs, 32-18. The Canadians are the top offensive team in the playoffs with 4.07 goals per game, while the Vikings have the top defense allowing just 2.5.
Nicholas Campbell made 14 saves to improve to 8-3 in the playoffs. Jacob Lavergne made 29 saves for Carleton Place.
Carleton Place were 1 for 5 with the man advantage. Their powerplay is 28.4% in the playoffs (1st). Casselman have the 3rd best powerplay percentage (26.23).
Game 2 of the series is scheduled for 7:15pm tonight in Carleton Place. The only other game played between the two teams in CP was a 3-2 win for the Canadians back on December 2.