MORRISBURG–Led by a hat trick performance from Devin Desnoyers, the Casselman Vikings had a fairly easy time of it here Saturday night as they skated to an 8-2 victory over the Morrisburgh Lions.
The Vikings used the win to push their winning streak to 13 games as they sit on top of the St. Lawrence Division standings with 29 points. Their closest opposition comes from the Winchester Hawks who are nipping on their heels with 26 points.
The lowly Lions are nestled into the division’s basement position with just three points.
Saturday night in Morrisburg, the Vikings were on the scoreboard twice in just over a minute of play. By the end of the first period they were up 3-0.
They stretched it to 6-0 in the second period, before the Lions blinked the light behind goaltender Philippe Quesnel with a goal from Taylor Eamon, assisted by Chris Pearson at 18:28 of the frame.
Christian Leger counted the Lions second goal at 8:40 of the third period, with Pearson getting his second assist of the game.
Desnoyers led the Vikings scoring with his hat trick performance in the second period.
The Rideau-St, Lawrence Conference scoring leader, Taylor Widenmaier added two goals and singles were scored by Thierry Gibeault, Miguel Laurin, and Joel Adam.
Widenmaier leads the conference scoring with 37 points and joining him in the top scoring positions are teammates Joel Adam with 26 points in third place and Maxime Choquette in fourth spot with 24.
Brandon Gilmour of the Prescott Flyers breaks into the Vikings dominated scoring race at second place with 30 points.
Penalties in Saturday night’s game came in bunches, most occurring in the third period.
Just five minor penalties were handed out in the first period, three to the Lions. Then in the second the Vikings had three players skate to the penalty box for minor infractions.
In the third period the Lions drew three minor penalties, a five minute fighting major and five 10 minute misconducts.
The Vikings drew four minors a five minutes fighting major, and five 10 minute misconducts.
Brandon Chilton was in net for the Lions loss. He gave up the eight Casselman goals on 49 shots on net, while Quesnell handled 30 shots from the Lions.
Coming up this Friday, November 8, the Lions at on the road to Alexandria for an 8 p.m. game. Saturday night, November 9, they host the Winchester Hawks. Game time is 7:30 p.m.