Ottawa Jr. Canadians Drop Game 1 to Casselman

Sunday, March 3, 2024. 9:15 pm

The Jr. Canadians made the trip down the 417 for game one of the second round of the Barkley Cup playoffs against the Casselman Vikings. Although a tough-fought 60 minutes, the Jr. Canadians drop this by a score of 4-3.

The first period got off to a quick start with Mateo Mongeon (1G) scoring just under six minutes in to give the Jr. Canadians a quick lead but it was followed by two Casselman goals to close out the frame.

Heading into the second it was a physical battle and the Vikings added two more goals before Ottawa’s Tyler Smith (1G) could cut the lead to two. In the final frame, the Jr. Canadians controlled most of the pace of play and got a goal from Evan Potter (1G) to cut the lead to one. With an empty net at the end of the game, Ottawa couldn’t find the game-tying goal and Casselman took a 1-0 series lead.

Noah Paddock got the nod for game one but got pulled after allowing four goals on 18 shots in a period and a half. Joshua Hawken took over the crease just over midway through the second and made 13 stops on 13 shots keeping Ottawa in it until the bitter end.

Other Jr. Canadians to hit the score sheet included Joshua Weekes (1A), Jack Chiarello
(1A), Daniel Kyte (1A), Reid Greer (1A), and Conor Contois (1A).

Tyler Smith was the lone star for the Ottawa Jr. Canadians taking home the third star
and it was Noah Bath, and Dominic Martin who took the first and second stars home

Game 2 of the series is on Tuesday, March 5th, 2024, as the Ottawa Jr. Canadians look
to bounce back and tie the series up at one game apiece against the Casselman
Vikings. The puck drops at 7:20 PM at the Earl Armstrong Arena.


OJC Media | Kaghlen Roberts

Photo & Graphic | Tyler Cyr