The Casselman Vikings welcomed the Alexandria Glens to the J. R. Brisson Complex on Thurs., Jan. 31, in the CCHL2. The Vikings got off to a good start as Jason Cossette (18) roofed this puck past the Glens’ goalie, Nicolas Rousseau for the first goal of the game. The Vikings ran into penalty trouble and found themselves down four goals in the third period but battled back to take the game in a 7-6 shootout. Cossette scored two goals and a helper for the Vikings in the loss. Moore photo

COBDEN—The Casselman Vikings played three games this past week as they travelled to Ottawa on Tuesday night to take on the Canadians, welcomed the Alexandria Glens on Thursday night and travelled to Cobden on Saturday night to take on the Whitewater Kings.

Kings 4 Vikings 3 (OT)

The Casselman Vikings travelled to the Astrolabe Arena in Cobden on Sat., Feb. 2, to take on the Whitewater Kings in the CCHL2. The Vikings were coming off an impressive come-from-behind victory over the Alexandria Glens and looked to close in on the Ottawa Jr. Canadians who sat at the top of the Martin Division 13 points up on the Vikings. 

The Vikings opened the scoring at 4:03 of the first period as Evan Boucher scored his seventh goal of the season from Mathieu Talbot and Joshua Peladeau taking a 1-0 lead. The Vikings took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission. 

The Kings tied the game at 6:57 of the second period while shorthanded. The teams took a one-all draw into the second intermission. 

The Kings took their first lead of the game at 10:53 of the third period and took a two-goal lead at 13:48. The Vikings got one back at 16:03 as Yanick Dicaire scored his seventh of the season from Joel Hunt and Jason Cossette. The Vikings pulled their goalie with just over a minute to play in regulation. And for the second time in as many games, the Vikings were able to tie the game with the extra attacker, as Hunt scored his 27th of the season from Gabriel Rousselle and Dicaire with just 40 seconds remaining. 

Neither team was able to notch the game winner before the clock wound down to zero. The game then headed to a five-minute three-on-three overtime frame. The Kings got the only shot on goal in the overtime period and made it count just 30 seconds into the extra frame taking the game 4-3. 

The Vikings outshot the Kings 34-27. Suffering the loss in the Vikings’ goal was Mathieu Chenier making 23 saves. With the win, the Kings spoiled the Vikings’ “Dads’ road trip”.

Vikings 7 Glens 6 (SO)

The Casselman Vikings welcomed the Alexandria Glens to the J. R. Brisson Complex on Thurs., Jan. 31, in the CCHL2. The Vikings were coming off a disappointing 5-3 loss to the Ottawa Jr. Canadians after the Canadians came back from two goals down to take the victory. 

The Vikings opened the scoring at 2:21 of the first period, as Jason Cossette scored his 14th goal of the season from Joshua Peladeau while shorthanded taking a 1-0 lead. The Glens tied the game at 5:20 and took the lead at 6:10 on the power play. 

The Vikings tied the game at 17:33 as Joel Hunt scored his 25th of the season from Cossette and Shawn Patterson on the power play. The teams took a two-all draw into the first intermission. 

The Glens scored the two lone goals of the second period at 9:41 and at 13:12 shorthanded. The Glens took a 4-2 lead into the second intermission. 

The Glens made it 5-2 at 6:32 of the third period. The Glens took a four-goal lead at the eight-minute mark but the Vikings got that one back at 13:01 as Hunt scored his second of the game and 26th of the season from Joey Larcher and Pierce Britton to make it 6-3. 

The Vikings got to within two as Larcher scored his fourth of the season from Hunt at 16:09. The Vikings closed the gap to one when Shawn Patterson scored his 11th of the season from goalie Mathieu Chenier with just 1:13 remaining in regulation. 

The Vikings pulled their goalie in favour of an extra attacker with under a minute remaining and with just 12 seconds showing on the clock, Cossette knotted the affair scoring his 15th of the season unassisted. 

The time wound down in regulation so the game headed to a five-minute three-on-three overtime period. The Vikings outshot the Glens in the overtime frame 8-0 but were unable to score, to complete the comeback attempt. The game then went to a shootout. 

The Glens’ first shooter missed on his shot but the Vikings made theirs count as Louis Chabot scored on his attempt. The Glens scored on their second try to even the shootout at one but the Vikings’ Hunt, sniped his attempt taking a 2-1 lead. 

The Glens next shooter was stopped by Chenier allowing the Vikings to complete the comeback taking the game 7-6. With the win, the Vikings moved back to within 13 points of the Canadians in first place. The Vikings outshot the Glens 40-25. Picking up the win in the Vikings goal was Chenier.

Canadians 5 Vikings 3

The Casselman Vikings travelled to the Earl Armstrong Arena in Ottawa to take on the Ottawa Jr. Canadians on Tues., Jan. 29, in the CCHL2. The Vikings sat in second place in the Martin Division, 13 points behind the Canadians but do hold a game in hand; so with a victory, the Vikings could move to within nine points. 

The two teams battled to a scoreless first period with the Vikings outshooting the Canadians 13-10. The Vikings opened the scoring at 10:38 of the second period as Louis Chabot scored his 11th goal of the season from Joshua Peladeau and Samuel Labre on the power play. 

The Canadians tied the game at 13:54 also on the power play. The teams took a one-all draw into the second intermission. 

The Vikings retook the lead when Antonio Silenu scored his sixth of the season from Jason Cossette and Peladeau at 4:57. The Vikings made it 3-1 as Shawn Patterson scored his 10th of the campaign at 5:34 from Yanick Dicaire. The Canadians got to within one at 10:27 on the power play and tied the game at 11:50. The Canadians took their first lead of the game at 12:59 on the power play. 

With just under two minutes remaining, the Vikings pulled their goalie in favour of an extra attacker but that backfired as the Canadians slapped one into the abandoned cage. The Canadians took the game 5-3, handing the Vikings their seventh loss of the season. 

The Canadians outshot the Vikings 40-36 with 19 shots in the third period alone. Suffering the loss in the Vikings’ goal was Mathieu Chenier making 35 saves.

Up next

The Vikings welcome the Athen Aeros to the J. R. Brisson Complex on Thurs., Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. The Vikings then travel to the Char-Lan Recreation Centre in Williamstown on Sat., Feb. 9, to take on the Char-Lan Rebels at 8 p.m.

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