The Vikings welcomed a couple of new faces to their lineup this past weekend, Zachary Fournier (7) and Xavier Léveillé (24). Fournier comes from the Hawkesbury Hawks of the CCHL after playing there for three years scoring 33 goals and 39 assists. Léveillé also comes from an extended stay with the Hawks scoring five goals and seven assists in 55 games. The Vikings came back from a 3-1 deficit to take the game 6-3. Moore photo

CASSELMAN—The Casselman Vikings had a busy week playing three games as they travelled to Brockville on Wednesday night to take on the Tikis, to Winchester on Friday night to take on the Hawks and played at home as they welcomed the Ottawa West Golden Knights on Sunday night.

Vikings 6 Golden Knights 3

The Casselman Vikings welcomed the Ottawa West Golden Knights to the J. R. Brisson Complex on Sun., Oct. 20, in the CCHL2. The Hawks went into the game sitting just one point behind the Ottawa Junior Canadians who were holding the top spot in the Martin Division so with a win, the Vikings would move into sole possession of first place. The Golden Knights sat just two points behind the Vikings but were in fourth place. 

The teams battled to a scoreless first period with the Golden Knights outshooting the Vikings 9-5. 

The Golden Knights opened the scoring at 2:25 of the second period on the power play taking a 1-0 lead. 

The Golden Knights made it 2-0 at 8:18 but the Vikings cut the deficit in half when Jason Cossette scored his fifth goal of the season shorthanded. The Golden Knights retook a two-goal lead at 13:02 on the power play. 

The Vikings got back to within one when Mathieu Talbot scored his fifth of the year from Zachary Power and Adam Paquette with just 15 seconds remaining in the middle frame. The Golden Knights took a 3-2 lead into the second intermission. 

The Vikings evened the score when Talbot scored his second of the game and sixth of the season just 1:16 into the third period from Mikaël Bissonnette. The Vikings took their first lead of the game when François Drouin lit the lamp for the sixth time this season from Shawn Patterson and Nicolas Chartrand at 3:53 on the power play. 

The Vikings took a two-goal lead as Mikael Houle scored his third of the season from Justin Gregoire and Maxime Desjardins at 4:15. With time winding down in regulation, the Golden Knights pulled their goalie in favour of an extra attacker but it was the Vikings’ Cossette who found the open net unassisted, putting the final nail in the Golden Knights coffin with 1:30 remaining. 

The Vikings took the game 6-3. With the win, the Vikings moved into sole possession of first place in the Martin Division. The Vikings outshot the Golden Knights 31-29. Picking up the victory in the Vikings’ goal was Zachari Racine making 26 saves.

Vikings 2 Hawks 0

The Casselman Vikings travelled to the Joel Steele Community Centre in Winchester on Fri., Oct. 18, to take on the Hawks in the CCHL2. The Vikings sat just one point up on the Hawks in the Martin Division, good enough for second place. 

The Vikings opened the scoring when Mikael Houle scored his second goal of the season from Maxime Desjardins at 9:10 of the first period. The Vikings outshot the Hawks 19-7 in the first period but took just a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. 

The Vikings took a two-goal lead when Nicolas Chartrand scored his sixth goal the season from François Drouin and Zachary Fournier at 7:32 of the second period. The Vikings outshot the Hawks 16-11 and took a 2-0 lead into the second intermission. 

The Hawks’ attempts to catch the Vikings in the third period were all thwarted by the Vikings’ goalie, Zachari Racine. The Vikings could not add another goal in the third but took the game 2-0. With the win, the Vikings moved to within one point of the Ottawa Jr. Canadians for first place in the Martin Division. 

The Vikings outshot the Hawks 45-24. Picking up the shutout in the Vikings’ goal was Racine making 24 saves and suffering the loss in the Hawks’ goal was Lucas Devries making 43 saves. 

Vikings 4 Tikis 2

The Casselman Vikings travelled to the Brockville Memorial Centre on Wed.,, Oct. 16, to take on the Tikis in the CCHL2. The Vikings were coming off their first regulation loss against the Martin Division’s first place Ottawa Jr. Canadians and looked to get back in the winning column. The Tikis sat in fourth place in the Richardson Division and are much improved from previous seasons. 

The teams battled to a scoreless first period with both teams firing eight shots on goal. 

The Vikings opened the scoring when Nicolas Chartrand ripped home his fourth goal of the season unassisted at 14:59 of the second period. The Tikis tied the game at 18:24 and took the lead with just 38 seconds remaining in the middle frame both on the power play. The Tikis took a 2-1 lead into the second intermission. 

The Vikings tied the game 4:30 into the third period as Mikael Bissonnette scored his first of the season from Justin Gregoire and William MacDonald. 

The Vikings retook the lead when Frederick Gagnier scored his second of the season unassisted at 10:59. With time winding down in regulation, the Tikis pulled their goalie in favour of an extra attacker but that backfired as the Vikings’ Chartrand scored his second of the game and fifth of the season from Gagnier in the abandoned cage with just four seconds remaining. 

The Vikings doubled the Tikis 4-2. With the win, the Vikings moved back into sole possession of second place in the Martin Division. The Vikings outshot the Tikis 29-27. Picking up the win in the Vikings’ goal was Nicholas Campbell making 25 saves.

Up next

The Casselman Vikings welcome the Char-Lan Rebels to the J. R. Brisson Complex on Thurs., Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. and travel to the Palais des Sports in Embrun to take on the Panthers on Fri., Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. The Vikings then go to the Richmond Arena on Sun., Oct. 27, to take on the Royals at 1:30 p.m.

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