The Casselman Vikings welcomed the Renfrew Timberwolves to the J. R. Brisson Complex on Thurs., Feb. 6, in the CCHL2. The Vikings’ forward, Xavier Léveillé (24) celebrates scoring the games opening goal, beating the Timberwolves’ goalie, Ethan Lapenski. Léveillé scored a goal and an assist as the Vikings downed the Timberwolves 4-3 in a shootout. Moore photo

WILLIAMSTOWN—The Casselman Vikings played a pair of games this past weekend as they welcomed the Renfrew Timberwolves on Thursday night and travelled to Williamstown on Saturday night to take on the Char-Lan Rebels.

Vikings 4 Rebels 3 (SO)

The Casselman Vikings travelled to the Char-Lan Recreation Centre in Williamstown on Sat., Feb. 8 to take on the Char-Lan Rebels in the CCHL2. The Vikings went into the game, riding a seven game winning streak after taking down the Renfrew Timberwolves in their previous game and sat in fourth place just four points behind the Ottawa Jr. Canadians in third place. 

The Vikings opened the scoring when Jason Cossette scored his 18th goal of the season while shorthanded at 6:52 unassisted taking a 1-0 lead. The Rebels knotted the affair at one at 12:30 and with time winding down in the opening frame they took their first lead of the game with just one minute remaining. 

The Rebels took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. 

The Vikings tied the game at 10:26 of the second period as Chris Egener scored his second of the season from Samuel Labre and Jeremy Cyr. 

The Vikings took their second lead of the game when affiliated player, Tucker Shields scored his first goal as a Vikings from Nicolas Chartrand at 13:43. The Vikings took a 3-2 lead into the second intermission. 

The Rebels tied the game at three with just 1:24 remaining in regulation on the power play. Neither team was able to score before the clock wound down so the game headed to a five-minute three-on-three overtime period. 

The teams fired three shots apiece on goal in the overtime frame but neither were able to score the game-winning goal so the game headed to a shootout. The Rebels’ first shooter scored to put pressure on the Vikings shooter, Frédérick Gagnier but he evened the shootout at one. 

The Rebels’ next shooter missed, but the Vikings’ next shooter, Nicolas Chartrand did not, taking a 2-1 shootout lead. The pressure was all on the last Rebels’ shooter and he was stopped by the Vikings’ goalie, Nick Campbell. 

The Vikings took the game by a score of 4-3 and moved to within two points of the third place Canadians. The Rebels outshot the Vikings 38-26. 

Picking up the win in the Vikings’ goal was Campbell making 35 saves.

Vikings 4 Timberwolves 3 (SO)

The Casselman Vikings welcomed the Renfrew Timberwolves to the J. R. Brisson Complex on Thurs., Feb. 6, in the CCHL2. The Vikings went into the game in fourth place in the Martin Division with 50 points, four points behind the Ottawa Jr. Canadians in third place and five behind the second place Embrun Panthers. The Vikings were riding a six-game winning streak. 

The Vikings opened the scoring when Xavier Léveillé fired home his sixth goal of the season from Mathieu Talbot and Alexandre Charlebois at 6:36 of the first period taking a 1-0 lead. The Vikings made it 2-0 when Frédérick Gagnier scored his 13th of the season from Léveillé at 11:13. 

The Timberwolves cut the deficit in half at 17:19 but trailed 2-1 heading into the first intermission. The Vikings increased their lead to 3-1 as affiliated player, Ryan Wells scored his first goal from Shawn Patterson and Adam Paquette at 8:29 of the second period. 

The Timberwolves cut the deficit to one at 9:50 and tied the game at 17:39. The teams took a three-all draw into the second intermission and battled to a scoreless third period, so the game headed to a five-minute three-on-three overtime period. 

The Vikings outshot the Timberwolves 5-2 in the extra frame but neither team was able to find the back of the net, so the game headed to a shootout. The Vikings’ first shooter, Talbot scored in the first round but the Timberwolves did not. 

The Timberwolves second shooter scored in the second round but the Vikings were stopped. The Vikings put the pressure on the Timberwolves as Gagnier scored first in the third round. The Timberwolves next shooter was stopped by the Vikings’ goalie, Zacharie Racine. 

The Vikings took the game 4-3 extending their winning streak to seven games. The Vikings outshot the Timberwolves 47-28. 

Picking up the win in the Vikings’ goal was Racine making 25 saves.

Up next

The Casselman Vikings travel to the Billy Gebbie Arena in Alexandria on Fri., Feb. 14, to take on the Glens at 8 p.m., to the Carleton Place Arena on Sat., Feb 15 to take on the Canadians at 8:15 p.m. and to the Barbara Ann Scott Arena on Mon., Feb. 17, to take on the Ottawa West Golden Knights at 7:20 p.m.

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