29 Mar 17

Vikings jump out to 3-0 series lead vs. Knights

The Casselman Vikings welcomed the Ottawa West Golden Knights to the J. R. Brisson Complex on Thurs., March 23, for game two of the best of seven CCHL2 Martin Division final. The Vikings’ Joel Hunt (left) watches the puck go into the net as Harrison Wood (23) screens the Knights’ goalie Chris Cuglietta as defender Matt Cowley (5) tries to contain him. Scoring the opening goal of the game was Sébastien Plante on a power play in the first period. The Vikings went on to take the game 5-3. Moore photo

Jeff Moore

Record Staff

OTTAWA — The Casselman Vikings had three playoff games this past week for the CCHL2 Martin Division final against the Ottawa West Golden Knights. The series opened at the Barbara Ann Scott Arena in Ottawa on Monday night and head back to Casselman for game two on Thursday night and game three was held back in Ottawa on Saturday night.

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The Casselman Vikings travelled to the Barbara Ann Scott Arena in Ottawa to take on the Ottawa West Golden Knights on Sat., March 25, for game three of the best of seven CCHL2 Martin Division final. The Vikings took a 2-1 series lead into the game after winning the first game 2-1 and game two 5-3 as they looked to get a stranglehold on the series.

The Knights needed a win just to keep the series close. The two teams battled to a scoreless draw in the first period but the Vikings had the edge in shots 13-11. The Knights opened the scoring when Peyton Francis slapped one home from André Giordano and Matt Cowley with just 2:13 remaining in the second period taking a 1-0 lead into the second intermission.

The Vikings knotted the affair when Samuel Gosselin stepped into one at 7:39 of the third period from Harrison Wood and Brendan Doherty on a power play. The Vikings took their first lead of the game when Doherty slapped one to the back of the net from Gosselin and Wood at 13:28.

The Knights pulled their goalie in favour of an extra attacker but were unable to tie the game as the Vikings stole the game 2-1 taking a 3-0 series lead. Picking up the win in the Vikings’ goal was Seth Carter making 31 saves on 32 shots and suffering the loss in the Knights’ goal was Chris Cuglietta making 38 saves on 40 shots.

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The Casselman Vikings welcomed the Ottawa West Golden Knights to the J. R. Brisson Complex on Thurs., March 23, for game two of the best of seven CCHL2 Martin Division final. The Vikings went into the game with a one game to none series lead after taking game one 2-1 and looked to take advantage of home ice.

The Vikings opened the scoring when Sebastien Plante slapped one home on a power play from Brendan Doherty and Samuel Gosselin at 17:05 of the first period taking a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

The Vikings made it 2-0 when Isaac Lavallée slapped one from the point to the back of the net from Doherty and Harrison Wood at 4:18 of the second period. The Vikings took a three-goal lead when Gosselin fired one home after sneaking in off the left point at 6:10 from Carter Malette and Tyler Somers.

The Knights finally got on the board when Nicholas Domitrovic scored from Matt Connolly and Adam Cook at 7:30. The Knights got to within one as Adam Cooke scored from Connolly and Reilly Hennigar with just 1:29 remaining in the middle frame. The Vikings took a 3-2 lead into the second intermission.

The Vikings restored a two-goal lead when Gosselin scored his second of the game from Plante and Wood on a power play at 7:30 of the third period. The Knights scored with 3:43 remaining to make it a one-goal game as Peyton Francis scored from Connor O’ Reilly.

The Knights pulled their goalie in favour of an extra attacker but with just 36 seconds remaining the Vikings’ Isaac Barr found the open net as Plante and Jeremie Lefebvre sprang him free. The Vikings hung on for the 5-3 victory taking a two games to none series lead.

Picking up the win in the Vikings’ goal was Seth Carter making 31 saves on 34 shots and suffering the loss in the Knights’ goal was Chris Cuglietta making 24 saves on 28 shots.

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The Casselman Vikings didn’t waste any time moving on to the next series as they travelled to the Barbara Ann Scott Arena in Ottawa to take on the Ottawa West Golden Knights on Mon., March 20, for game one of the best of seven CCHL2 Martin Division final.

The Vikings were coming off a tough seven-game series against the Metcalfe Jets the previous Thursday defeating the Jets 5-4 to move on to the finals. The Golden Knights followed the same script except they came back from a 3-0 series deficit to beat the Clarence Beavers in seven games.

The Vikings opened the scoring just 1:02 into the first period when Sébastien Plante sniped one high over the Knights’ goalie’s shoulder after the Knights gave it away in their own end to take a 1-0 lead. The Vikings took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission. The Vikings outshot the Knights 8-6 in the first period.

The second period was a defensive battle with just a total of 13 shots fired on goal and neither team was able to hit the back of the net. The Vikings hung on to the slim 1-0 lead heading into the second intermission.

The Vikings made it 2-0 when defenseman-made-forward, Tyler Somers slid one to the back of the net from Brady Cloutier just 1:31 into the third period. The Knights answered when Ryan DiMillo scored from former Alexandria Glen Adam Cooke and Terrance McLean at 2:31 to make it 2-1.

With time winding down, the Vikings were assessed a minor penalty for tripping with 2:03 remaining in regulation. The Knights were not successful with just a five on four so they pulled their goalie in favour of an extra attacker with just over a minute remaining but the Vikings didn’t allow them to really get set up icing the puck a couple of times.

The Knights had one scoring chance and rang it off the outside of the post in the dying seconds but that was as close as they would get as the Vikings took the game 2-1 and a 1-0 series lead.

Picking up the win in the Vikings’ goal was Seth Carter making 27 saves on 28 shots and suffering the loss in the Knights’ goal was Chris Cuglietta making 19 saves on 21 shots.

Up next

The Casselman Vikings welcome the Ottawa West Golden Knights tonight Wed., March 29, for game four at 7:30 p.m. If necessary, the Vikings then travel to the Barbara Ann Scott Arena in Ottawa vs. the Knights on Thurs., March 30, for game five; game six will be in Casselman on Sun., April 2, at 7:30 p.m.; and game seven will be back in Ottawa on Mon., April 3, at 7:30 p.m.