19 Apr 17

Vikings’ dynasty reigns as they win fourth Championship and second Barkley Cup

Vikings fourth straight championship

The Casselman Vikings captured their second CCHL2 Barkley Cup and their fourth consecutive championship on Wed., April 19, at the Gouldbourn Recreation Complex after sweeping the Richmond Royals with a 5-1 victory. Vikings team members are: (not in order) Connor Ellis, Ethan Wensink, Luke Paquette, Yanick Dicaire, Isaac Barr, Brendan Doherty, Sebastien Plante, Samuel Gosselin, Brady Cloutier, Mathieu Grandmont, Isaac Lavallee, Joel Hunt, Harrison Wood, Evan Mantha, Cory McCrudden, Carter Malette, Tyler Somers, Seth Carter, Kyle Millett, Jeremie Lefebvre and (AP) Danik Drouin. Coaches: Head Coach Mike Ruest, Assistant Coaches Geoff Seguin and A. J. Plante; Scout/Recruiter Steve Poirier; Equipment Manager Vincent Bouchard; Trainer Marc-Andre Quann; General Manger Raymond Lavergne; and President Sylvain Dignard. Owners and Volunteers: Gilles Laplante, Jocelyn (Toe) Quesnel, Louis Brisson and Alain Lamarche. “#WTF We The Fourth” Moore photo

“We the Fourth”

Jeff Moore

Record Staff

STITTSVILLE—The Casselman Vikings travelled to Stittsville on Wednesday night for game four of the best of seven Barkley Cup Championship.

Barkley Cup presentation

The Vikings’ Captain Sebastien Plante accepts the Barkley Cup from the CCHL2 Commissioner Kevin Abrams (right). The CCHL2 Director of Hockey Operations Bruce Baskin was also on hand for the presentation.

Playoff MVPs

The CCHL2 named co-MVPs for the 2017 playoffs because they could not distinguish between the two. The Vikings’ Samuel Gosselin with the CCHL2 Director of Hockey Operations Bruce Baskin and goalie Seth Carter (right) with CCHL2 Commissioner Kevin Abrams took home the MVP awards. Moore photos

Can you say dynasty!

Four members of the Casselman Vikings have won four titles during their stay. Samuel Gosselin (left) Sebastien Plante, Ethan Wensink and Head Coach Mike Ruest.

Gosselin and Wood end Junior careers on a high note

The Casselman Vikings say goodbye to their only two overagers who will be moving on next year. The Vikings’ defenseman Samuel Gosselin spent four years with the team and won four championships and Harrison Wood has been with the team for three years and will be taking home three championship rings.

Vikings 5 Royals 1

The Casselman Vikings travelled to the Goulbourn Recreation Complex in Stittsville on Wed., April 12, to take on the Richmond Royals for game four of the best of seven CCHL2 Barkley Cup Championship.

The Vikings went into the game with a 3-0 series lead after taking game one 5-1, game two 7-3 and game three 2-0 and looked to sweep the Royals four straight. The Royals needed a win just to stay alive.

The two teams battled to a scoreless deadlock in the opening period but the Vikings outshot the Royals 13-8. The Royals took an early second-period penalty and the Vikings took advantage as Isaac Barr pounded home a rebound at 2:50 from Ryan Boucher and Brendan Doherty to take a 1-0 lead.

The Vikings made it 2-0 when Tyler Somers cut in behind the Royals’ defence and beat their goalie Patrick Kealey at 6:54 from Joel Hunt and Evan Mantha. The Vikings took a three-goal lead when Jeremie Lefebvre scored from the right side at 17:34 from Sebastien Plante and Brady Cloutier.

Despite being outshot 13-12 in the second period the Vikings took a 3-0 lead into the second intermission. The Vikings took any energy the Royals had left when Joel Hunt scored to make it 4-0 just 59 seconds into the third period from Lefebvre.

The Royals finally got the Vikings’ goalie Seth Carter as Matt Veaudry scored from Aaron Hickie and Joey Laird at 13:03. The Royals tried everything to score a goal and pulled their goalie with over three minutes remaining. They put it to the Vikings but with a couple of icings and great goaltending the Vikings kept them off the board.

Then with 1:09 remaining in regulation the Vikings’ Brendan Doherty gained centre ice and planted one in the middle of the open net from Lefebvre and Cloutier as the Vikings took the game 5-1.

The Vikings team celebrated as sticks, gloves and helmets came raining down on the ice and a massive pile of hockey players amassed on top their goalie. The Vikings won their second straight Barkley Cup and their fourth straight championship.

The Vikings’ motto “#WTF” standing for “We the Fourth” was suddenly a reality. Picking up the win in the Vikings’ goal was Carter making 27 saves on 28 shots and suffering the loss in the Royals’ goal was Kealey making 26 saves on 30 shots.

The Vikings had two co-MVPs named, defenseman Samuel Gosselin and goalie Carter picked up the awards. The CCHL2’s Commissioner Kevin Abrams was on hand to award the Barkley Cup to the Vikings’ Captain,Sebastien Plante for the second time. This just doesn’t get old!