12 Apr 17

Vikings one win away from fourth consecutive title

The Casselman Vikings welcomed the Richmond Royals to the J. R. Brisson Complex on Sun., April 9, for game three of the best of seven CCHL2 Barkley Cup final. The Vikings’ Ethan Wensink (2) has sat out the past three games with an undisclosed injury but returned with a nice goal here as he was sprung on a breakaway and beat the Royals’ goalie Patrick Kealey to make it 2-0 for the Vikings. Wensink (inset) celebrates his goal and his come back with the ole pumpernickel. The Vikings took the game 2-0 and a 3-0 series lead. Moore photo

Jeff Moore

Record Staff

CASSELMAN — The Casselman Vikings made it back to the CCHL2 Barkley Cup final for the second consecutive season but looked to win the fourth straight title as Tier 2 (Junior B). The Vikings took out the Metcalfe Jets in seven games and swept the Ottawa West Golden Knights to make it to the final.

Their opponent, the Richmond Royals knocked out the Arnprior Packers in seven games and the Athens Aeros in six games to earn their right to face the Vikings. It is the second time in three years the two teams faced off for the title. The Royals moved from Stittsville to Richmond this season.

Two years ago they were known as the Stittsville Rams and the Vikings swept them in four straight games taking the then Shorey Cup for the EOJHL Championship.

The series began in Casselman on Thursday night and then moved to the Kanata Recreational Complex for game two on Saturday night and back to Casselman for game three on Sunday night.

The Vikings’ rookie goalie Seth Carter has had a phenomenal playoff this season and ranks first in wins with 11, first in goals against average with 2.13 and second in save percentage with .937. Moore photo

Vikings 2 Royals 0

The Casselman Vikings welcomed the Richmond Royals to the J. R. Brisson Complex on Sun., April 9, game three of the best of seven CCHL2 Barkley Cup final. The Vikings looked to take a stranglehold on the series after taking the first two games 5-1 and 7-3. The Royals needed a win to stay alive in the series.

The Vikings opened the scoring with just 1:55 remaining in the opening frame as rookie sensation Brady Cloutier blasted one home as he stepped inside the blue line from Sebasien Plante and Harrison Wood on the power play.

The Vikings took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. The Royals controlled the second period outshooting the Vikings 17-8 but it was the Vikings’ returning player Ethan Wensink who blocked a shot during a Royals’ power play and his teammate Cory McCrudden sprung him on a breakaway.

Wensink faked left and wrapped it around to his right stretching the Royals’ goalie out sliding it to the back of the net at 2:20 of the second period. The Royals kept working hard but the Vikings defence and goalie Seth Carter kept them at bay taking a 2-0 lead into the second intermission.

The Vikings controlled the play in the third period playing keep away and protected their two-goal lead. The Royals seemed to run out of gas late in the game but the Vikings were content to just run out the clock. The Vikings took the game 2-0 and a 3-0 series lead.

Picking up the shutout in the Vikings’ goal was Carter stopping all 35 shots he faced and suffering the loss was Patrick Kealey with 32 saves on 34 shots. The Vikings are now just one win away from their second CCHL2 title and fourth overall.

The Vikings’ rookie defenseman Brady Cloutier has had a good run since coming back after a long injury that hampered him for most of the season. The rookie put up two assists to help the Vikings down the Royals 7-3 and has a goal and four assists for five points in this round.

Vikings 7 Royals 3

The Casselman Vikings travelled to the Kanata Recreational Complex to take on the Richmond Royals on Sat., April 8, for game two of the best of seven CCHL2 Barkley Cup final. The Vikings took the opener 5-1 in convincing fashion to grab a 1-0 series lead and looked to ride the momentum into game two.

The Royals opened the scoring just 1:01 into the first period as Aaron Hickie scored from Clay Carter and Jordan Boutilier to take a 1-0 lead. The Royals made it 2-0 when Joey Laird scored a power-play goal from Hickie and Matt Allan at 8:22.

The Vikings finally got on the score sheet when Ryan Boucher slid home a puck that squirted out of a crowd in front of the net at 8:45 from Jeremie Lefebvre and Sebastien Plante. The Royals took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

The Royals scored the lone goal of the second period when Colin Baggio scored from Laird and Liam Markhauser at 2:42. The Royals outshot the Vikings 20-12 in the middle frame but the Vikings killed off a major penalty. The Royals took a 3-1 lead into the second intermission and seemed to be in charge of the game.

The Vikings mounted a comeback as Brendan Doherty sniped one high just 1:34 into the third period from Joel Hunt and Harrison Wood to make it 3-2. The Vikings tied the game at 2:36 when Hunt fired one home from Kyle Millett and Brady Cloutier.

The Royals ran into penalty trouble and the Vikings made them pay as Plante blasted one to the back of the net from Cloutier and Doherty at 10:40 taking their first lead of the game.

The Vikings took a two-goal lead when Yanick Dicaire surprised the Royals’ goalie Nick Bond at 11:52 from Mathieu Grandmont and Samuel Gosselin. The Vikings got into some penalty trouble late in the third and with over three minutes to play the Royals pulled their goalie in favour of an extra attacker but it was the Vikings’ Tyler Somers who fired one the length of the ice into the yawning cage at the far end to make it 6-3.

The Royals tried the extra attacker again but the Vikings’ Lefebvre stick handled through the Royals defensemen and was staring at a wide open net but he missed. Lefebvre then picked the puck up from behind the net and eventually slid it home as the Vikings took the game 7-3 and a 2-0 series lead.

Picking up the win in the Vikings’ goal was Seth Carter making 40 saves on 43 shots and suffering the loss in the Royals’ goal was Bond making 26 saves on 31 shots.

Vikings 5 Royals 1

The Casselman Vikings welcomed the Richmond Royals to the J. R. Brisson Complex on Thurs., April 6, for game one of the best of seven CCHL2 Barkley Cup final. The Vikings won the Martin Division title after knocking off the first-place Ottawa West Golden Knights in four straight.

The Royals took the Richardson Division title after a hard fought six-game series against the Athens Aeros. The Royals also took out the Richardson Division’s second-place team in the previous round but it took seven games.

The Vikings’ first round was not easy either as the Metcalfe Jets forced a game seven which the Vikings took. The Vikings ended up with home ice advantage after finishing the regular season in second place with 76 points to the Royals third-place finish and 68 points.

The Vikings opened the scoring when Samuel Gosselin snuck in off the blue line and ripped one to the back of the net from Sebastien Plante at 2:43 of the first period to take a 1-0 lead. The Royals evened the score when Aaron Hickie scored from Joey Laird and Jordan Boutilier at 17:03.

The teams took a one-all draw into the first intermission. Just after killing off a penalty, the Royals coughed up the puck to the Vikings’ Isaac Barr who went in one on one with the Royals’ goalie and beat him along the ice at 6:27 of the second period unassisted.

Barr scored his second of the night just after a power play was over as he slapped one through the Royals’ goalie’s equipment from Plante at 14:42 giving the Vikings a 3-1 lead. The Vikings took the 3-1 lead into the second intermission. The Vikings came out of the dressing room on fire as Harrison Wood slid one home from Brady Cloutier and Barr just 24 seconds into the third period.

The Vikings finally clicked one on the power play after eight attempts as Ryan Boucher sniped one from Cloutier and Jeremie Lefebvre at 14:31. The Vikings hung on to take the game 5-1 and a 1-0 series lead.

Picking up the win in the Vikings’ goal was Seth Carter making 32 saves on 33 shots and suffering the loss in the Royals’ goal was Nick Bond making 23 saves on 28 shots.

Up next

The Casselman Vikings travel to the Goulbourn Recreation Complex in Stittsville to take on the Richmond Royals tonight Wed., April 12, for game four at 8:30 p.m. The Vikings welcome the Royals to the J. R. Brisson Complex on Fri., April 14, for game five if necessary. Game six will be in Stittsville on Sat., April 15, at 7:30 p.m., and game seven if necessary will be in Casselman on Mon., April 17, at 8 p.m.