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Vikings fall to Rapids Friday

Elliot Lake couldn't hold back a second period surge from the French River Rapids
Elliot Lake Vikings

Roaring back from an early deficit, the French River Rapids roared back with four second periods goals to defeat the Elliot Lake Vikings 4-3 in a Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League neutral site match-up Friday at the Espanola Regional Recreation Complex.

Setting an early tone, Elliot Lake bagged a couple of quick tallies to go up by a pair before the contest was two minutes in.

Noah Aboflan notched the first one at the 39-second mark getting the puck at the point and moving into the high slot where he wired a shot high over the glove of French River starter Elijah Grant.

Coming right back, the Vikings tacked on another with Max Ciesielski pumping in a one-timer from nearly the same spot as the Aboflan effort.

Aboflan then struck shorthanded half-way through the first as he raced in alone on a breakaway where he made a couple of quick moves before placing his chance past the pad of Grant into the left corner.

The Rapids got one back, on a man advantage, early in the second with Nolan Masson cranking in a one-timer from the right circle, off a nice feed across by teammate Daniil Grishachev.

Not done there, they tacked on three more to go in front after 40 minutes.

Tyler Trealout made 3-2 at 7:56 as he pumped one in from the left circle past a partially screened Matthew Vahramian in the Elliot Lake net.

They then drew level a couple of shifts later courtesy of Jesse Lefebvre, who was spotted alone in front by Matthew Shulist, then quickly wired a shot in the bottom left corner.

Completing their second period surge, Shulist added another assist by spinning along the end boards and firing a feed in front to Matthew Stringer, who put it upstairs over the blocker of Vanramian at 18:25.

Neither side would connect in a scoreless final frame, with French River winning for the third time in four games to improve to 6-18-1-0 overall.

In defeat Elliot Lake fell to 4-13-1-3.