The Holland Hurricanes women’s hockey team had a busy weekend in Sydney, Nova Scotia versus the Cape Breton University (CBU) Capers in Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) regular season action.
On Saturday evening the ‘Canes erased a three-goal deficit after the first period to earn a 4-4 tie before a big 3-2 win on Sunday afternoon. Both games were played at the Canada Games Complex on the campus of CBU.
“The team really came together this weekend,” shared head coach Jess Cameron. “I am incredibly proud of the effort and poise our team displayed in both games. This weekend sets the tone for the rest of the season as we look to keep this momentum going.”
Leah Byrne, Karlie McNeil and Hannah Tobin would put the Capers up 3-0 in the first period on Saturday before Jacy McMillan got the ‘Canes on the board at 6:38 (assist to Claire Renken). Bethany MacDougall would score the ‘Canes second with just nine seconds remaining in the period after receiving a pass from Breanna Cormier.
McMillan would score her second of the game at 5:24 of the third (assist to Jenna White) before the Capers would retake the lead on the power play with 6:17 remaining when McNeil scored her second of the game. McMillan would complete the hat-trick a minute later, knotting the game at 4-4.
“Our girls had a great weekend,” shared McMillan. “We all played hard and with heart, giving it our all every shift and it really showed on the ice; I’m very proud of our team this weekend.”
Maddy Doherty started in goal for the ‘Canes while Grace Monroe was in goal for CBU.
The Capers went one-for-three on the power play in the tie while the ‘Canes were scoreless on two opportunities.
After heavy overnight snowfall on Saturday night, the start time was pushed back in Sunday’s game and the ‘Canes came ready to play.
Cormier scored with 10:31 remaining in the first to put the ‘Canes up 1-0 before Nicole Sloan tied the game less than two minute later for CBU.
As the minutes ticked away, things ramped up in the final minutes of the game.
Heidi Colp scored with 6:51 remaining to put the ‘Canes up 2-1; Taylor Rix was credited with the assist. Byrne then tied the game at 2-2 with 2:15 remaining for CBU.
Just 22-seconds later, Jenna White found the back of the net to put the ‘Canes up 3-2 with just 1:53 remaining in the game; the goal was assisted by Emma Dixon and McMillan.
“It was a good weekend of hockey,” shared Colp. “We played every shift as it was our last. We got into some penalty trouble but persevered. Earning the win on Sunday was very important.”
Lindsey Minard earned the win in goal for the Hurricanes while Kayla Osmond was tagged with the loss in goal for CBU.
Both teams were unsuccessful on the power play; the Capers on four opportunities and the ‘Canes on two.
With the win the ‘Canes improve to 2-3-1 on the season and move into second place in the ACHA standings; CBU drops to 1-4-1 and in third. The Acadia University Axewomen lead the league at 4-0-0.
The Hurricanes will return to the ice this weekend for exhibition games against Island Women’s Hockey League teams, first at 8:15pm on Saturday versus Western before hosting Southside at 10:50am on Sunday; both games take place at the Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre in Montague, PEI.
The ‘Canes final regular season action takes place on February 29 and March 1 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia versus the Axewomen. Acadia won both previous matchups versus the ‘Canes, a pair of 4-2 losses on November 2 and 3 on PEI.
The Hurricanes will then host the ACHA Championship March 6-8, also at the Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre in Montague.
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Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
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Date: Monday, February 03, 2020