The Holland Hurricanes women’s hockey team faced-off against the Cape Breton University (CBU) Capers this weekend in Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) regular season action at the Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre in Montague, PEI.
The Capers earned the 4-1 victory on Saturday before the ‘Canes picked up the shutout win by a score of 3-0 on Sunday.
In the 4-1 loss on Saturday, the Hurricanes allowed goals against at 8:21 and 10:01 of the first period by Leah Byrne (assists to Morgan Marks, Grace Monroe and Karla McNeil), giving the Capers the 2-0 lead. They’d add another from Emma Roland (assist to Nicole Sloan) with just 32 seconds remaining in the period to give them the 3-0 advantage after the first.
The Hurricanes would bounce back at 8:59 of the second period on the power play when Paige Deighan scored her second of the season to cut the Capers lead to 3-1; Alexandra Deschenes and Claire Renken were credited with assists on the goal.
The momentum of the Hurricanes was quickly stopped as CBU rebounded just 1:45 later when Byrne completed the hat-trick. There was no scoring in the third period.
The Hurricanes went one-for-one on the power play in the loss while the Capers were unable to score on four power play opportunities.
Grace Monroe, along with her one assist, allowed just one goal against as the winning goaltender for the Capers while Lindsey Minard suffered the loss in goal for the ‘Canes.
The ‘Canes hoped to turn things around on Sunday as both teams battled to a scoreless opening period.
The floodgates would finally open up in the second period the Holland College as they scored three times in 6:19.
First, just eight seconds into the period, Claire Renken gave the Hurricanes the 1-0 lead with a goal assisted by Deschenes and Billie MacKay. Jacy McMillan followed suit at 3:32 scoring her first of the season to put the ‘Canes up 2-0; Emma Dixon was credited with the assist.
The Hurricanes weren’t done in the period. Renken scored her third of the season, an unassisted marker at 6:27, giving the ‘Canes the 3-0 win.
In her first collegiate regular season start in goal, Maddy Doherty stopped all shots faced on Sunday to earn the shutout victory for the Hurricanes, while Kayla Osmond was in goal for the Capers in the loss.
Both teams struggled on the power play on Sunday with the ‘Canes failing to score on two opportunities while the Capers could not score on four chances.
In a regular season where teams have battled poor weather through the first half, the ‘Canes and Capers now sit with identical 1-3-0 records and in second place in the ACHA standings; the Acadia Axewomen lead the way at 4-0-0.
The Hurricanes will return to action on Saturday, January 25 in exhibition play when they face Central of the Island Women’s Hockey League at the Gateway Arena in Borden-Carleton, PEI. The Hurricanes faced Central earlier this season at the Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre in a 3-1 win.
The next ACHA regular season game for the Hurricanes takes place on Saturday, February 1 in Cape Breton versus the Capers at 7:45pm. The teams will then faceoff again on Sunday morning, February 2.
The Hurricanes are hosts of the 2020 Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Championship on March 6-8 at the Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre in Montague.
For more information on the ACHA, visit www.atlanticcollegiatehockey.ca.
For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Monday, January 20, 2020