It was a busy weekend for Hurricanes action around the region, with the baseball, soccer and rugby ‘Canes all beginning their regular seasons.
The baseball Hurricanes returned to Atlantic Collegiate Baseball Association (ACBA) action this weekend, first hosting the Dalhousie University Tigers in Charlottetown on Saturday.
In front of a home crowd, the ‘Canes earned wins of 10-2 and 11-1 in Saturdays double-header with Ethan Smith and Ryan Adams earning the wins on the mound. The game one win included a Matthew Peacock grand-slam for the ‘Canes.
The action continued on Sunday when the Hurricanes travelled to Fredericton, NB to take on the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Reds, the defending ACBA Champions.
A game one win of 9-4 continued their perfect start to the season before falling 13-4 in game two. Sam Walsh earned the game one win for the ‘Canes.
The Hurricanes return home for a pair of games on Saturday when they host the St. Francis Xavier (St. FX) X-Men at 1 and 3:30pm, before travelling to Halifax on Sunday to take on the Saint Mary’s University (SMU) Huskies for a double-header.
Sitting at 3-1 the Hurricanes lead the ACBA standings after the opening weekend of play.
A goal in the 90’ by veteran player, Emily Lepine, gave the Hurricanes the 1-0 win over the University of New Brunswick Saint John (UNBSJ) Seawolves on Saturday at the Terry Fox Sports Complex in Cornwall, PEI.
Brianna Spencer earned the win in goal for the Hurricanes.
The ‘Canes continued their strong play on Sunday as they hosted the St. Thomas University (STU) Tommies to complete their home stand. A Reese Kelly goal in the 38’ was followed by a Lepine goal in the 52’ to extend their lead to two. The Tommies would score once in the 71’ but that would be as close as they would come as the Hurricanes won the match, 2-1.
Spencer also was in goal for the ‘Canes on Sunday in the win.
Sitting at 2-0, the Hurricanes lead the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) regular season standings. They visit the University of King’s College (UKC) Blue Devils on Saturday, before taking on the Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Mystics on Sunday; both matches take place in Halifax.
A dominant first half with goals in the 5’ and 6’ by Mohammad Alhaj Ali put the ‘Canes up early on Saturday in their home opener versus the UNBSJ Seawolves at the Terry Fox Sports Complex. Before Julien Jones (20’) and Parker MacLeod (44’) concluded the scoring in the match, giving the Hurricanes the season-opening 4-0 win.
Keegan McKinnon earned the win in goal.
On Sunday, the ‘Canes hosted the defending ACAA champions, the STU Tommies. This was a rematch from the 2021 final where the Tommies edged the ‘Canes by winning the conference championship in penalty kicks.
Both sides played solid defensive games as neither team could score, with the match ending in a 0-0 draw. McKinnon once again played in goal.
With a start of 1-0-1, the Hurricanes sit in a tie for first in the standings alongside the Tommies. The ‘Canes return to action on Saturday versus the UKC Blue Devils and Sunday versus the MSVU Mystics; both matches take place in Halifax.
The women’s rugby ‘Canes began their regular season in Fredericton, NB on Sunday when they travelled to take on the STU Tommies.
A 7-0 lead at halftime was eventually increased to a 31-7 victory for the new team in their first game since the formation of the program.
Two tries by Madison Tingley, and one try each to Kathleeen Curran, Tori Hogan and Hannah DesRoches fueled the ‘Canes to the win. DesRoches had one convert while Hogan had two.
The Hurricanes are set to host their home opener on Sunday, September 18 when they host the UNB Reds at 2pm at Co-Op Field in Charlottetown.
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Date: Monday, September 12, 2022