Hurricanes men’s hockey prepare for three games in five days
November 8, 2013
The Holland Hurricanes return to action on Saturday to begin a busy stint of three games over five days. The Hurricanes, currently 3-4-2 and sitting in fourth place in the Island Junior Hockey League standings have lost their last two games.
At home on Saturday the Hurricanes will play host to the Montague Maniacs (6-3-0) who currently sit in second place. The Maniacs are also in action on Friday night when they host the league leading Kensington Vipers.
“We have two tough tests this weekend against Montague and Kensington and another one on Wednesday against Sherwood. There are no easy games in this league. You have to come ready to play every night and a lot of that is preparation and being ready to compete every time you’re on the ice. As a program we’ve been focusing on the little details that often decide whether you win or lose a hockey game. I don’t like to focus too much on other teams and what they are doing as I feel if we stick to our game plan we will have success. It’s important for our guys to battle hard and play at both ends of the ice and be accountable. We have a lot of new forwards in the room this year and are still juggling lines in hopes to develop some chemistry. Matt Derry has really impressed me as a first year goaltender in a highly offensive league and has earned the starting position and we will look to him to be solid again this weekend. I like what we’ve shown so far and can’t wait to get back on the ice tomorrow night against Montague”, said Ryan Maxwell, the team’s third year head coach.
In the previous two matchups between the Hurricanes and Maniacs this season the teams have split one game apiece. In the season opener the Hurricanes defeated the Maniacs 5-1 while last Friday night the Maniacs defeated the ‘Canes 6-5; both games were played at the Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre. Saturday night’s game takes place at the Simmons Sport Centre at 8:15 pm.
On Sunday evening the Hurricanes will travel to Kensington for their first game at the Community Gardens. Puck drop with the Vipers is set for 7 pm.
The ‘Canes will continue to be busy when they visit the Sherwood Falcons on Wednesday, November 13th for an 8 pm game.
“It’s not really a big deal playing three games in five days. We are all looking forward to getting above five-hundred again and moving up the standings. We had a little adjustment period with new playing coming in but I think that’s behind us and we’re ready to play well and stay near the top of the standings” said defenseman Eric Locke.
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