‘Canes men’s hockey finish regular season with victory
February 28, 2014
The Holland Hurricanes erased a four-goal deficit after the first period on Thursday night to earn the improbable victory in Evangeline versus the Western Red Wings.
In the final IJHL regular season game the fourth place Western Red Wings hosted the fifth place Holland Hurricanes in a preview of next week’s first round, best-of-five, quarter-final playoff series.
The Red Wings scored goals at 2:29, 4:06, 5:44 and 11:41 of the first period to take an early 4-0 lead after the first period.
Goaltender Aaron Arsenault was pulled following the fourth goal allowed in favour of Matt Derry.
The second period opened up with the Hurricanes finding the scoreboard after a Patrick Cummiskey shorthanded goal at 3:32, assisted by Jonny Richards.
At 8:55 Dalton MacDonald would score off of a pass from Logan Toole to cut the deficit to just two goals.
On the power play at 13:00 Patrick Cummiskey would score his second of the night and thirtieth of the season to bring the ‘Canes to within one goal of the Red Wings. Jonny Richards was credited with the assist on the goal.
To cap off the period the Hurricanes Logan Toole would score at 14:47, also on the power play to tie the game at 4-4; JP Provencher earned the assist on the goal.
The Red Wings outshot the Hurricanes through two periods 28-24.
In the third period the Hurricanes captain Jonny Richards put his team ahead at 6:22 with his twelfth of the season with assists going to Cummiskey and Curtis Hall.
The ‘Canes would cap things off at 7:20 when Eric Locke beat goaltender Chris Gallant; assists went to MacDonald and Toole. The Hurricanes went on to win the game 6-4.
The Red Wings outshot the Hurricanes 38-35. The Hurricanes were 2-for-5 on the power play while Western went 0-for-2.
Matt Derry earned the win for the Hurricanes in goal, stopping all 25 shots over 48 minutes of play.
The Hurricanes will now take on the Western Red Wings in the IJHL best-of-five, quarter-final series which is set to begin on Tuesday in Evangeline. The Hurricanes were 3-5 versus the Red Wings this season.
In the Hurricanes second season as members of the Island Junior Hockey League they began with a 5-1 victory over the Montague Maniacs but proceeded to struggle in November through January.
After starting the season with a 3-2-2 recorded the young lineup went on to lose ten straight games before snapping that streak in their final game of 2013, a 7-6 win over the Red Wings at Simmons Sport Centre.
Following a 0-5-1 record in January the Hurricanes turned things around in February with a record of 5-3 to end the season; the ‘Canes and Maniacs each had five wins in the month, tops in the league.
The Hurricanes scored 37 power play goals this season, tops in the league; their power play percentage and penalty kill percentage was ranked at number four in both categories.
With a 9-20-3 record to end the season the Hurricanes now turn their attention to their best-of-five, quarter-final playoff series. The first round schedule is as follows while the (2) Montague Maniacs and (3) Sherwood Falcons will face off in the semi-finals. The first place Kensington Vipers will meet the winner of the Red Wings/Hurricanes series.
Game 1 – Tuesday, March 4th @ Evangeline Rec Centre
Game 2 – Saturday, March 8th @ Simmons Sports Centre
Game 3 – Sunday, March 9th @ Evangeline Rec Centre
Game 4 – Monday, March 10th @ Pownal Sports Centre (if necessary)
Game 5 – TBA @ Evangeline Rec Centre (if necessary)
Rookie, Patrick Cummiskey led the Hurricanes offensively this season with 30 goals, 24 assists and 54 points, playing all 32 games. Cummiskey ended the season with four shorthanded goals and ten power play goals, leading the league in both categories.
Cummiskey finished seventh in the IJHL scoring race and second among rookies making him one of the brightest up-and-coming stars in the IJHL.
Cummiskey ranked in third for goals scored in the league.
Rookie goaltender Matt Derry entered his first season of junior hockey and took hold of the number one role immediately for the Hurricanes. Derry played in 26 games this season, the second most out of all goaltenders in the IJHL and finished the season with a 7-16-1 record. Derry’s 4.53 was third best among goaltenders who played more than ten games this season and his .883 was fourth best in the league. He also earned one of three IJHL shutouts recorded this season, the only by a rookie goaltender.
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