Hurricanes comeback falls short against Falcons
November 14, 2013
The Holland Hurricanes travelled across Charlottetown to the Cody Banks Arena on Wednesday to challenge the Sherwood Falcons in IJHL regular season action. The Hurricanes, sitting at 3-6-2 heading into the game had lost four straight games while the Falcons held a record of 5-7-1 and has lost their previous three games.
Matt Derry got the start in goal for the Hurricanes while Kody MacDonald started for the Falcons.
It didn’t take long for the Falcons to get on the scoreboard as Josh Kirkpatrick scored on a back-door play on the power play 1:29 into the game with assists going to Brandon Birt and Craig Dougan.
The Falcons would go up 2-0 when Craig Dougan scored his league leading 14th of the season at 13:14 on a breakaway.
The offensive pressure would continue when the Falcons won a battle down low behind goaltender Derry and Craig Dougan would tuck the puck in the net to go up 3-0. The goal was assisted by Josh Scott and Brandon Birt at 16:28.
The Hurricanes top line of Nick MacDonald, Patrick Cummiskey and Curtis Martell have been on fire as of late, scoring the teams previous nine goals; they were at it again during Wednesdays second period.
At 4:10 of the period Nick MacDonald went on to fire a shot high, blocker side over goaltender Kody MacDonald to get the Hurricanes on the board. Curtis Hall drew the assist.
Less than four minutes later Curtis Martell scored on a shot over the glove of MacDonald at 7:38 to make it 3-2 Falcons. Will Connolly and Logan MacKinnon picked up the assists.
At the start of the third period the Hurricanes momentum was stopped when Craig Dougan fired a shot high, glove side to give the Falcons the 4-2 lead 21 seconds in assisted by Donald Duffy and Lucas Holmes. The team continued to press, with Connor Smith finding the net at 4:56 to give the Falcons the 5-2 lead with fifteen minutes to go.
Aaron Arsenault entered the game in goal for the Hurricanes with 13 minutes remaining.
Following a Mike Murchie penalty at 11:08 the Hurricanes entered the penalty kill, showing signs of life when Nick MacDonald fed Patrick Cummiskey the puck in front of the net at 11:18 to make it a 5-3 game. The goal was scored shorthanded. The ‘Canes would further pull their goaltender in an attempt to bring the game closer but they were unable to find the back of the net. The Falcons outshot the Hurricanes 37-28.
With the 5-3 loss the Hurricanes have now lost five straight games and drop to 3-7-2, now sitting in fourth place with eight points. Their next action is at home on Saturday night at the Simmons Sport Centre as they host the Kensington Vipers at 8:15 pm.
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