Hurricanes have busy weekend with basketball, volleyball and hockey games
January 31, 2014
The Holland Hurricanes hit the road en route to Halifax for a handful of games with the cities ACAA members, Mount Saint Vincent University and the University of Kings College.
The women’s Hurricanes enter the weekend with an 11-2 record on the season, sitting in second place in the ACAA’s standings; they are also placed at number eight in the CCAA national women’s basketball rankings.
On Saturday they will take on the MSVU Mystics at 2pm; the Mystics are in third place in the ACAA standings this season with a 9-5 record this season.
The Hurricanes have defeated the Mystics in two games so far this season; both were played at Holland College’s Centre for Community Engagement.
On Sunday the Hurricanes will take on the UKC Blue Devils at 1pm. The Blue Devils are in fourth place in the ACAA standings with an 8-6 record.
In two games this season the Hurricanes have won both games.
“It’s highly likely one of these two teams this weekend will be our match up in the Conference Semi Finals to get to Nationals this year, so we want to have a solid performance”, shared head coach Mike Connolly.
On the men’s side the Hurricanes currently sit in second place in the ACAA standings, also with an 11-2 record. They moved up to number four this week in the CCAA national men’s basketball rankings after the Crandall Chargers fell to the Mystics last weekend and dropped in the rankings.
In Saturday’s game, taking place at 4pm, they will take on a third place MSVU Mystics that has a 10-4 record thus far this season. The two teams have faced off twice this year with each team taking home one victory.
On Sunday the ‘Canes and the UKC Blue Devils will face off at 3pm; the Blue Devils hold a record of 2-12 and sit in seventh place in the ACAA standings. The Hurricanes have won both matchups against UKC this season.
Second year player from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Chase Bowden knows the importance of these two games.
“This is a huge weekend in Halifax. MSVU is coming off a big win over Crandall and Kings just got their go-to-guy back. Both of these gyms are tough to play in so we need to be focused and ready show that we are the best team in the league”.
Head coach Josh Whitty looks forward to the challenge this weekend brings.
“We’ve got two more big tests on the road in MSVU (CCAA #12) and Kings. We’ve been playing well as of late and need to carry that on through the weekend”.
Coming off of their first victory of the season the Hurricanes women’s volleyball team will look to continue to roll as they travel to Clair, Nova Scotia for back to back games with the Universite de Sainte Anne Dragons.
“It was great to finally see the girls come out on top. It was a tough battle but they never gave up and fought for every point. MTA is one of the strongest teams in the league and getting this win is a needed confidence boost going into our final 7 games of the season”, shared head coach Lori-Beth Dwyer following Wednesdays victory.
The Hurricanes, 1-10, sit in seventh place while the Dragons, 2-10, sit in sixth place.
These two teams have faced off on one other occasion, the Dragons winning in three straight sets.
Saturday’s game will take place at 6pm while Sunday’s game will take place at 11am.
Nikki Baker from Regina, Saskatchewan hopes to feed off of Wednesday’s victory.
“After the big win on Wednesday I am feeling really confident that we can come out with a win against Saint Anne this weekend. Winning this will give the team even more confidence to do well in the remaining games of the season!”
On the men’s side the Hurricanes enter the weekend with a 2-6 record and sit in third place in the standings while the Dragons hold a record of 0-6 and sit in fourth place.
The Hurricanes and Dragons have met twice this year, the ‘Canes winning both matches.
On Sunday these two teams will tip-off at 8pm while Sunday’s game will get started at 1pm.
Veteran player Jeremy McKinnon from Charlottetown knows these are two big games for his team.
“This weekend is big for us, heading down there for two key games. Essentially we must win for the standings as well as our own confidence and get back to playing a full match”.
As usual, all eight basketball and volleyball games this weekend will be featured live at http://www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes for anyone looking to watch the games.
The women Hurricanes hit the road this week for back-to-back games with the Cape Breton University Capers. The Capers, in third place, hold a two-point lead over the Hurricanes with their 1-3-2 record. The Hurricanes currently sit at 0-6-2 on the season.
This will be the first time these two teams will meet this season.
Rookie player from Back Greenfield, New Brunswick, Ashley Lunn, was last week’s female Athlete of the Week. She knows how valuable these two points are in the standings.
““As a team we are all working hard at fitness and at practices and it is paying off. We may not be getting the outcome that we want but we are improving as the year goes on. For the games coming up against Cape Breton this coming weekend we all are very excited. This is our first time playing Cape Breton so we do not know what to except. I think that if we play like we have been we are going to have a great weekend and we are all hoping to get our first win.”
Saturday’s game will take place at 6:30 pm while Sunday’s game will get underway at 9:30 am. Both games take place at the New Waterford Arena in Cape Breton.
On the men’s side the Hurricanes are set to begin a weekend of home games being played out of the Pownal Sports Centre. The Hurricanes Midget affiliate, the Pownal Red Devils, have produced many Hurricanes players over the past two seasons including six players that could be in the lineup this weekend; Patrick Cummiskey, Will Connolly, Dalton MacDonald, Jordan Gallant, Matt Derry and Logan Toole.
Saturday’s game will take place at 8:15pm when they host the Sherwood Falcons while they will play another home game out of the Pownal Sports Centre on Monday night at 8pm versus the Montague Maniacs.
Goaltender Matt Derry is excited about returning to the Pownal Sports Centre.
“Heading into this weekend’s game in Pownal I’m very excited to get to play in my old home rink. As for the team I think over the past couple games were starting to find our identity and start to head in the right direction. These next few games are crucial considering playoffs are right around the corner and I’m feeling optimistic about how we’re playing lately. If we keep heading in this direction well be in our best form of the season for playoffs”.
The men’s Hurricanes currently sit in fifth position in the Island Junior Hockey League holding a 4-17-3 record while the Falcons sit in third position at 10-11-4 and the Maniacs at 18-6-1 are in second place.
Head coach Ryan Maxwell is excited to play a pair of games in a new rink and a fresh start.
“We’re ready to face Sherwood and Montague in our next two games in Pownal . We haven’t had much success at Simmons so it will be interesting to see how things go in Pownal; we will be ready to go on Saturday night”.
The Hurricanes have faced the Falcons five times this season and hold a record of 1-3-1; while they’ve taken on the Maniacs seven times and hold a record of 1-5-1.
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