Hurricanes Women’s Hockey: Captures Wins as Host of Women Hockey Challenge
January 24, 2012
The Holland Hurricanes women’s hockey team came away with a record of two wins, a tie and a loss in the weekend tourney hosted by Holland College. The Hurricanes were pleased with their results as they surged up the standings in the intercollegiate tournament format.
The Hurricanes opened the tournament with a solid effort against the Cape Breton Capers winning by a five to three margin. The Canes were led by a two goal performance by Shalan Graham with single markers going to Abby MacCormack, Candace Arsenault and Molly Gotell.
In their second matchup the ‘Canes faced Bishop’s University and despite controlling the play for most of the game the ‘Canes had to settle for a two-two draw. Scoring for the home squad was Shalan Graham and Candace Arsenault.
The Hurricanes’ only loss of the tournament came at the hands of UNB who jumped out to an early four to zero first period lead and played strong defense for the final two periods. Jessica Stoddard did manage to score a goal early in the second period for the ‘Canes but that was as close as they could come with the game ending four to one for the visitors.
In the final game of the weekend the ‘Canes played well throughout the contest scoring in all three periods for a five to nil shutout win over the Universite de Sainte-Anne. The shutout was recorded by Holly MacLeod and the goal scorers were Alison Squires with two and singles by Haley Mullen, Elly Arsenault and Vanessa French.
Coach Chris Aiken was optimistic about the weekend’s performance by the Canes, “We saw a noticeable improvement in our team from the first tournament and we now know that the hard work will pay off for us as we go forward. The players were a little disappointed with not achieving a three win weekend but they made great progress and we are looking forward to getting stronger”.
After the twelve-game tournament it was UNB finishing in first with a 4W-0L record, Holland College and Acadia at 2W-1L-1T, Bishop’s and CBU at 1W-2L-1T and Sainte-Anne at 0W-4L. The tournament was the second of five in a rotation that moves around the Maritimes with the top two teams eventually playing off for the Challenge Cup.
1- Holland College 5 – CBU 3
2- UNB 5 – Acadia 1
3- Holland College 2 – Bishop’s 2
4- Acadia 3 – Universite de Sainte-Anne 0
5- Bishop’s 3 – CBU 1
6- UNB 7 – Universite de Sainte-Anne 0
7- Acadia 6 – Bishop’s 0
8- UNB 4 – Holland College 1
9- CBU 10 – Universite de Sainte-Anne 0
10- UNB 3 – Bishop’s 0
11- CBU 1 – Acadia 1
12- Holland College 5 – Universite de Sainte-Anne 0