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Hurricanes women’s hockey earn point in weekend games with UNB

January 27, 2014

Ashley Lunn from Back Greenfield, New Brunswick scored three times on Saturday as the 'Canes tied UNB 3-3.

Ashley Lunn from Back Greenfield, New Brunswick scored three times on Saturday as the ‘Canes tied UNB 3-3.

The Holland Hurricanes women’s hockey team hosted the UNB Red Blazers this weekend at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown as part of their Eastern Canadian Collegiate Women’s Hockey League regular season.

The Hurricanes entered the game sitting in fourth place with a 0-5-1 record while UNB sat in second place with a 4-1-3 record this season.

Saturday

The team from UNB got off to a fast start in Saturdays game scoring just 42 seconds in when Heather Braun scored with an assist going to islander, Megan Ferguson.

The Hurricanes would bounce back in the second period when Ashley Lunn would find the back of the net 1:35 into the period. The teams would enter the third period tied 1-1.

UNB would pounce at 6:12 of the third period when another islander, Mary-Jane Brothers would give the Red Blazers the 2-1 lead; assists went to Karine Meurnier-Pelletier and PEI native, Hannah Nabuurs.

They would then pad their lead, with 5:50 remaining in the game, Heather Braun would score her second of the night on the power play to put UNB up 3-1. Charity Walls and Karine Meurner-Pelletier were credited with assists on the goal.

With the clock ticking away and the Hurricanes on the power play, Ashley Lunn would find the back of the net for her second of the game with 1:29 remaining to bring the game to within one goal; Rebecca Chapman and Kaely Gauthier had the assists on the goal.

The Hurricanes continued to push, less than a minute later Lunn would receive a pass in the slot from Ellen Chapman and fire a shot on goal, over the blocker of the UNB goalie to tie the game with 36 seconds remaining.

The 3-3 tie was the second straight tie for the Hurricanes this season.

Lunn’s three goals were her first goals of the season. She hails from Back Greenfield, New Brunswick and is a Sport & Leisure Management student.

Candace Hopkinson played in goal for the Hurricanes while Megan McKinley was in goal for UNB.

Sunday

Coming off of Saturday’s exciting come-from-behind tie with UNB the Hurricanes once again had a slow start to the game on Sunday, surrendering a goal just 26 seconds into the game when Candace Arsenault scored with assists going to Raven LaBillois and Elizabeth Thomas.

UNB would add another midway through the period when Mary-Jane Brothers scored her fourth of the season with assists to Arsenault and LaBillois.

The Hurricanes would find the scoreboard at 10:22 when Katie Flynn would score with the assist going to Hayley Foote.

In the second period the team from UNB would continue to press, scoring at 37 seconds (Charity Walls from Candace Arsenault and Megan Ferguson), 4:11 (Heather Braun from Walls and Meurnier-Pelletier) and at 13:02 (Meurnier-Pelletier from Arsenault) to take a 5-1 lead heading into the third period.

Hurricanes goaltender Tori McCrindle started the game but was replaced at 4:11 into the second period by Candace Hopkinson.

In the third period the play was quite even with just one goal being scored when Heather Braun found the back of the net at 2:12. UNB would go on to win the game 6-1.

With the victory the UNB Red Blazers moved into first place with a 5-1-4 record on the season while the Hurricanes drop to 0-6-2 and remain in fourth in the standings. The other teams in the league include Acadia (5-1-2) sitting in second place and Cape Breton University (1-3-2) in third.

The Hurricanes return to the ice this weekend when they travel to Cape Breton to take on the Capers on Saturday night at 6:30pm and Sunday at 9:30am, both at the New Waterford Arena.

The ‘Canes return home on Saturday, February 8th when they host the Capers at 7pm and again on Sunday, February 9th at 12:30 pm; both games are being played at the Gateway Arena in Borden.

The Hurricanes are gearing up for the 2014 ECWHL Championships taking place at UNB on March 15th and 16th

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