Junior Hurricanes Men’s Hockey: Hurricanes fall to Vipers in a shootout
February 22, 2013
For the first time since joining the Island Junior Hockey League, the Holland College Junior Hurricanes went to overtime and a shootout.
However, they fell 3-2 (2-0 in the shootout) to the Kensington Moase Plumbing and Heating Vipers at the Kensington Community Gardens on Wednesday night.
The Vipers opened the scoring early in the first period, as Tanner MacGuigan picked up a rebound off a Ryan Kelly shot and found Spencer Montgomery open in front of the net, and he made no mistake for his 22nd goal of the season just 1:36 in.
However, the Hurricanes responded less than four minutes later, and it was a pair of veterans coming up big. Matt Patterson chased down a Kensington defenceman to get the puck to Anthony Cummiskey, who skated out to the slot and fired a wrist shot over Kensington goaltender Grant Grady’s blocker for his sixth of the season to make it 1-1.
Midway through the first, MacGuigan again provided the setup, finding Kyle Doucette with a long stretch pass. Doucette broke in alone and made no mistake, beating Hurricanes goaltender Dylan McQuaid for his ninth of the season to give Kensington a 2-1 lead they would take to the first intermission.
In the second period, the Vipers got into some penalty trouble, giving the Hurricanes six minutes of powerplay time. However, Holland College was unable to convert, and the score remained 2-1 after 40 minutes.
Holland College finally found the equalizer midway through the third period as, with Drew Coulson in the penalty box, some strong work by Patterson and Cummiskey in front of the net allowed Eric Locke to score his fourth of the season on the powerplay to make it 2-2.
Kensington got into penalty trouble immediately afterward, taking a penalty on the goal and another four seconds later. However, the Hurricanes could not convert over the 1:56 where they had a 5-on-3, and penalty trouble late in the third sent the game to overtime.
The extra session solved nothing, and it was off to a shootout, where MacGuigan and Mitch Gallant scored for Kensington, while Blake Ozon and Locke were both stopped by Grady to give the Vipers the win.
McQuaid was outstanding in the Holland College net, making 54 saves while Grady turned aside 34 shots for the Vipers.
The result gave Holland College its first point in five games against the defending IJHL champions this season.
Holland College will travel to Kensington once again for its regular season finale on Sunday at 7 p.m., their final game before a first-round playoff matchup with the Montague Maniacs begins on Feb. 22.