Junior Hurricanes Men’s Hockey: Looking to Upset Vipers
February 15, 2013
The Holland College Junior Hurricanes will cap off its regular season on Sunday when they travel to Kensington once again to face the defending IJHL champion Vipers.
Holland College fell 3-2 in a shootout to Kensington on Wednesday night in Kensington, though they did get a point out of it.
Despite coming out on the losing end, Hurricanes head coach Ryan Maxwell liked what he saw.
“We were disciplined, moved the puck quickly and made some good decisions with the puck,” he said.
“We can now say as a program we’ve earned a point against every team in the league. Beating every other team at least twice in our inaugural season is big for the program and I think over the course of the season we’ve earned their respect.”
Hurricanes captain Patrick Lefrank agreed.
“Going into a shootout against Kensington not only shows us and the league that we can compete with the best but also have a chance to beat the best,” he said.
It’s important to establish a playoff mentality on the team going forward, Lefrank said.
“Playing against a high calibre team like Kensington, we can expect play from Montague with the same intensity so when it comes to game day we know what to look forward to.”
A total team effort will be required if Holland College wants to beat Kensington on Sunday, Maxwell said.
“We need to win battles along the wall, chip pucks in behind their D and have a net front presence. We will also need to play disciplined and make sure we keep it simple in the defensive zone.”
The Hurricanes can’t afford to allow extra opportunities, Maxwell said.
“A skilled team like Kensington will bury you if you don’t pay attention to detail.”
After Sunday, Holland College will play the Montague Maniacs in the first round of the IJHL playoffs beginning Feb. 22.
The team has accomplished a lot this season, Maxwell said.
“To battle back after an 0-8 start says a lot about our character. We have a great group of guys in the room and that’s important when you’re trying to build an identity and a program.”