Junior Hurricanes Men’s Hockey: Loses Last Game of Regular Season as they Gear for Playoff Run
February 19, 2013
Charlottetown, PE – This isn’t quite how the Holland College Junior Hurricanes intended to finish their first regular season in the Island Junior Hockey League.
The Kensington Moase Plumbing and Heating Vipers broke open a close game in the third period to put an exclamation point on their regular season with a 7-2 win over the Hurricanes on Sunday night.
Brett Hogan had a strong game for the Vipers, posting a hat trick and two assists while Spencer Montgomery had two goals and two assists for Kensington.
Holland College drew first blood after Eric Locke scored on the powerplay to make it 1-0 less than four minutes into the first period. The lead lasted all of 31 seconds, as Hogan beat Hurricanes goaltender Dylan McQuaid to tie the game 1-1 at 4:09.
Hogan scored again five minutes later to give Kensington a 2-1 lead, which was extended to 3-1 by a Tyler Doyle goal after another five minutes, giving the Vipers a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes.
The Hurricanes got back in the game late in the second period, as Matt Patterson cut the deficit to 3-2 with 32 seconds left in the period.
However, as has happened in previous games between these two teams, the Vipers opened the flood gates in the third with a quick-strike offence, scoring three times in a span of 1:38 midway through the third, punctuated by Hogan completing the hat trick at 7:19 of the third to make it 5-2.
Montgomery rounded out the scoring with his two goals afterward.
Brandon Barrett assisted on both goals for the Hurricanes, who finish the regular season with a record of 9-16-1. McQuaid stopped 49 of 56 shots in a losing cause, while Kensington’s Logan Reid turned aside 23 Holland College shots for the win.
Holland College will get its first taste of IJHL playoff action on Friday night, as they open their first-round playoff matchup on the road against the Montague Maniacs at the Cavendish Farms Arena in Montague.The Hurricanes and Maniacs split their season series 3-3.
The winner of the best of 5 series will advance to play the top-seeded Vipers in the second round of the playoffs, while the Sherwood Falcons and Arsenault’s Fish Mart Red Wings will battle in the other semifinal.
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