Junior Hurricanes Men’s Hockey: Playoffs are Here
February 25, 2013
The men’s hockey Hurricanes will open up the first round of the IJHL playoffs on the road on Friday night, as they will travel to Cavendish Farms Arena in Montague to play the Montague Total Assets Fitness Maniacs in Game 1 of their best-of-5 series at 8 p.m.
Holland College will then host Game 2 against Montague at 4:20 p.m. on Saturday at the Charlottetown Civic Centre.
Friday’s game will be the first time Matt Patterson and Stewart Branstrom will face their former teams, as Holland College acquired Patterson from Montague in January in exchange for Branstrom and a third-round pick in the upcoming IJHL Entry Draft.
Patterson is one of three overage players on the Hurricanes, along with forwards Anthony Cummiskey and Hurricanes captain Patrick Lefrank, who is confident about the team’s chances against Montague.
“The last few games we have played against each other have been big wins after losing to them at the start of the year,” he said.
“It’s a team effort and it will take all four lines, all six defencemen and both of our goalies to win against a strong team like Montague.”
Holland College and Montague split their season series at three games apiece, with the Maniacs winning the first three and the Hurricanes taking the last three.
However, the Hurricanes come into the playoffs having only won twice since the New Year, and they’re currently on a four-game losing streak, though they had a tough schedule as three of those four losses came against the Kensington Vipers.
Despite the ups and downs throughout the season, Hurricanes head coach Ryan Maxwell likes what he sees out of his team.
“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,” he said.
“I feel if we play a certain style of hockey, we can compete with any team in the league. We split the season against Montague, them winning the first three games and us winning the final three. We had some spirited matches, so I expect it to be a good series.”