Men’s Hockey ‘Canes drop pair of close games over weekend
December 2, 2013
The Holland Hurricanes played two IJHL regular season games over the weekend, beginning with a matchup against the Montague Maniacs at the Simmons Sport Centre in Charlottetown. The Maniacs sat in second place in the league standings heading into the matchup.
Matt Derry got the start in goal for the Hurricanes while Daniel Nicholson was between the pipes for the Maniacs.
The Maniacs would open the scoring at 8:51 when Cole MacLeod scored an unassisted goal but the Hurricanes would respond before the period would end. At 13:58 Cody White banged home a puck sitting in the crease to tie the game; the goal was White’s first career IJHL goal. Dalton MacDonald and Patrick Cummiskey were credited with the assists.
The Hurricanes would take the lead when newcomer JP Provencher scored off a shot to the right of Nicholson at 1:30 of the second period. Provencher, along with Dan Gallant, were making their Hurricanes debuts after being traded to the team from the Western Red Wings last Monday.
At 14:29 of the period the Maniacs Cole MacLeod would score his second of the game while on the power play to tie the game at 2-2. Before the period would end the Maniacs would extend their lead with MacLeods third of the game at 17:59 and at 18:28 when Matt Myers found the back of the net. The Maniacs outshot the Hurricanes 22-7 on the period and entered the third period with a 4-2 lead.
With 12 seconds remaining in the second period the Maniacs would get into penalty trouble, sending the Hurricanes to a five-minute power play at the start of the third. The advantage would be a wasted one but the Hurricanes would find the back of the net at 16:50 when Will Connolly fired a shot to the bottom corner of the net to pull the game to within-one; this would be as close as the Hurricanes would get however.
With the Maniacs 4-3 victory they improved to 11-4-1 on the season. Montague outshot the Hurricanes 34-27 in the game. Will Connolly was named the Subway Hurricanes Player of the Game.
On Sunday the Hurricanes would travel to Evangeline to take on the Western Red Wings in a battle for fourth place. This would be the second time these two teams have played in the past eight days and the second game in a stretch that will see the teams meet four times in five games.
Former Hurricanes player Curtis Martell would kick off the scoring just 2:49 into the game on the power play to give them the 1-0 lead until the Hurricanes Patrick Cummiskey would tie the game at 4:36; Andrew Skinner was credited with the assist.
The two teams would exchange goals before the end of the first period, first with Willie Gaudet at 10:15 for the Red Wings and at 15:17 for the Hurricanes when Adam Gardner would fire a slap shot past goaltender Chris Gallant. The teams entered the first intermission tied 2-2.
The second period would continue with much of the same when the Hurricanes Nick MacDonald would give his team their first lead of the game when he scored at 2:41 on the power play; Ryan Trowsdale and Jonny Richards were credited with the assists on the goal.
The back-and-forth game would continue when the Red Wings Matt Kelly would find the back of the net on the power play at 8:10 and again at even-strength at 10:28 when Tyson Phillips would score. Before the period would end Jordan Gallant would score his first for the Hurricanes at 17:56 on the power play to bring the game back to a tie, now 4-4 through two periods.
The third period would see great opportunities at both ends of the ice with both goaltenders playing exceptionally well. At 18:36 the Red Wings Fidan Feta would score when he tucked the puck into the net down low to give the Red Wings the 5-4 lead; they would also add an empty netter and take the game by a final score of 6-4.
The Red Wings outshot the Hurricanes 44-38 in the game.
With the loss the Hurricanes now sit at 3-11-2 on the season and three points behind the Western Red Wings who sit in fourth place in the standings.
These two teams will meet again next Saturday night in Evangeline at 7 pm. The Hurricanes next, and final home game before the holiday break, is on Saturday, January 14th at 8:15 pm at the Simmons Sport Centre, where they will meet the very same Western Red Wings.
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