Men’s Hockey Hurricanes end 2013 in win column
December 16, 2013
The Holland Hurricanes men’s hockey team entered Saturday night’s game versus the Western Red Wings at the Simmons Sport Centre struggling through a ten game losing streak; the longest since the team’s inaugural season in 2010-2011 when they suffered eleven straight losses from December 5th through January 22nd.
Saturday night’s game marked the final home game of 2013 for the Hurricanes who was taking on the Western Red Wings for the fourth time in five games. Aaron Arsenault started in goal for the Hurricanes while Spencer Rennie was in goal for the Red Wings.
The Hurricanes would take the lead early after goals from Adam Gardner at 5:03 (assists to Alex Seyforth and Will Connolly) and the returning Mason Baker at 6:51; Baker has missed the last month of action with an injury. Assists on Baker’s goal went to Jonny Richards and Blake Ozon.
The Red Wings would strike back at 9:30 on the power play when their leading scorer Jeremy Balderston would score with assists going to Willie and Benji Gaudet.
The Hurricanes continued to press however, as Patrick Cummiskey scored at 18:01 after a passing play from Andrew Skinner and Jordan Gallant to put the ‘Canes up 3-1 heading into the locker room for the first intermission.
To start the second period the Hurricanes would widen their lead when Andrew Skinner scored 5:18 in to put the Hurricanes up 4-1. Patrick Cummiskey and Jordan Gallant were credited with assists.
The Red Wings offense continued to come from one man, Jeremy Balderston adding his second of the game at 9:01 closing the game to 4-2 but before the period would end, John Grimmer would bang home his fourth of the year at 16:10 to give the Hurricanes the 5-2 lead heading into the final period of play. Adam Gardner and Logan MacKinnon had the assists on the goal.
In the third period, things got interesting. The Hurricanes increased their lead to 6-2 just twenty-one seconds in when Logan MacKinnon scored his first of the season with assists coming from Jonny Richards and Nick MacDonald.
Less than two minutes later the Red Wings Jeremy Balderston completed the hat-trick, making it 6-3 ‘Canes.
The Hurricanes would bounce right back at 4:27 when Andrew Skinner scored his second of the game, making it 7-3 Hurricanes; Logan MacKinnon and Patrick Cummiskey had assists on the goal.
The offensive outburst continued twenty seconds later when Willie Gaudet made it 7-4 Hurricanes. Four minutes later Matt Kelly would fire a shot from the point on the power play to make it 7-5.
The Wings continued to mount a comeback when Colton Gallant scored at 17:14 of the period to make it 7-6; Cleve McNeill and Logan Arsenault were credited with assists.
The Red Wings would call timeout and pull the goaltender but they were unable to complete the comeback, dropping the game to the Hurricanes 7-6. The Hurricanes outshot the Red Wings 33-30 in the game
The Hurricanes improve to 4-12-2 on the season with the win while the Red Wings now sit at 7-9-1. The Kensington Vipers lead the league standings with a 15-3 record.
The Holland College team is now on their Christmas break and will return to the ice on Wednesday, January 8th when they visit the Sherwood Falcons at 8pm. The team returns home to the Simmons Sport Centre on Saturday, January 11th when they host the Kensington Vipers.
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