Men’s Hockey Hurricanes open up regular season by splitting weekend games
October 7, 2013
Friday – Hurricanes 5 @ Montague Maniacs 1
The Holland Hurricanes men’s hockey team likely couldn’t have scripted a better start to their Island Junior Hockey League season.
Patrick Cummiskey scored twice, while Dalton MacDonald had three assists to lead the Hurricanes to a convincing 5-1 win over the Montague Maniacs at the Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre in Montague on Friday night.
Matt Derry was sensational in net, turning aside 47 of 48 shots in his first IJHL game.
Alex Seyforth got the Hurricanes on the board just over five minutes into the first period, the reward of some hard work from him and MacDonald around the net.
Cummiskey made it 2-0 a few minutes later on the powerplay, taking a beautiful cross-crease pass from Andrew Skinner and putting it off the post.
The Maniacs (1-1-0) cut the lead to 2-1 early in the second period, as defenceman Brandon Gaudet went high blocker on Derry with a wrist shot on the powerplay.
However, returning players John Grimmer and Blake Ozon scored just over two minutes apart late in the second to put the Hurricanes up 4-1 after 40 minutes.
Cummiskey then finished things off by picking a corner on Maniacs goaltender Daniel Nicholson, who was pulled in favour of Geoff Gaudet immediately after.
Defensively, the Hurricanes were able to neutralize Montague’s big guns in Matt Myers, Matt Higgins, Damon MacDonald and Curtis MacGregor, not allowing them much time to capitalize on scoring opportunities.
The Maniacs had chances to get back into the game, but Derry stood tall, answering the bell at every opportunity with big saves to preserve the Hurricanes’ lead.
Cummiskey, MacDonald, and Derry were all members of the Pownal Red Devils midget AAA team that won the Minor Midget Atlantics last season, as was Curtis Martell, who was acquired from the Maniacs in a trade along with MacDonald earlier this week.
Shots were 48-31 in favour of the Maniacs, but the Hurricanes were able to capitalize on their chances more frequently.
The game was everything expected from a tilt between the Hurricanes and Maniacs, who became immediate rivals last season as the Maniacs returned to the IJHL at the same time the Hurricanes joined the league.
Saturday – Hurricanes 1 vs. Western Red Wings 2
Matt Kelly had a goal and an assist as the Arsenault’s Fish Mart Red Wings squeaked by the Holland Hurricanes 2-1 in the Hurricanes’ home opener at Simmons Sports Centre on Saturday.
The game was a back and forth affair throughout, with opportunities at both ends of the ice.
Special teams wound up making the difference, as all three goals were scored on the powerplay.
Adam Gardner struck first for the Hurricanes late in the opening period, finding the puck in a scramble around the net and jamming it by Red Wings goaltender Chris Gallant to make it 1-0 Hurricanes.
The Red Wings responded just over a minute later on the powerplay, as the puck made its way out to the point to Nathan Ellis. Ellis wound up and fired a slapshot over the shoulder of Hurricanes goaltender Matt Derry to make it 1-1 after 20 minutes.
The game remained 1-1 through 40 minutes, though the Hurricanes were unable to capitalize on their powerplay opportunities, including a lengthy 5-on-3.
The Red Wings took the lead for good midway through the third, as Kelly was able to find the puck and tuck it by Derry for the game-winner.
Jonny Richards and Blake Ozon had assists for the Hurricanes, while the Red Wings got helpers from Kelly, Jeremy Balderston, Willie Gaudet, and Benji Gaudet.
Derry, who was named Hurricanes Hockey player of the week on Monday, made 30 saves for the Hurricanes, including a few sensational stops late in the third to keep his team in the game.
“I was extremely excited to be getting the starts this weekend and getting my junior career underway. I was both nervous and excited going into the games but once I got my first shot I felt great. It seemed like I was picking up right where I left off last year. I’m really looking forward to this season”, stated Derry.
Meanwhile, Gallant made 34 saves for the Red Wings to preserve the victory.
While powerplay goals have hurt the Hurricanes, they have yet to allow an even strength goal through their first two games.
The Hurricanes’ next game is Saturday, Oct. 12 at 8:15 p.m. against the Sherwood A&S Scrap Metal Falcons at Simmons Sports Centre.
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