Second period costs Hurricanes in road loss to Falcons
January 9, 2014
The Sherwood Falcons scored five unanswered goals during the second period Wednesday night at the Cody Banks Arena on their way to defeating the Holland College Hurricanes in Island Junior Hockey League play.
Aaron Arsenault got the start in goal for the Hurricanes while Daniel Nicholson started for the Falcons. On Tuesday the Hurricanes traded overage captain Blake Ozon to the Western Red Wings in exchange for a sixth round draft pick and a player to be named later. The Hurricanes went on to name second year forward from Cornwall, PEI Jonny Richards the new team captain. Richards is the fifth team captain in franchise history.
The Hurricanes opened the games scoring at 5:55 of the first period when Richards found the back of the net after receiving a pass from Nick MacDonald.
The Falcons would respond at 13:22 when Donald Duffy would be left alone in front and bang home the tying goal.
Before the period would end the Hurricanes would regain the lead when Nick MacDonald would score on the power play at 15:12 to put the Hurricanes up 2-1 heading into the first intermission. The goal was MacDonald’s seventh on the season.
The second period turned out to be a period to forget for the Hurricanes after the Falcons scored goals at 3:17, 5:47, 7:53, 13:01 and 19:48 to widen their lead to 6-2 through fourty minutes of play.
Matt Derry relieved Aaron Arsenault in goal to begin the third period which turned out to be a better period for the Hurricanes.
At 4:40 Adam Gardner scored his fourth of the season to cut the lead to 6-3 off of a won battle below the goal line.
The Hurricanes continued to press as the intensity of the game picked up. Jonny Richards went on to score his second of the night at 11:40 on a wraparound to cut the lead to 6-4. With the Falcons reeling they called a timeout to regroup.
The remainder of the period would tick down and the Falcons would score an empty net goal in the dying seconds to secure the 7-4 victory.
The Hurricanes drop to 4-13-2 on the season while the Falcons improve to 8-9-4.
The ‘Canes are in action again on Friday when they visit the Montague Maniacs at the Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre at 7:30 pm and again on Saturday when they are home at the Simmons Sport Centre for a game versus the Kensington Vipers at 8:15 pm.
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