WHKY | Hurricanes ready to host Axewomen for weekend double-header
January 11, 2018
It’s a big weekend for the Holland Hurricanes women’s hockey team as they host the Acadia Axewomen for a pair of games on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s game takes place at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown at 7:30pm while Sunday’s game starts at 9:30am at the Credit Union Place in Summerside.
The ‘Canes enter the weekend in second place in the Atlantic standings with a record of 5-3-0 this season while Acadia sits in third. UNB leads the league, just two points ahead of the ‘Canes at 6-2-0.
“After building some momentum at the end of 2017 we are ready to get back into action against Acadia this weekend,” said head coach Ryan Maxwell. “There is always a bit of rust with an extended layoff and I expect a couple of hard fought games. It will be integral for us to be first to the puck, win the battles and keep it simple”, he shared.
In four games versus the Axewomen this season the ‘Canes have picked up wins of 5-0, 6-0 and 4-2 after losing the season opening matchup 2-1 in Wolfville, NS.
Hurricanes second year forward Sam Higgins leads the league scoring race with 10 points (six goals, four assists) in seven games this season and credits hard work and her teammates for her offensive success.
“I like to bring my best work ethic to every game and leave everything on the ice. It’s been a team effort but I’m happy to have had a great first half and I’m hoping to continue it for the rest of the season.”
“As a team we’ve had a strong start to the season thus far and the team is looking to continue this success,” shared Higgins. “We’re familiar with Acadia having played them four times this year so we know what we’re up against. If we do all the little things right it should be a successful weekend for us.”
Mackenzie Koughan, a second year ‘Canes goaltender, is ready to return to the ice after the holiday break. Mackenzie has a goals-against-average of 1.50 in four games this season with two shutouts and a record of 3-1-0.
“We’ve played well against Acadia this season. We are excited to get back after the break and we know how we need to perform this weekend. Our goal is to get the second half of the season started well by playing two solid games on Saturday and Sunday.”
Megan Titcomb has been the top goaltender for Acadia this season, registering a goals-against-average of 1.33 in three starts with a record of 1-2-0. Offensively Maddie Bourque, Madison Firth, Keisha Kane, Hilary Dort and Melissa Atkinson are all tied for the team lead in scoring for the Axewomen.
The ‘Canes will play their final regular season home games of the season on January 20 and 21 versus UNB before hosting the Atlantic Collegiate Women’s Hockey Championship on March 23-25 at the Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre in Montague.
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