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2020 ACHA Championship preview

The 2020 Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) season will conclude this weekend in Montague, Prince Edward Island at the Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre when the league crowns its 2020 champion.  Competing teams include the top-ranked, Acadia University Axewomen (Wolfville, NS), the Cape Breton University (CBU) Capers (Sydney, NS) and the host, Holland College Hurricanes.

During the regular season the Axewomen finished as the top-seed with a 5-1-2 record, while the Hurricanes finished five points back at 2-3-3, and the Capers a further two points back at 2-5-1.

Round-robin action will begin on Friday evening when the Hurricanes host the Axewomen at 8:15pm.

During the regular season, the Axewomen defeated the Hurricanes twice on PEI in November, while the two teams settled for two ties last weekend in Wolfville, NS.

Acadia will conclude their round-robin play on Saturday morning at 10:20am when they face the Capers.

In four meetings with the Capers during the regular season, Acadia earned three victories while CBU handed the Axewomen their only loss of the season on February 8 in Sydney, NS by a score of 5-3.

The round robin will come to an end on Saturday night at 7:55pm when the Hurricanes and Capers square off.

These two teams battled back and forth all season for the second seed with the Hurricanes winning two of their four meetings; the other two games included a CBU victory and a tie.

The top two teams from the round robin will advance to Sunday’s ACHA championship game at 2:20pm.

The championship was not contested in 2019, with the University of New Brunswick (UNB) winning the trophy in 2018 prior to moving to the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) within U SPORTS.

The Hurricanes last won the trophy in 2016 with Acadia having last won it the year prior, in 2015; CBU won their last Atlantic championship in 2013. 

Prior to each team opening game of the championship, the ACHA will recognize their 2020 first and second team, league all-stars.

During the regular season, Melissa Atkinson (Acadia) led the way offensively with 11 points, scoring seven goals and adding four assists.  Leah Byrne (CBU) finished second with nine points (8 goals, 1 assist), while Claire Renken (Holland) finished third with eight points thanks to her five goals and three assists.

The championship live stream is presented by Bell Aliant and powered by 3 Sixty Live; all four games can be viewed at www.atlanticcollegiatehockey.ca.  This link can also be used for updated schedules, stats and championship standings.  Sunday’s championship game will also be broadcasted live on channel 1 and 401 for Bell Aliant Fibe TV customers across Atlantic Canada.

For live updates from all tournament games, visit www.twitter.com/AtlanticHKY.

For more information on the Holland Hurricanes, please visit www.hollandhurricanes.com, www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes, www.twitter.com/hc_hurricanes and www.instagram.com/hollandhurricanes.

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For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Thursday, March 05, 2020