The Holland Hurricanes are set to complete their 2021 Atlantic Football League (AFL) regular season on Saturday when they host the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Red Bombers at the Terry Fox Sports Complex in Cornwall, kick-off is at 7pm.
The two teams met once before this season, on September 19 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, when the Red Bombers claimed the 43-8 victory. UNB enters the weekend at 4-1 and in a tie for first place alongside the Dalhousie University Tigers.
The Hurricanes are 2-3 entering week six, coming off a 45-0 win over the University of New Brunswick Saint John (UNBSJ) Seawolves last Saturday at home; they sit in third place in the AFL standings.
“I think that our team is looking good going into UNB as we have grown a lot throughout the season,” shared Hurricanes linebacker, Tyler Newson. “To be successful against UNB we will need to limit the big plays and play as one unit.”
This game is a potential semi-final playoff matchup for next Saturday. The scenarios are as follows.
The Hurricanes will enter the playoffs as the number three seed. They will face the number two seed, which will be either the Dalhousie Tigers or UNB Red Bombers who are tied entering Saturday’s games.
If Dalhousie defeats UNBSJ on Saturday afternoon in Halifax, the Tigers clinch the number one seed. The Tigers will also clinch the number one seed if the ‘Canes defeat UNB on Saturday evening in Cornwall. In each of these cases, the ‘Canes will face the Red Bombers in the semi-finals on Saturday, October 30 in Fredericton.
If the UNBSJ Seawolves defeat the Dalhousie Tigers on Saturday, and the UNB Red Bombers defeat the Hurricanes in Cornwall, the Red Bombers will enter the playoffs as the number one seed, bumping Dalhousie to number two, and setting up a Tigers-Hurricanes semi-final matchup.
“The boys need to rally together,” expressed Isaac Smithers, defensive tackle. “We will need to give 110% and show what Hurricanes football is all about.”
We’ll be with you every step of the way as the Hurricanes approach the post-season. Be sure to follow the action live this Saturday night by viewing the broadcast at www.hollandhurricanes.com.
Fans attending the game can pay their admission fee at the main gate. The game is also Minor Football Night, where all PEI minor football players receive free admission into the game by wearing their jersey to the field.
For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021