It was one of the busiest weekends of the year for the Hurricanes with a full slate of games and competitions spread around the region. Here is a full recap of the weekend action to keep you up to speed.
The football Hurricanes finally hosted their 2022 home opener at the Terry Fox Sports Complex in Cornwall on Saturday evening. Originally scheduled for September 24, the game was cancelled due to Hurricane Fiona.
The ‘Canes welcomed the University of New Brunswick Saint John (UNBSJ) Seawolves to The Island on Saturday for a week five matchup. This was the second meeting with the Seawolves this season; they were victorious in week one in Saint John, 30-3.
The ‘Canes offense was affective immediately, scoring inside the first five-minutes. They added another touchdown and field goal before the end of the first quarter to jump ahead to an early 17-0 lead.
Another touchdown to open up the second quarter put the ‘Canes up 24-0; they would eventually pull ahead to a 38-0 lead at halftime.
Another touchdown to start the second half gave the ‘Canes a 44-0 lead before giving up two touchdowns later in the second half.
The Hurricanes went on to eventually pick up the 45-14 victory, improving their record to 2-3, while UNBSJ falls to 0-5 with the loss.
The Hurricanes will now look ahead to week six, their final Atlantic Football League (AFL) regular season game, on October 22 versus the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Reds (4-1) at 6pm in Cornwall, PEI.
In a previous meeting, the Hurricanes fell to UNB in a tightly contested game in Fredericton on October 1, 12-9.
It was a busy weekend at the Terry Fox Sports Complex in Cornwall for the soccer Hurricanes, hosting back-to-back days of home games versus Halifax rivals, the University of King’s College (UKC) Blue Devils and Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Mystics.
On Saturday, the women’s ‘Canes earned the victory over UKC by a score of 2-1.
An early goal from Emily Lepine in the 13’ put the ‘Canes ahead, with Reese Kelly doubling the lead in the 63’. The Blue Devils cut the Hurricanes lead in half in the 87’ but it wasn’t enough as the ‘Canes earned the important 2-1 victory. Brianna Spencer earned the win in goal for the ‘Canes.
With the loss, paired with a loss on Sunday versus the St. Thomas University (STU) Tommies, the Blue Devils fall to 2-5-2 on the season and sit in sixth.
Moving ahead to Sunday, the ‘Canes hosted the top-ranked MSVU Mystics for an afternoon contest in Cornwall.
Both teams battled for position for 90 minutes but neither was able to find the back of the net; the match ended in a scoreless draw.
With the tie, MSVU sits at 7-0-3 and in first place in the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) standings, one-point up on the second place, UNBSJ Seawolves. The Hurricanes move to 5-2-3 and sit in third in the conference, five-points back of UNBSJ, and three-points up on the fourth-place, STU Tommies.
The ‘Canes will turn their attention to the final two regular season games this weekend, first hosting the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus (Dal AC) Rams (0-10-0, seventh) before visiting the Crandall University Chargers (4-7-0, fifth) on Sunday in Moncton.
The women’s soccer ‘Canes, who have now qualified for the ACAA Championships, will be looking to finish strong as they jostle for position in the standings. The 2022 conference championships, featuring the top-four teams in the standings at the end of the regular season, will take place on October 28-30 in Fredericton, hosted by the STU Tommies.
Like the women’s soccer ‘Canes, the men’s Hurricanes also hosted the Blue Devils and Mystics at the Terry Fox Sports Complex in Cornwall over the weekend.
On Saturday versus the UKC Blue Devils, the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
In a match that featured an offensive first half, UKC opened the scoring in the 12’, before Mohammad Alhaj Ali found the bottom right corner for the ‘Canes in the 23’ to tie the match. There was no scoring in the second half.
The Blue Devils, who lost to STU on Sunday, 4-0, ended the weekend at 5-2-2 and in third place in the conference standings.
On Sunday versus MSVU, the Mystics opened up a commanding 2-0 lead in the first-half after goals in the 14’ and 40’. The ‘Canes gained momentum in the second, scoring in the 60’ when Jarvis McRae found the net to cut the lead to one.
With a Mystics red-card in the 68’, the ‘Canes desperately tried to tie the game, but ultimately allowed a goal in the 90’ to fall 3-1 in the match.
Entering the final week of the regular season, there are still lots to play for as teams jostle for position in the standings entering the ACAA Championship.
The Tommies have locked up the top-spot in the standings with a 9-0-1 record, but it’s a logjam from second through fourth.
The Hurricanes, 5-2-3, hold a one-point advantage over the Blue Devils, with UKC having a game in-hand. The Mystics sit a further two-points back, in fourth.
The ‘Canes will conclude the home portion of their season on Saturday when they host the Dal AC Rams (2-6-2, sixth) in Cornwall, before visiting the Crandall Chargers (1-9-1, seventh) on Sunday in Moncton.
The women’s rugby ‘Canes hit the road on Sunday when they travelled to Fredericton to take on the top-ranked, UNB Reds, in ACAA regular season action.
The undefeated Reds went on to take the exciting match, 40-26.
Tied 7-7 through the first twenty-minutes, the Reds pulled ahead 14-12 at the half.
The match remained tight through the second half, with UNB leading by just seven with five minutes to go; they would eventually take the 14-point win.
Rachel Mackay was named the Player of the Game for the Hurricanes, who had two tries in the match; Tori Hogan also added two tries and three converts.
With the win, UNB improves to 6-0.
The ‘Canes, 2-3 on the season, have two matches remaining prior to the playoffs. They’re back in action on Tuesday at 5pm at the Co-Op Field in Charlottetown versus the STU Tommies (0-4). The Hurricanes regular season will conclude on Sunday, October 23 when they host the UKC Blue Devils (3-2) at 2pm, also in Charlottetown.
Connect with the women’s rugby ‘Canes at www.instagram.com/hollandhurricanesrugby.
Hurricanes golf returned to action over the weekend at the 2022 ACAA Championships hosted by the Dal AC Rams in Fall River, NS at the Oakfield Golf and Country Club.
The ‘Canes had seven competitors in action, with Claire Barkhouse the lone female player, while Caleb Drake, Tyler Comeau, Dan MacPhee and Barrett Baker represented the Hurricanes men’s team, and Nick Bowman competed as an individual.
Barkhouse was successful in winning the women’s championship by 19-strokes over Julia Brosebeck of UNB.
The top finishing men’s player for the ‘Canes was Drake who finished in sixth in the championship, highlighted by a 74 on Sunday in challenging conditions. Overall the ‘Canes finished second in the men’s team competition.
UNB was successful in winning the men’s championship, with Nolan Alward winning the individual men’s title.
For full results, visit www.acaa.ca.
Cross Country Running
The cross country running Hurricanes were busy on Saturday, hosting the third meet of the 2022 ACAA season at the Summerside Rotary Friendship Park.
The ‘Canes had five competing runners, highlighted by Vanessa MacDonald finishing fifth with a time of 28:10.0 on the six-kilometer layout; Mary Fillmore won the event for the Crandall Chargers (25:13.0).
Also finishing for the ‘Canes was Tiana Trowsdale (30:17.5, 10th), Tatiana Cevallos (36:08.0, 15th) and Louisa Mackula-Theriault (43:01.5, 19th).
As a team the women’s Hurricanes finished third.
The men’s Hurricanes were represented by Dalton Lecky who finished 15th with a time of 35:56.8 on the eight-kilometer track.
The ‘Canes will conclude the 2022 season at the ACAA Championships in Moncton on October 29, hosted by the Crandall University Chargers.
It was an eventful weekend for the ‘Canes in Wolfvile, NS at the 2022 Atlantic Collegiate Baseball Association (ACBA) Championship, hosted by Acadia University.
Entering the championship as the number one seed after a 13-3 regular season, the ‘Canes opened up the championship with a 7-3 win over the hosts from Acadia in round-robin game one on Friday.
A 2-1 extra innings loss on Saturday morning versus UNB was followed by a 10-6 win over SMU on Saturday evening, punching their ticket to the ACBA Championship Game on Sunday morning.
With rain falling through the night and Sunday morning, a damp championship venue caused the start of the final to be pushed back several times, eventually leading to an announcement by the ACBA that the game would not be played, and the league championship would be awarded to UNB, who finished the playoff round-robin with a 3-0 record compared to the ‘Canes 2-1.
The baseball Hurricanes posted the following statement on their social media, with further action possible from the Holland College Athletics and Recreation Department.
“Hurricanes baseball is extremely disappointed with this outcome. Our team explored every possibility to play the final to crown a league champion by either a final out or walk off play, as players deserve. At a league level, the Hurricanes will immediately be calling for amendments to the championship structure to avoid a similar outcome for all future participants.”
For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Monday, October 17, 2022