The Holland Hurricanes women’s hockey team fell to the Cape Breton University (CBU) Capers in the final of the Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Championship on Sunday at the Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre, in Montague, PEI, by a score of 3-1.
Capers goals at 3:32 and 6:29 of the first period by first-team ACHA All-Star, Leah Byrne, gave CBU the two-goal cushion in the first period, taking out the energy from the capacity crowd on-hand to support the Hurricanes.
Another goal at 1:43 of the second period completed the hat-trick for Byrne, extending the lead to 3-0 for CBU.
The Hurricanes attempted to kickstart a comeback when Jacy McMillan, also an ACHA first-team All-Star, scored a highlight reel goal with 4:12 remaining in the second period to cut the CBU lead to 3-1; Jenna White and Sarah Collins were credited with assists.
There was no scoring in the third period.
The championship is the first for CBU in the ACHA since their last banner in 2013.
Grace Munro was named the Player of the Game for CBU, stopping 31-of-32 shots on goal. Alexandra Deschenes was recognized for the Hurricanes.
CBU was outshot in the win, 32-21. Lindsey Minard, an ACHA second-team All-Star, suffered the loss in goal for the Hurricanes.
Neither team was successful on the power play in the game, each going 0-for-1.
The Capers qualified for the championship game after a 4-3 victory over the top-seeded Acadia University Axewomen on Saturday afternoon. Acadia also fell to the Hurricanes on Friday night in overtime, 4-3; with two losses in the round-robin the Axewomen were eliminated from the event.
In Friday’s overtime win versus Acadia, Holland College got on the board 2:51 into the game when ACHA first-team All-Star, Claire Renken found the back of the net. Acadia rebounded however with goals at 11:25 (Atkinson) and 13:48 (Norris) giving them the 2-1 lead after the first period.
An Abby Legere goal at 3:50 of the second period would give the Axewomen the commanding 3-1 lead through two periods.
Trailing by two-goals midway through the third period, Jacy McMillan cut the lead to one when she scored with 9:38 remaining in the game for the Hurricanes; Bethany MacDougall would tie the game just 32-seconds later to knot things at 3-3.
After five minutes of four-on-four overtime, the two teams prepared for five more minutes of overtime hockey, this time three-on-three.
After a rush to the net by Renken off of the opening faceoff, Deschenes would ultimately end the game with a shot from the point that found its way past goaltender Brittany Longley just 16-seconds into the frame.
Jacy McMillan was named the ‘Canes Player of the Game.
The Hurricanes outshot the Axewomen, 44-30 in the win; Minard was the winning goaltender for the ‘Canes while Longley suffered the loss for Acadia.
After Saturday afternoons CBU victory over Acadia, the final was set and the Capers/Hurricanes game on Saturday night was just a formality before Sunday’s important championship game.
The ‘Canes would ultimately walk away with the convincing 5-1 win.
First period goals from McMillan (0:56) and Heidi Colp (9:07) gave the Hurricanes a 2-0 lead. Renken extended that lead 14:23 into the second before the Capers bounced back with a goal by Karli MacNeil with just 11 seconds remaining in the period.
Two third period goals by ACHA second-team All-Star, Paige Deighan (4:22 and 7:00), secured the 5-1 victory for the ‘Canes the night prior to the championship.
Minard stopped 15-of-16 shots faced for the ‘Canes while Munro allowed five against on 33 shots for CBU.
When the championship concluded, Leah Byrne of the Capers would lead the championship with eight points in three games, comprised of four goals and four assists.
Top scorers for the Hurricanes were Claire Renken (two goals, two assists) and Jenna White (four assists), each with four points in the championship. Allie Norris and Abby Legere were the top offensive contributors for the Axewomen, each with two goals and an assist in two games played.
The Capers entered the championship as the third seed after a 2-5-1 regular season while the Hurricanes sat as the number two seed with a 2-3-3 record. The Axewomen were the top-seeded team after a 5-1-2 regular season.
For more information on the 2020 ACHA Championships, visit www.atlanticcollegiatehockey.ca.
For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Monday, March 09, 2020