Published on December 06, 2015
Jennie Underwood, goalie for the Holland College Hurricanes makes a stick save on a shot by the Acadia Axewomen during ECWHL action at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown Sunday.
Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
Hurricane scores four times in win over ECWHL defending champ
Four goals by Alison Squires and a tenacious streak led the Holland College Hurricanes to an 8-4 win over the Acadia Axewomen on Sunday in Charlottetown.
The 'Canes also beat Acadia on Saturday 5-0 and, at 4-0, moved into first place in the Eastern Canadian Women's Hockey League as the squad hit the Christmas break.
As for Squires, she took very little of the credit for a career game. The Charlottetown native also chipped in an assist for a five-point game.
"It wasn't really all me. It was my line mates," said Squires, who leads the league with five goals. "It's a new line and (we have) a good chemistry."
Acadia's Chelsey Wilkins nabbed the first goal 38 seconds into the first period in bouncing puck that got past 'Canes netminder Jennie Underwood.
That's where the tenacity kicked in as Brailyne Jenkins replied five minutes later on a top-corner beauty past Acadia goalie Maria Gaudet and the game went into the break 1-1.
In the second, Acadia went ahead twice on goals by Adele Monsour and Molly O'Grady, but twice Squires replied to tie the game.
Then Shelby Power gave the 'Canes a 4-3 lead and Samantha Woodworth (1-3), on a nice feed from Squires, netted the fifth Holland College goal and a lead it wouldn't surrender.
In the final frame, Squires' two goals sandwiched a score from Megan Proctor and kept the 'Canes undefeated this season.
It's a position Holland College hasn't seen in its two previous seasons in the ECWHL. It's won three regular season games in that span and Squires said more talent means a better team. Thirty-eight players tried out for 22 roster spots this year.
"It's a huge advance."
Alex Johnson slipped in a late third-period marker for the defending ECWHL champ which fell to 3-2-1.
The league now breaks for Christmas until Jan. 16-17 when the 'Canes face Acadia again in Nova Scotia. But Squires isn't too worried the long break might stifle the team's mojo.
"We have lots of off-ice training, three times a week, and exhibition games (lined up) so we should be good," she said. "And we have Acadia after the break so that should keep us going."
Holland College's Riley Koughan tallied five assists, while Hayley Foote and Ashley Lunn each chipped in two assists.
Stratford native Hailee Coll had two assists for Acadia.
A look at the Eastern Canadian Women's Hockey League game Sunday in Charlottetown:
The Outcome - Holland College 8 Acadia 4
The Goalscorers - Acadia: Chelsey Wilkins (3), Adele Monsour (3), Molly O'Grady (2), Alex Johnson (1); Holland College: Alison Squires 4 (5), Shelby Power (1), Samantha Woodworth (1), Brailyne Jenkins (2), Megan Proctor (1).
The Assists - Acadia: Hailee Coll 2 (3), Alex Johnson (3), Molly O'Grady (3), Adrienne Bekkers (2), Kaitlyn Higgins (3), Ally Manette (2); Holland College: Riley Koughan 5 (6), Samantha Woodworth 3 (4), Hayley Foote 2 (2), Ashley Lunn 2 (5), Katie-Lynn Cummiskey (2), Jackie Fulton (1), Kailey Koughan (1).
The Goalies - Acadia: Maria Gaudet, 26-of-34, loss (3-2-1); Holland College: Jennie Underwood, 12-of-16, win (2-0).
Next Up - Holland College (4-0) faces Acadia Jan. 16-17 in Nova Scotia.
By The Numbers
Shots By Period - Acadia: 6-4-6, 16; Holland College: 9-15-10, 34.
Penalty Minutes - Acadia: 6; Holland College: 4.
Power Play - Acadia: 1-for-2; 50 per cent: Holland College: 1-for-3, 33 per cent.