FREDERICTON – It was two road victories that could prove to be exactly what the Holland Hurricanes needed in order to enter the playoffs as the No. 1 seed.
A 3-0 win on Saturday, followed by a 4-1 victory on Sunday for Holland College over UNB, gave the Hurricanes a 10-4-0 (won-lost-tied) record, good for a six-point lead in the Eastern Canadian Women’s Hockey League standings as the regular season is winding down. Second-place UNB fell to 7-5-0.
The Hurricanes will play their final regular-season games on March 2 and 3 in Wolfville, N.S., against the Acadia Axewomen.
The ‘Canes will host the 2018 Atlantic Collegiate women’s hockey championship at the Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre in Montague from March 23 to 25.
Hurricanes 3 UNB 0
Saturday, the Hurricanes jumped out front with a first-period goal from Samantha Woodworth, followed by a second-period marker from Nicolle Derry for a 2-0 lead.
Two minutes into the third period, Taylor Joyce fired a shot home to give the ‘Canes a three-goal cushion.
Mackenzie Koughan earned her fourth shutout of the season while improving to 7-2-0.
Hurricanes 4 UNB 1
Sunday, the teams would skate to a scoreless first period, with UNB taking the first lead of the game in the second period.
Shortly after that, though, Katelyn Dunn would win a battle in front of the UNB net, and score the Hurricanes’ first goal to even the score 1-1.
The Hurricanes received two goals in 30 seconds from Dunn and Woodworth late in the second period to begin taking control.
In the third period, Joyce would score the game’s final goal to give the Hurricanes a 4-1 victory.
Kara Mason (3-2-0) earned the victory in goal.