By Ian Beauchesne
Feb. 25, 2015
The Holland Hurricanes clinched home ice in the first round of the Island Junior Hockey League Playoffs and will host the Western Red Wings.
The Hurricanes won the season series over the Wings five games to three, outscoring the Wings 28-26.
Ryan Maxwell, head coach of the Canes, said depth is a big component of this playoff matchup.
“Both teams have no problem putting the puck in the back of the net, it will just be a question of who can it out of their net the most.”
The Wings are led by their captain and leading point-getter Logan Smallman. Smallman potted 22 goals and added 31 assists for 51 points good enough for second in the league in 32 games this season.
Canes defencemen Nick MacPhail knows stopping Smallman is tough, but they can’t get locked in on him.
“Logan plays an all-around great game, he is always giving it his best when he is on the ice. However we can’t just focus on him, the rest of the team is also very talented and can hurt us just as much as he can.”
The Wings have struggled this year against the Canes and their power play.
Canes forward Alex Seyforth said the team has done well on the power play this year and it will need to continue for success during the playoffs.
“We have shown teams this year, if they want to take penalties and put us a man up, we will make the mistake hurt on the scoreboard.”
The Canes scored three power play goals en route to the 5-2 victory Feb. 12 at the Pownal Sports Centre.
Maxwell said the teams power play will once again be a big factor for his team.
“We have had success on the power play this year altogether and especially against Western. Hopefully that pattern continues which can lead to a couple victories for us and we can make a run through these playoffs.”
The Hurricanes do not have an official date for their first playoff game against Western.
The schedule will be released upon the conclusion of the Sherwood and Montague first round series.