CHARLOTTETOWN – Sport P.E.I. will recognize three teams who have enjoyed outstanding success over the last 12 months, when it holds its annual awards banquet at the Rodd Royalty in Charlottetown on April 11.
Finalists for the SCORE! team-of-the-year award are Holland College men’s basketball squad, the Summerside Western Capitals’ hockey team and the Holland College women’s soccer club.
Tickets are available by contacting Nick Murray at 368-4547.
The Holland College Hurricanes were a fairytale story in 2013, winning a national silver medal following a dramatic win at the Atlantic championships.
Compiling an outstanding 18-3 (won-lost) regular-season record, the George Morrison-coached Hurricanes went in as No.1 seed, but it took an incredible finish in their semifinal against Mount Saint Vincent to secure their final berth. The Hurricanes sank two three-pointers in the dying seconds to eke out an incredible one-point win.
The gold medal, and a first-ever place at the nationals, was secured in a 70-61 win against St. Thomas in the championship game.
At the CCAA championships, the fifth-seeded Hurricanes again defied expectations, first knocking off Champlain St-Lambert and then the top-ranked Langara Falcons in the semifinals, again in another amazing one-point finish.
A seven-point defeat to Vancouver in the final could not take the gloss off what was an amazing season for the Holland College Hurricanes, national silver-medallists.
Summerside Western Capitals
A national silver medal was also the reward for an outstanding season by the Capitals, who set a franchise record of 43 wins in the Roger Meek Division, including 24 wins in their last 25 games in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League).
The Billy McGuigan-coached club confirmed their Maritime supremacy by taking the Kent Cup, dropping just one game in the playoffs, before winning a silver at the Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian championship, losing out to the host Truro team in overtime.
Summerside pride was out in force for the Caps as they hosted the national RBC Cup in May. The Caps produced a dramatic 3-2 semifinal overtime win over Surrey, before a narrow 3-1 loss to the Brooks Bandits in the championship game before 4,200 fans at Credit Union Place. Despite this, it was a fantastic effort, and a great season, by the Western Capitals.
With an appearance at the nationals 12 months earlier, the Hurricanes went into the new season as the team to beat, and they emerged victorious with a well-earned Atlantic title to their credit.
Under first-year coach Kris McKinnon, the team finished fourth in the regular season with a 5-4-3 (won-lost-tied) record, often on the back of strikers Megan Spicer and Kristin Hood, who netted nine and 12 goals, respectively.
Hosting the Atlantics in Cornwall, the Hurricanes overcame the odds to produce two outstanding performances, with goalkeeper Emma Kelly backstopping the team as they defeated Mount Saint Vincent 1-0 in the final on a goal from Shalen Armstrong.
Although they were to fall short at nationals, their Atlantic title was a great effort, and just reward for sound coaching, hard work and great self-belief.