AFL: Hurricanes aim for third consecutive title

One question remains in the Atlantic Football League season: can the Holland College Hurricanes three-peat?

As the Hurricanes make final preparations for the championship game, only one team stands in their way, the Dalhousie Tigers.

“Our guys should be confident heading into this game. They know they match up well against these guys,” said head coach Kyle Quinlan.

It’s no surprise these two teams have made it this far. During the season, the Hurricanes (6-1) ranked first in points, averaging 24.8 a game, while allowing a season best 14.5. On the other side, the Tigers (5-2) ranked second, scoring 24.5 points per game, while giving up 16.5.

Head-to-head, the teams split regular season games, with Holland College winning 19-11 at Dalhousie on Sept. 19 and losing 22-8 at home on Oct. 24.

“If our guys showed anything this year, it’s that they can hang with the best of them in this league,” Quinlan said.

Playing to their advantage, the Hurricanes have the luxury of playing in front of a home crowd, eager to see their team hoist the Moosehead Cup.

“I ’ve been here twice before,” said linebacker Alex Fitzpatrick, who’s playing in his third AFL championship. “It’s just an amazing experience, especially when you get to play at home with the crowd. We have wicked fan support here.”

The battle for the Moosehead Cup begins at 1 p.m. Nov. 7 at the UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place.


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