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Division 2 - Semi-Finals Game Summaries

May 23rd, 2022

The Comeback Kids of 2022

The 2021 Sapporo team was known for their amazing comebacks and the 2022 team? Well, pretty much the same as they came back with a 4-3 win to even the series against AsiaXpat. AsiaXpat dominated the first period and led 2-0 on goals from the Wong father and son combo. Jim Wong opened the scoring and his son Michael put AsiaXpat up 2-0 on a late shorthanded goal.

In the second period, it was Jim that put AsiaXpat up 3-0. You know what they say... 3-0 is the worst lead in Hockey and it was proven. Sapporo stormed back with 3 unanswered goals before the end of the period. Justin Kuok got things started in his first game back since the covid pause. Scott Stricktland and Terence Chim scored in a span of 6 minutes to tie the game.

In the third period, AsiaXapt refocused and regained their lead when Michael scored his second shorthanded goal of the night. But once again, Sapporo came back on Chim's second goal of the game and overtime was needed.
Off of the opening faceoff, Chim came into the AsiaXpat zone only to be tripped up by Justin Wong. On the ensuing power play, Strickland finished off a centering pass from Chim, beating goaltender Kevin Rushton for the game winner. Rushton finished the night with 22 saves while Loron Orris stopped 20 for Sapporo.

The Three Stars:
1. Scott Strickland (Sapporo)
2. Terence Chim (Sapporo)
3. Michael Wong (AsiaXpat)

Tyrrell's Hatty Leads Sam Wai Into The Final

Sean Tyrell’s hat trick gives the Sam Wai Raptors a 7-2 win over Bravo and sends them into the SCIHL Final for the 3rd time in the past 4 seasons. The Raptors jumped out front early on thanks in large part to the return of Art Tam.

Tam opened the scoring on a nice passing play with Keith Fong... Just like good old times. Tam scored his second of the night when he connected with Tyrrell a few minutes later. After building up a 5-0 lead, Peter Yeung got one back for Bravo before the period ended as he was allowed to skate into the zone and wristed a shot past goaltender Grant Phillips.

In the second period, Bravo controlled most the play early on and they were able to cut the lead to 3 when John Ng beat Phillips on his stick side. With Bravo carrying most of the play, Tyrrell poked in a loose puck past goaltender Scotty Yang to regain the 4-goal lead for Sam Wai. That goal took the wind out of the Bravo sails and that was pretty much it as the Raptors held on for the win. Tyrrell added one more in the third to complete his hat trick. Phillips stopped 22 while Yang stopped 23.

The Three Stars:
1. Sean Tyrrell (Sam Wai)
2. Art Tam (Sam Wai)
3. Francois Esterhuizen (Sam Wai)