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SCIHL Division 2 Champions - Sapporo

June 6th, 2022

Sapporo Wins Back To Back Championships

Sapporo became the second team to win back-to-back SCIHL championships at the Elements Ice Rink. The other team that won consecutive championships, the Sam Wai Raptors.

The Raptors were the favourites heading into this game as they have not lost during the season. Sapporo's defence smothered the high-octane offence of the Raptors and they scored timely goals which was the difference.

Sapporo goaltender Loron Orris has a great game. He was very good but also got some lady luck on his side as the Raptors rang several shots off the crossbar and posts. Paul Chai scored the game's opening goal in the first period during a power play as he deflected a shot from Terence Chim.

Chim made it 2-0 early in the second period when he finished off a 2-0 with John Ng. Goaltender Grant Phillips did his best to keep his team in it with a number of highlight reel saves including one late in the period when Chim had a wide-open net only to have Phillips reach back with an amazing glove save.

That was pretty much all Sapporo needed as they were able to shut down Francois Esterhuizen and company. It was an unfortunate way to end the season for Sam Wai but credit Sapporo for a well-played game. Orris stopped all 29 shots while Phillips stopped 31.

Special thanks to all the sponsors, players, staff and game officials for their hard work and support to help the SCIHL get through a tough year. We hope that everyone will return for the 2022-2023 season!

Burger Joys Three Stars:
1. Loron Orris (Sapporo)
2. Terence Chim (Sapporo)
3. John Ng (Sapporo)