Friday, 21 October 2022
Homely flexes their offense
After falling short last game to AsiaXpat, Homely started converting the many chances they generated this week against a shorthanded HoiHoi team who were missing several players from their top line or were late for the start of the game.
As Homely carried 80% of the play, this hockey game started resembling a football match where HoiHoi would defend and look for breakout opportunities. However Homely broke thru after a weird bounce off a defenseman after a good save, fooling LPP goalie Carson Leung as the puck trickled behind him. Continued zone pressure by Homely then converted into Donald Chow's first of the season from a nice feed by Justin Kuok.
HoiHoi took advantage of an early breakout bounce off a Homely shot into the shin pads as Hamish Pang pulled away from a couple of defenders to score on his patented "I’ll keep using this move if they can't stop me" backhand deke closing the gap to 2-1.
However continued pressure by Homely resulted in a couple of rebound goals near the net as Donald Chow got his 2nd of the game, and Rick Chu joined the scoring.
HoiHoi replied with a couple goals from Rob (I finally made it to the game) Chiu, and Justin Hau, who’s had an impressive start with goals in 2 straight games this year. But Paul Chai put the game away with a couple goals, one on the powerplay, and Kuok rounding out the scoring completing a 7-3 rout.
Carson Leung (LPP( (HoiHoi) finished the night with 17 saves while Anthony Fiscella (Homely) stopped 11.
Burger Joy's Three Stars:
1. Rick Chu (Homely Sportswear)
2. Donald Chow (Homely Sportswear)
3. Justin Kuok (Homely Sportswear)
AsiaXpat off to a running start this season
AsiaXpat continued establishing themselves as early favorites this season with another strong outing this week.
The Unicorns were looking much more organized this week as they
held off AsiaXpat’s potent offense for a good part of the first period. Michael Wong finally broke the ice with a quick shot in the slot after Jim Wong controlled the puck in his "office" behind the net and fed Michael streaking down the middle unchecked. This became a recurring theme as Jim essentially made the same play 2 more times late in the first, setting up Anthony Luk for 2 very similar goals to make it 3-0 with 2 minutes to go in the first.
Anthony commented after the game, that he’s so happy playing on a line with the 2 Wong's as they get all the attention, while he just needs to get open.
After finally getting more momentum and generating some of their own zone time, the Unicorns got on the board after some hard work from Clement Liu to control the puck, setting up Justin Wong for the goal giving the Unicorns some hope.
The Unicorns started getting some more belief as they continued to play hard keeping the chances even and closing the gap after Tracy Wong fed Arthur Tam on a semi-break beating Jerome Lui low glove. The Unicorns had 3 powerplay opportunities to tie the game, but instead, Jason Yip broke it open with a short-handed goal after Michael Wong won a loose puck and made a nice 2 on 1 play with Yip.
In the 3rd, the Unicorns pressed hard outshooting AsiaXpat 12-7 in the 3rd, but Lui shut the door, while Michael Wong notched a 2nd goal midway in the period to close out the scoring.
Anthony Fiscella (LPP) (Unicorns) stopped 22, while Jerome Lui (AsiaXpat) stopped 20.
Burger Joy's Three Stars:
1. Michael Wong (AsiaXpat)
2. Anthony Luk (AsiaXpat)
3. Jim Wong (AsiaXpat)
Defensive showcase put on by Lion Rock HockeyAfter a convincing win last week for Lion Rock over HoiHoi, this week was billed as a much
bigger test against the offensive minded Taboo Devils. On paper, Taboo has one of the best offensive line ups in the division, and on the ice this week, there was a buzz throughout the game as more than 2/3 of the game was played in the Lion Rock zone.
Taboo controlled the run of play through all 3 periods, and finally opened the scoring on a powerplay goal by Michael Wong (LPP) after a nice setup play from Leon Mo and Billy Fu. But Bruce Hicks from Lion Rock picked off a poor clearing attempt in the Taboo zone and walked in alone to put the equalizer by Edward Lee tying the game at 1.
Lion Rock’s Mark Pavey seems to be making it a routine to have 1 end to end rush each game and scoring at the end of it. A similar play to his goal in game 1, he skated down the left side and finished a nice shot to give Lion Rock the lead against the run of play.
Taboo doubled down their efforts and hemmed Lion Rock in their own zone the rest of the second period getting 15 shots on net and numerous others being blocked the Lion Rock's defense. It wasn’t until 10 seconds left in the 2nd did Taboo's Leon Mo get one by Izumida Koji ("Izzy") to tie the game at 2.
It felt inevitable that Taboo would get the next goal given the continued pressure, but as the period counted down, that goal did not materialize. With 5 minutes left in the 3rd, another of Lion Rocks' defensive core, Jasper Chow, broke out of their zone after a nice pass from Gary Lawrence and jammed a puck by Lee giving Lion Rock the lead. Bruce Hicks got an insurance goal shortly after as Taboo continued to get frustrated by Izzy.
Near the end, as Taboo pulled their goalie, it was instead Lion Rock having control, while Taboo’s Billy Fu made kick saves to keep Lion Rock from an empty net goal.
In the end, Taboo could not solve Izzy and the big shot blocking defense in front of him, giving Lion Rock their 2nd win of the season.
"Izzy" stood on his head stopping 34 shots while Edward Lee stopped 16.
Burger Joy’s Three Stars:
1. Izumida Koji (Lion Rock Hockey)
2. Bruce Hicks (Lion Rock Hockey)
3. Jasper Chow (Lion Rock Hockey)
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