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SCIHL Division 3 - Week 3 Game Summaries

Friday, 21 October 2022

17 goal "Barnburner" of a game between AsiaXpat and HoiHoi!

Coming into this game, AsiaXpat was 2-0 and HoiHoi 0-2 still looking for their first point of the season. With AsiaXpat rolling well and HoiHoi yet to find their rhythm, it wasn’t looking good for HoiHoi snapping the minor skid.

And the first minute only reinforced that thinking as Michael Wong continued his hot start to the season taking a loose puck in his own end and breaking down the left boards, past the D, and then roofing one on a startled Louis Lee (LPP) playing his first SCIHL D3 game subbing in for Kirsten Rendell.

However, less than a minute later, last seasons top scorer, Hamish Pang worked some magic after getting a nice feed from Leon Mo (LPP), who was replacing Tommy Wong, as he deked past 3 defenders in close quarters before beating Jerome to tie the game at 1. A minute later, it was Leon Mo getting on the board. AsiaXpat tied it shortly after with Jimmy Lee joining the action, and each team scored again, Pang and Wong again, before the period was over ending the 1st period tied 3-3.

They exchange goals to start the 2nd, Jackie Chan for HoiHoi and Jason Yee for AsiaXpat, before Pang took over and scored the next 2 goals to complete his hattrick, giving HoiHoi a 6-4 lead after 2 periods.

HoiHoi then blew the game wide open with the next 4 goals, Pang (his 4th of the night) - all 4 goals looking almost identical, followed by Chris Lam, Jason Wong, and Justin Hau (extending his 3-game goal streak), giving HoiHoi a commanding 10-4 lead with 9 minutes to go. AsiaXpat was uncharacteristic this game with a lot of defensive lapses and missed assignments and it cost them.

Although they were able to get 3 more goals (Jasper Chow (LPP), Jason Yee with his 2nd, and Eugene Wong), it was too little too late as HoiHoi snapped their losing streak in a big way.

Louis Lee (LPP) (HoiHoi) finished the night with 14 saves while Jerome Lui (AsiaXpat) stopped 20.

Burger Joy’s Three Stars:
1. Hamish Pang (HoiHoi)
2. Jackie Chan (HoiHoi)
3. Jasper Chow (AsiaXpat)

A game of missed opportunities

Both Taboo Devils and Homely Sportswear entered this game with a 1-1 record. Both teams have looked strong so far and this tilt looked to be anyone’s game.

Both teams were playing well, as they created and countered each other, and it wasn’t until 7 minutes in did Leon Mo open the scoring for Taboo. However, in the following sequence with Homely pressuring, Taboo defensemen under pressure tried to clear the puck from behind their net up the middle of the ice, only to be intercepted by Donald Chow who walked in and wired a slapshot top corner by Jerome Lui (LPP).

They continued to exchange chances and it wasn’t till late in the first did Jason Wong tap in a loose puck after some good forechecking by Alan Lui to force a turnover. Homely taking a 2-1 lead after 1.

Early in the 2nd, some more pressure from Alan Lui again resulted in a goal, this time a backdoor finish by Donald Chow, his 2nd of the night. 3-1 Homely but lots of time to go.

Taboo continued to press but with nothing to show for all the chances they created. Either they hit the post or were thwarted by Marco “Stand Up” Au (LPP), including turning Mo aside on a couple breakaways and robbing him of a sure goal when a rebound left a gaping left side for Mo to score, only to have Au deflect the shot with his paddle and off the cross bar and out. Kiu Lee also had a beautiful chance, beating Au clean on the blocker side, only to find the post.

Near the end of the 3rd period, Taboo had a 5 on 3 power play for almost the entire 2 minutes, and although they had plenty of 'looks', they weren’t able to get many shots on net. Homely holding on to the early 3-1 lead.

Both goalies played well as Jerome Lui (LPP - Taboo) stopped 18, while Marco Au (LPP - Homely) stopped 15.

Burger Joy’s Three Stars:
1. Donald Chow (Homely Sportswear)
2. Marco Au (Homely Sportswear)
3. Alan Lui (Homely Sportswear)

Unicorns found some magic

The Unicorns, after starting 0-2, were hoping they could solve the HK version of the 90’s New Jersey Devils team, after Lion Rock’s 38 shot against win last week.

Again, Lion Rock played their defensive shell allowing the Unicorns to take the play to them and hoping for turnover for a counterattack. And it seemed to work as the defense and "Izzy" continued to frustrate the Unicorn offense. It wasn’t until Justin Wong was able to complete a nice play from Weir and Wade that they got one with 4 minutes left in the first. A few shifts later, it was Wong again, jumping on a missed pass and calmly completed his partial breakaway by going 5 hole on Izumida.

The defensive shell continued in the 2nd, until Art Tam swatted a loose puck in the slot off the crossbar and in, after Tracy Wong and John Wade had shots turned aside. Lion Rock had several excellent chances including a couple breakaways, only to be stopped by Lam. 3-0 after 2 periods.

In the 3rd, Lion Rock started to gamble more, and that resulted in more chances for the Unicorns with Jon Mei jamming a puck in after a passing play between Tracy Wong and Art Tam behind the net. Tam got his 2nd of the night short handed after his shot deflected off the defenseman's stick past Izzy. And Clement Liu one timed a pass from Justin Wong during a 2 on 1 break to round out the scoring giving the Unicorns a convincing 6-0 win.

Bernard Lam (Unicorns) with a 14 save shutout, and "Izzy" again facing 36 shots on the night.

Burger Joy’s Three Stars:
1. Bernard Lam (Unicorns)
2. Justin Wong (Unicorns)
3. Arthur Tam (Unicorns)