Friday, 11 November 2022
Where is everyone?
Lion Rock GM - Scott Yang's first question leading into this week's game. A combination of people taking advantage of the recently release 0+3 travel rules and injuries decimated Lion Rock's roster this week.
Missing 1/2 the roster including most of their top picks, it did not help that lpp's were also hard to come by, while facing a full-strength Homely Sportswear team. Luckily Lion Rock had their rock star goalie - Izumida Koji who as usual stood on his head.
It looked like it was going to be a siege from the start as Homely took full advantage of the shorthanded Lion Rock team. However, Lion Rock surprisingly had the first goal as Leon Mo broke out and beat Fiscella with the first shot in the game just 24 seconds in. That quickly woke up Homely and the siege was on. Homely then outshot Lion Rock 23 to 4, and that was just the first period! Donald Chow, Justin Kuok, and Jason Wong tallying, to make it 3-1 after 1.
The onslaught continued in the 2nd, as Izzy was able to keep the damage to 1 from Paul Chai, but without any support from the Lion Rock defense, and another 18 shots in the 3rd, Homely rounded out the scoring with 4 more, Donald Chow and Jason Wong with their 2nd of the night, and Rick Chu joining the scoring with 2 of his own.
Homely continued to show their dominance early this season with their third win in a row, while Scotty is hoping everyone comes back for the next game!
Izzy a faced a staggering 56 shots while Fiscella had to try and stay warm only getting 15 shots in the game.
Burger Joy's Three Stars:
1. Donald Chow (Homely Sportswear)
2. Rick Chu (Homely Sportswear)
3. Justin Kuok (Homely Sportswear)
Where’s the defense?
Both goalies were probably asking this question as Asiaxpat and Taboo - 2 offensively setup teams - faced off in the 2nd game. In the first, Taboo took the game to Asiaxpat out shooting them 14 to 6 and coming out with a 3-1 lead. Kenny Chiu leading with 2 goals and assisting on Ernest Tang's first of the year. Jason Yee replied for Asiaxpat late in the period.
Jerome Liu pulled the Xpat team aside during the short intermission and must have changed the strategy as a different team came out to start the 2nd. Xpat's top line of Anthony Luk, Michael Wong, and Jason Yee controlled the first 10 minutes of the 2nd period, the line combining for the next 4 goals (Luk and Wong each with 2 goals) and taking a 2-goal lead before Taboo’s Tim Poon scored on the PP late in the 2nd to keep the score closer at 5-4. It was essentially the opposite of the first period, this time Asiaxpat outshooting Taboo 14-5.
The 3rd was more evenly played, but Taboo could not stop Michael Wong who scored 3 more times in the 3rd, giving him 5g1a for the evening, and blowing open this game. Jason Yee and Ernst Tang each with their 2nd of the night, rounding out the scoring in a 9-5 win for Asiaxpat.
Jerome Lui faced 28, while Edward Lee faced 27.
Burger Joy's Three Stars:
1. Michael Wong (AsiaXpat)
2. Kenny Chiu (Taboo)
3. David Finifter (AsiaXpat)
HoiHoi and the Unicorns were both coming off their first win of the season last week and looking to make it 2 in a row. However, HoiHoi was missing several of their top players due to injury/travel, but was finally welcoming back their goalie, Kirsten Rendell, who was finally able to play, albeit with an entirely new set of gear!
The first period was evenly played and only 1 goal was to be had by Justin Wong after a nice pass from Shane Weir.
HoiHoi started the 2nd with a powerplay after Dave Lee was in the box for hooking, and Hamish Pang made them pay tying the game 1-1. The game continued in a tight checking affair for the next 10 minutes until Andrew Ruger was able to break the deadlock only for Alastair Grigg to tie it with his first of the season. The Unicorns then converted on their own powerplay opportunity with Clement Liu putting one by Rendell to regain the lead. 3-2 after the second.
This pattern would continue thru the 3rd as HoiHoi would tie the game, then Unicorns regained the lead a few minutes later. Michael Wong (LPP) to tie for HoiHoi, followed by Dominic Ng to regain the lead, then Wong again to tie, and finally Clement Liu scoring the game winner for the Unicorns to cap the scoring. It was quite an exciting game for the fans as the game could have gone either way.
Bernard Lam played well stopping 22 shots, while Kirsten well stopping 17 on her debut with a full set of new gear.
Burger Joy's Three Stars:
1. Clement Liu (Unicorns)
2. Shane Weir (Unicorns)
3. Dominic Ng (Unicorns)
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