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SCIHL Division 3 - Week 5 Scoreboard

SCIHL Division 3 - Week 5 Scoreboard

November 17th, 2023

Battle for top spot!

First place on the line this week as RBC came in with an undefeated record of 4-0, while AsiaXpat were entering the game 3-1. An RBC win would solidify their top spot, while an Xpat win would put them in first albeit tied in points due to the head-to-head tie break.

Fans were expecting a high scoring game as this game also had the top 2 scorers in the league so far. Jovi Wat for RBC, and Alvin Sham for AsiaXpat. And they both had numerous scoring chances this game. However, a combination of cross bars, posts, and a ton of shin pads limited the actual scoring this game.

With all the hype, it was a tightly played game as AsiaXpat kept a very disciplined defensive coverage, and it was Allan who opened the scoring as he picked up a loose puck in the slot and wristed it top side blocker on Keira Mok. That’s how the period ended, the play very even with Xpats having 9 shots on goal, and RBC 8. 1-0 Xpat.

In the 2nd period, part way in, RBC had a mad scramble in front of Louis Lee (LPP G) and while Lee needed to scramble, he kept the puck out. But in the scrum, he picked up what looked to be a lower body injury. After a couple minutes of deliberation, he had to withdraw from the game, and AsiaXpat picked up emergency goalie Boyce Wong who happened to be in the stands for the remainder of the game. With the goalie change, Xpats seemed to play even better defense and blocked many of RBC’s shots, allowing only 3 more shots in the period, while they kept up the pressure on RBC and Sham was finally rewarded after several chances, as he placed a shot just over Mok’s pad and into the far side. 2-0 Xpats after 2.

Early in the 3rd period, Jovi Wat stole the puck from corner, and after deking by the defender, roofed a shot short side top corner by Wong’s blocker to draw the close the score to 2-1 with 12 minutes left in the game. The chances continued to come on both ends, but both goalies were playing well, while Xpat continued to block many of the attempts.

After taking a time out near the end of the game, Xpat’s defenders were all on 1 knee thru the OT, and luckily for them, were able to tie up the remaining faceoffs, and kill the clock.

Keira Mok (RBC) faced 30 shots while Louis Lee (AsiaXpat LPP) had a clean sheet after 9 shots before Boyce Wong (AsiaXpat LPP) came in and faced 11 more.

Three Stars of the game:
1. Alvin Sham (AsiaXpat)
2. Keira Mok (RBC Lions)
3. Jimmy Thai (AsiaXpat)

Unicorns charge back in the 3rd

JOG Sports and Unicorns were looking to secure their spot in the middle of the division after the exciting first game between RBC and AsiaXpat. Before the crowd got settled, JOG went up 1-0 just a minute into the game off a nice goal by Gavino Ng after being setup by Donald Chow.

Another tight game with team defense employed again by the Unicorns as they sat back and defended looking for counter-attack opportunities. And 9 minutes in, Rick Chu did just that while the Unicorns were killing a penalty, as he finished the play after Tracy Wong won the puck in her zone, skated up the side, and fed Kiu Lee who’s shot was turned aside by Jonathan Cheng (LPP goalie) but the rebound was tucked in by Chu to tie the game at 1.

3 minutes later, JOG’s pressure broke thru as Jason Yip was freed by Hugo Fan for a semibreakaway and he went around Arthur Chan to make it 2-1. On the next faceoff, it was Fan and Yip again as Fan made a sweet backhand pass as he moved behind the net to a wide open Yip in the slot, who put it high blocker for his 2nd of the period. Yip almost completed his hattrick on the very next shift, doing his best Alex Ovechkin impersonation as he spun on his backside and steered the puck, just wide of the post with seconds remaining in the first. 3-1 JOG after 1 with JOG doubling up on shots.

The 2nd period continued like most of the first with JOG laying siege on the Unicorns, but Leon Mo took advantage of an early breakdown as he finished of a breakaway, the only goal in the 2nd period. 3-2 after 2.

In the 3rd, Hugo fan gives JOG a 4-2 lead with 10 minutes left as he attacks 1 on 1, then dekes the defense, and casually opens up Chan to put it 5 hole. As the game looked to tick away, Leon Mo stick handled past 3 JOG players coming off right boards, then slots it far side on Cheng to pull within 1 with 2:40 remaining. 30 seconds later, Chu finds Andrew Rueger down the right side who snipes one off the crossbar to tie the game. And with 1 minute remaining, Mo completes the comeback, and his hattrick scoring short side on Cheng.

In the last minute, a mad scramble at the end but Hugo Fan was unable to bank off one off Chan’s back, and Yip couldn’t connect with the loose puck in the crease thru a bunch of legs to knock it in as the buzzer goes.

Another busy night for Arthur Chan (Unicorns) facing 29 shots while Jonathan Cheng (JOG Sports LPP) was faced 26 shots.

Three Stars of the game:
1. Leon Mo (Unicorns)
2. Rick Chu (Unicorns)
3. Jason Yip (JOG Sports)

Shootout at MegaIce

After 2 close games this evening, it was time for a goal fest between the Ice Wolves and YATS Engineers, as the 2 teams have let in an average of 6-7 goals a game in this early season and enter the game with a goals against of 23 and 27 respectively after 4 games. A YATS win, and they would tie Ice Wolves for last place, while an Ice Wolves win, will give them a 4-point cushion away from YATS at the bottom.

And boy, this game did not disappoint in the goal department. The 2 teams combined for 18 goals, and 12 different goal scorers, 6 per team. There were goals every other shift. All sorts of goals, juicy rebound goals, 3 on 1’s, one timers, point shots, breakaways, and seeing eye goals from the side wall.

After taking the early lead and closing out the first period 5-2 for the Ice Wolves, they never looked back, scoring another 4 in the 2nd, while YATS could only muster 2. 9-4 after 2 periods. And again, outscoring YATS 3-2 in the 3rd for a final score of 12-6.

One to forget for the goalies, and YATS as they remain winless this season, while Ice Wolves bounce back from last weeks loss to AsiaXpat for their 2nd win.

Stephanie Fok (YATS) faced 30 shots while Jerome Lui (Ice Wolves) faced 26.

Three Stars of the game:
1. Hamish Pang (Ice Wolves)
2. John Wade (Ice Wolves)
3. Shane Weir (YATS Engineers)

UPCOMING GAMES - November 23 @ Mega Ice

Game 1: AsiaXpat vs Unicorns @ 8:30pm
Game 2: YATS vs JOG @ 9:30pm
Game 3: Ice Wolves vs RBC @ 10:30pm

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