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SCIHL Division 3 - Week 6 Scoreboard

SCIHL Division 3 - Week 6 Scoreboard

November 24th, 2023

Win streaks collide

The Unicorns were coming into this game with a 3-game winning streak while AsiaXpat were on their own 2 game win streak and riding a high after beating RBC Lions last week to take top spot in the division. However, it was going to be a challenge for Unicorns with top scorer Leon Mo out of the lineup who has accounted for almost ½ of Unicorns goals this season.

Just over a minute in, while the Unicorns had strong pressure in the Xpat zone, an unlucky bounce near the blueline resulted in a loose puck finding Alvin Sham cruising around centre ice who skated across the slot avoiding the check and firing one against the grain, post and in to make it 1-0. Shortly after, Unicorns had a great chance as Kiu Lee and Rick Chu came in on a 2 on 1 but was smothered by Martin Jim to maintain the lead. Near the end of the first, Jimmy Thai finished a pass from Sham to give Xpat a 2-0 lead after the first.

Midway in the 2nd, Chu with a glorious chance walking past both defensemen as he tried to jam it by Jim as he barged thru the crease but was denied again. Shortly after that, it was Thai completing another play to give Xpat a 3-0 lead. Near the end of the 2nd, the Unicorns won a faceoff and after working the puck around, Dave Lee wired a shot from the point past Jim to get Unicorns first goal. On the ensuing faceoff, Sham walked in with the puck and just narrowly put it wide of the post in response. Both teams exchanging chances. But it was Xpat’s up 3-1 after 2 periods.

Early in the 3rd. The Unicorns find themselves in penalty trouble as Sham draws another penalty giving Xpat’s a 45 second 5 on 3 with key Grant Phillips and Andrew Rueger in box.

The Unicorns kill the 5 on 3 as Xpat’s bombard the net but Arthur Chan makes a number of saves and keeps out the scramble in the crease with a snow angel. But soon after while Xpat still had a man advantage, Chai wires one from left faceoff dot top corner to the glove side to round out the scoring.

Arthur Chan (Unicorns) faced 28 shots while Martin Jim (AsiaXpat) faced 27 shots.

Three Stars of the game:
1. Martin Jim (AsiaXpat)
2. Jimmy Thai (AsiaXpat)
3. Alvin Sham (AsiaXpat)

Planets in alignment

This game looked to be the right match up for JOG Sports who have been playing 500 hockey so far this season has been in a mini slump losing their last 2, while it didn’t really matter for YATS since they’ve not been able to muster a win all season. It also didn’t help that their top scorer and GM Theo Wong was away for 1/2 the game to start.

The game started lethargically as both teams seemed to have trouble finding any rhythm, until Brendan Liu fed Rob Chiu with a pass from behind the net and Chiu made no mistaking putting it top corner on Arthur Chan (JOG LPP) to give YATS a 1-0 lead. 2 minutes later, Donald Chow stole the puck at centre and walked in for a breakaway from the blueline only for Fok to stop him as he tried to score five hole.

A minute afterwards, Chow split the YATS defense at his own blueline and came in on a clear breakaway only to be stopped by Stephanie Fok (YATS) again as this time, he tried to go low stick side. With 2 minutes left Brendan Liu cycled around the net and then spun quickly for a shot that beat Chan far side to give YATS a rare 2-0 lead to end the first period.

20 seconds into the 2nd period Chiu scored his second as he walked in on the left side and fired a slap slot past Chan to the top corner stick side using the defense as a screen for his 2nd of the night. Both teams had several chances to score but were unable to reach the loose puck sitting in the crease. Jason Yip continued his torrid scoring to the start of the season getting his 11th goal as he picked up the puck at the blueline then fired a shot far side post and in by Fok.

Art Tam then took a pass from Ray Tang at centre ice and fired a slap shot glove side by Chan after it took a deflection off the defenseman’s stick. YATS up 4-1, until Yip got his 2nd of the night and 12th of the season when he roofed a shot over Fok’s glove after the initial shot missed the net and bounced to Yip on the other side. 4-2 with
YATS lead cut in half, Theo Wong decided it was time to get into the game.

2 minutes into the 3rd, Tam intercepted a JOG clearing attempt and fed a wide-open Liu who then deked Chan for his 2nd goal of the game. Chiu followed this up less than a minute later with his hattrick goal as he skated across the slot, faked a slapshot, lost the puck, then put one across the grain on the ice into the far post. Alton Ho found himself on a shorthanded breakaway towards the end of the 3rd but was stopped by Fok.

With a minute remaining, Brendan Liu completed his hattrick after stealing the puck at his own blueline for a breakaway this time deking to his backhand to round out the scoring. Solid goaltending, and a breakout night for Chiu and Liu helped give YATS their first win of the season.

A busy night for Arthur Chan (JOG Sports LPP) facing 35 shots while Stephanie Fok (YATS Engineers) faced 25 shots.

Three Stars of the game:
1. Brendon Lui (YATS Engineers)
2. Robert Chiu (YATS Engineers)
3. Stephanie Fok (YATS Engineers)

Rematch of opening night

The last time these 2 teams met, RBC Lions walked away with a 10-1 win. Since that game, Ice Wolves have had a 500 record but have started to find their scoring touch with 22 goals in those 4 games.

Just 2 minutes in, RBC Lions’ Calix Ma opened the scoring. 5 minutes later, Theo Wong (Ice Wolves LPP) had a solo effort to tie the game at 1. Followed by Jason Yee (Ice Wolves LPP) to take the lead shortly after. 2-1 after the first for Ice Wolves.

In the 2nd, David Finifter got his 1st of the year to make it 3-1 Wolves before Jovi Wat scored 2 goals back-to-back in a span of 6 minutes to tie the game up at 3. With 3 minutes remaining, Jasper Chow scored his first of the year to give Ice Wolves the lead again followed by Hamish Pang getting a short-handed goal with just 40 seconds left as Ice Wolves closed out the 2nd with a 5-3 lead.

An individual effort by Charles Liu drew RBC closer. Ice Wolves were looking to get an insurance goal after a high sticking penalty to RBC at the 10-minute mark, but it was Jovi Wat doing the damage with a short handed goal instead to tie the game at 5-5. A few minutes later, Jacky Wu one timed a shot past Jerome Lui after a sweet pass by Joe Wat thru the defensemen’s legs giving RBC Lions the first lead of the night.

As the time ticked away, it looked like RBC would kill the clock until a poor line change cost them with a too many men penalty with 33 seconds left. It took all of 3 seconds for Ice Wolves to capitalize on the ensuing faceoff as Warren Ang won it back to Jasper Chow who fired a slapshot past a screened Keira Mok to tie the game.

In overtime, Charles Liu and Jovi Wat made short work with the extra ice and saved RBC Lions from back-to-back losses scoring just 22 seconds into OT, while Ice Wolves salvaged a point with the late goal.

Keira Mok (RBC Lions) faced 33 shots while Jerome Lui (Ice Wolves) faced 28 shots.

Three Stars of the game:
1. Jovi Wat (RBC Lions)
2. Charles Liu (RBC Lions)
3. Warren Ang (Ice Wolves)

UPCOMING GAMES - November 23 @ Mega Ice

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

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