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SCIHL Division 3 - Week 7 Scoreboard

SCIHL Division 3 - Week 7 Scoreboard

December 1st, 2023

Momentum swings

Both JOG Sports and Ice Wolves entered the game with 5 points each and tied for the 4th playoff spot, while last time these 2 teams met, Ice Wolves won in a close 5-4 game. And goals were expected with the 2 teams combining to have 5 of the top 12 scoring leaders.

And the goals started early. Just 1.5 minutes in, Art Tam dumped the puck out as Charles Liu (JOG LPP) raced past the Ice Wolves D and beat Jerome Lui thru the 5 hole to opening the scoring. 4 minutes later, Gavino Ng wins the puck off a defensive faceoff and makes a hard pass up the left boards to a streaking Liu as he cut across the D and put the puck in on the inside post. Just a few minutes later, Ng fed Art Tam backdoor, but he missed the open net as he hit the post. Ice Wolves narrowly avoiding being down 3-0 early. After a toomany-
men penalty taken by JOG, the Ice Wolves closed the score to 2-1 as Warren Ang picked up the rebound to fire his first by Martin Jim (JOG LPP). 2-1 after the first.

Right off the faceoff in the 2nd period, Ang scores his 2nd of the night as he picked up his own rebound and fired one in the slot beating Jim 5-hole for his 2nd. Ice Wolves then beat out an icing call as the JOG D forgot they needed to skate back for the icing to be called, and after 2 initial stops by Jim, the puck found Pang cruising down main street and fired it past Jim’s stick side. On the ensuing shift, Pang again makes the play as he wins the puck in the corner, then puts a hard pass across the crease to find Jackie Chan on the doorstep to put it away. 5 in a row for Ice Wolves to take the lead 5-2 after going down 2-0 early. But instead of folding, JOG’s Art Tam powered in and one handed a pass to Alan Lui in front of the net who placed it under the blocker and over Lui’s pad to get one back with 2 min remaining before Donald Chow made an incredible solo effort to go end to end and score short side to close out the 2nd period. Ice Wolves leading 5-4.

Right off the opening faceoff, a beautiful 3 way passing play between Ng Tam and Hugo Fan sees Fan backhand and beat Lui 5 hole to tie it at 5. A couple minutes later, Charles Liu completes his hattrick and giving JOG a 6-5 lead after 4 straight goals in reply by JOG. Pang shortly responds to tie it back at 6, before late in the game, Ice Wolves takes a penalty with 4 minutes remaining. But instead of JOG taking advantage, it was Ang following up a Hamish Pang rush to bury the rebound to complete his hattrick with a short handed goal
and give Ice Wolves the lead again. With a minute and a half remaining, JOG pulls the goalie, but Jackie Chan finishes them off with an empty net goal completing the comeback. With the win, Ice Wolves move 2 points clear of JOG and take sole possession of 4th.

Jerome Lui (Ice Wolves) faced 24 shots while Martin Jim (JOG Sports LPP) faced 34 shots.

Three Stars of the game:
1. Hamish Pang (Ice Wolves)
2. Warren Ang (Ice Wolves)
3. Charles Liu (JOG Sports - LPP)

David v Goliath

AsiaXpat leading the division faces YATS Engineering in the cellar who only got their first 2 points of the season last week.

This time, YATS leading scorer Theo Wong was there for the start of the game, and made his presence known early opening the scoring 4 minutes in after he cutoff a weak clearing attempt on the left boards and walked in uncontested. He then followed that up with a 2nd goal just 2 minutes later as he went back to collect an errant pass, and with Xpat making a slow line change, walked past the defense, and deked out Jim. Soon after, Wong was again involved in a goal, but it was Josh Steinhaus stealing the puck off Wong at the blueline and went down the ice for a breakaway as he fired it post and in to cut the lead to 1.

YATS Robert Chiu continued his hot hand from the previous game as he netted a goal with 30 seconds remaining after Brendon Lui’s shot was stopped by Martin Jim, only for Art Tam to shovel the puck from the side of the net to Chiu on the doorstep. With 7 seconds remaining in the first, Art Tam won the faceoff at center ice and attacked, finding Brendan Lui with a backhand pass who made no mistake to score his first of the night just before the buzzer went off. 4-1 YATS after the first.

The 2nd period was more back and forth as YATS could no longer hold off AsiaXpat’s leading scorer, Alvin Sham as he netted his first as he picked up the rebound of a Paul Chai attempt and fired it past the blocker of Stephanie Fok for his first of the night. YATS responded as Wong completed his hattrick walking down the middle and deking this time to the glove side.

On the ensuing faceoff, Sham came down the left boards and wires one short side top corner blowing the water bottle off to quickly respond. Late in the 2nd, Lui makes a beautiful behind the back pass across the slot to Tam who put it in the open side to give YATS a 6-3 lead after 2 periods.

Chiu gets his second after taking a pass from Justin Kuok and shooting from the faceoff dot past Jim. 7-3 YATS. Sham then completed his hattrick 5 minutes later as he fired the puck from the high slot past a screened Fok. Late in the game with YATS on the powerplay,

Martin Jim makes a point blank save on Lui, after which Sham collected the rebound and went down the ice and fired another short side top corner again taking out the water bottle for his 4th of the night. 7-5 YATS. Brendon Lui rounded out the scoring with his 2nd of the night unassisted with 9 seconds remaining in the game.

Martin Jim (AsiaXpat) once again under a hail of shots facing 41, while Stephanie Fok (YATS Engineers) faced 22 shots.

Three Stars of the game:
1. Brendon Lui (YATS Engineers)
2. Alvin Sham (AsiaXpat)
3. Theo Wong (YATS Engineers)

Closing in on #1

The Unicorns were in 3rd place coming into this game just 3 points away from the top 2 teams, AsiaXpat and RBC Lions, who were tied for first. A win over RBC tonight would pull them within a point, especially with AsiaXpat losing their game earlier.

Leon Mo, Unicorns leading scorer, who has generated 10 of the 22 team goals up to this game, was back in the lineup this week, and he made his presence felt scoring the first goal 4 minutes in, after David Lee and Andrew Rueger broke out of their zone and found Mo at centre ice. He followed with his 2nd goal a few minutes later, again from a Rueger pass to put Unicorns up 2-0 after 1.

The Unicorns put up a tight team defense clogging up the neutral zone and played a very conservative game by limiting the chances the speedy RBC forwards had, and ensured they gave up few odd man rushes or breakaways which RBC Lions have thrived on so far this season as they pulled other teams apart. And when they couldn’t break the play, or block the shot, Arthur Chan and the post was there to thwart RBC’s attempts. No scoring in the 2nd.

In the 3rd, RBC continued to press, only to find shin pads, backsides, and Chan keeping the puck out of the net. It wasn’t until 1:13 left in the 3rd did Jovi Wat finally break thru and spoil Chan’s shutout bid. In desperation, RBC pulled their goalie, but were unable to get the tying goal, while Kiu Lee finished a strong play by Trace Wong to kill the game with an empty net marker. 3-1 win for the Unicorns over RBC Lions.

Keira Mok (RBC Lions) faced 20 shots while Arthur Chan (Unicorns) faced 27

Three Stars of the game:
1. Arthur Chan (Unicorns)
2. Leon Mo (Unicorns)
3. Andrew Rueger (Unicorns)

UPCOMING GAMES - December 7 @ Mega Ice

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

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