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RBC and AsiaXpat advance to SCIHL D3 finals!

RBC and AsiaXpat advance to SCIHL D3 finals!

March 8th, 2024


RBC Lions advance to SCIHL Championship finals

The semi-finals between Ice Wolves and RBC Lions started out a very balanced affair as both teams probed for opportunities and were unwilling to allow too much open space for the top lines to exploit. There were spurts of pressure from Ice Wolves, but many promising plays ended up without a shot on net as the final pass went errant or was tipped away.

Each team had few good looks on net and both goalies were sharp early on.
This continued early in the 2nd, until RBC caught the Ice Wolves on a line change allowing Fabrizio Faita to pick out Jovi Wat for the games first goal firing one thru the defense and past Lui. A few minutes later, RBC capitalized on a powerplay as Wat finished another pass from Faita to double the score, and with the Wolves reeling, Andy Ma finished a 2 on 1 with Charles Liu to put the Wolves deep in a whole. RBC outshot Ice Wolves 10-2 in the 2nd and the score reflected it.

The third saw more gambling from the Ice Wolves as they pressed for a response but Keira Mok was up for the shots. On the counterattack, the Lions scored 2 more, Calix Ma and Wat finishing his hattrick to seal their ticket to the SCIHL final.

Keira Mok (RBC) faced 13 shots for the shutout while Jerome Lui (Ice Wolves) faced 22 shots.

Three Stars of the game:
1. Keira Mok (RBC Lions)
2. Jovi Wat (RBC Lions)
3. Andy Ma (RBC Lions)

AsiaXpat holds off Unicorns to advance to SCIHL Championship finals

Both teams came in with several top players away, so it was anyone's game.
Unicorns pressed early in the game and Andrew Rueger opened the scoring with a laser to the top corner short side catching Martin Jim showing a little light next to his head. Xpats replied just over a minute later as Michael Lam pounced on a rebound and past Arthur Chan to tie the game.

Although the Unicorns were showing opportunities, they weren’t getting shots on net and in the ensuing play - Xpats were able to take advantage. Sam WH Wong
getting a big goal in the low slot after being setup by captain Paul Chai from behind the net and Allan Yee following up with a long-awaited goal of his own to put Xpats 3-1 up after 1. Unicorns outshooting Xpats 11-5.

Rueger got one back early in the 2nd and the Unicorns increased the pressure getting more shots on net but Jim was holding the fort until the Unicorns took a penalty late in the 2nd. Jimmy Thai scoring a big powerplay goal for Xpats closing the 2nd with a 4-2 lead.

The Unicorns weren’t going away though and in this see-saw game Rick Chu got one back early to make it 4-3, only for Lam to once again, reply just a minute later to restore the 2- goal lead with 9 minutes to play. Shortly after the faceoff, Rueger completed his hattrick with an unassisted goal to make it 5-4 with 8 minutes to go and setting up a tense ending.

Unicorns pulled their goalie late in the game and Xpats had an empty net to finish off the game only to miss the net and have a 2 on 0 come back the other way, but Jim once again bailed them out to preserve the lead and punch their ticket to the final.

This was a really exciting game to watch as numerous chances came and went for both teams in an evenly played game.

Arthur Chan (Unicorns) faced 17 shots, while Martin Jim (AsiaXpat) faced 24 shots.

Three Stars of the game:
1. Michael Lam (AsiaXpat)
2. Jimmy Thai (AsiaXpat)
3. Andrew Rueger (Unicorns)

The SCIHL Championship final will be played on 14 March 2024 at 10:30pm between #1 seed RBC Lions and #2 seed AsiaXpat.

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