Category: Game Day Recap

Finale

Sport Corner-Titanium captures first SHL title

Well, they had to work for it this time, but rallying from a 3-2 deficit in the third period, SC-Titanium stormed back to beat Hooters Nana 4-3, winning two straight games in their best-of-three championship series to capture the inaugural Siam Hockey League (SHL) title.

Pratch Siridhara, Araya “Ith” Vatanapanyakul and Arkadi Goncharev remained absent in game two for SC-Titanium and were joined on the sidelines by star defenseman Jari Eerikainen.  Sittiphun “Nicky” Intaraha joined the team as a substitute. Hooters Nana was missing Jordan Nolan and Tommi Haakinen, and subbed Richie Jiaravanon in their place.

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Championship Game 1

Finely-tuned SC-Titanium machine soars to game one win

SC-Titanium came out flying and stayed airborne all game, thoroughly trouncing Hooters Nana 10-1 in the first game of the inaugural Siam Hockey League (SHL) championship.  

Captain Mike Wilson and Joe Lamantia were back in the SC-Titanium line-up, after missing the clinching semi-final game against AWARE.  Pratch Siridhara, Araya “Ith” Vatanapanyakul and Arkadi Goncharev were still absent though and Hooters Nana was missing Jordan Nolan and Sebastien Ranger, but both teams elected to not go for any substitute players.   

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Game 22 – 13 Feb 2017

Sukhumvit Spitfires win fourth in a row

Sukhumvit Spitfires extended their winning streak to four games by beating Sport Corner-Titanium 7-4.

In game two, both teams were missing key players as Sport Corner-Titanium was without SHL leading scorer John Schachnovsky and their captain Zak Garofolo, while the Sukumvit Spitfires were without their captain Brad Wilson and their star player, Donny Kerfoot. Trailing 5-2 at the end of the second period, Sport Corner-Titanium scored two quick goals early in the third to draw within one of the Spitfires, but Ernesto Bauer added the clincher, after earlier scoring the eventual winning goal, and Jason Bitter tallied the final marker into an empty net to seal the win for Sukhumvit. David Boere (with a nifty move in front on the neck), Simon Rindlisbacher (with a howitzer), Garrett Howden, and Adrian Meyers also scored for Sukhumvit on the night. Jouni Heinonen (returning from injury); substitute Ichiro Hara (on a top-corner blast); Jari Eerikainen; and Rob Taylor, (on a beautiful end-to-end rush), scored for SC-Titanium. Taylor became the first player (non-goalie) in SHL history to sub for two teams in one night as he substituted for AWARE in the first game.       

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Game 21 – 13 Feb 2017

AWARE nips Hooters Nana in final seconds

Week 11 SHL action saw AWARE nip Hooters Nana in 5-4 in the final five seconds of the game on Corry Day’s second goal of the night, while the Sukhumvit Spitfires extended their winning streak to four games by beating Sport Corner-Titanium 7-4.

AWARE’s Darren Boodle with a goal and two assists was the Rolling Stone Pizza player of the game in the first contest. He made two key plays early on setting up Brandon Vick’s tip-in goal for the first AWARE marker and then catching keeper Gabor Toth out of position and feeding a nice pass to AWARE captain Patrik Lundmark for AWARE’s second goal. Jordan Newman, Michael White, Gary Cosby and Andy Brine tallied for Hooters Nana.    

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Game 20 – 05 Feb 2017

In game two, Wasanun “Pop” Angkulpattanasuk stepped in to replace her brother Dream (lost to the Thai national team). Pop had an excellent game two weeks ago, but this time it wasn’t so easy as SC-Titanium threw their top guns at her. In the end, she was able to stop 27 of the 34 shots she faced, while Gabor Toth, pulling double duty again, stopped 19 of the 22 shots sent his way. SC-Titanium built up a 3-0 lead after one period; then increased that to 7-0 after two stanzas. In the third period, Hooters finally came to life scoring three times, with Vanchalerm “Top” Rutthapong scoring for the third straight game and captain Justin St. Denis and substitute Alex Gilbert adding singles. Tommi Häkkinen added two assists on defense for Hooters.

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Game 19 – 05 Feb 2017

Week 10 SHL action saw Sukhumvit Spitfires beat AWARE 3-2 in an overtime thriller in game one. Sukhumvit won its fourth overtime game, overcoming a valiant effort by AWARE.

Acting captain Murray Scott pulled keeper Lance Parker with 90 seconds to go for a sixth attacker. Seconds later Sukhumvit tied the game at 2. In OT, Murray sent Dugal Monk out with David McBurneyand Don Kerfoot as Sukhumvit’s first three players in the 4-minute OT stanza. The three swarmed the AWARE net, and won the game on a perfect feed from Kerfoot to Dugal Monk who roofed home the winning goal. Kerfoot has been quite the sensation since joining the SHL. Born on the same date as former NHL star Mike Richards, Kerfoot regularly competed against Richards as a junior player in Manitoba and it shows in the way Donny dangles and weaves his way through opposition players. Brandon Vick continued to play well for AWARE, scoring a goal and an assist moving him into fourth spot in the SHL scoring race. Darren Boodle added his sixth goal of the season for AWARE, while Kerfoot, with his seventh of the year, and substitute Tom Price, with his third of the season, added the other markers for Sukhumvit. The two teams react to overtime very differently with Sukhumvit winning four of its five overtime matches and AWARE losing four of its five OT games, despite some outstanding efforts by individual AWARE players.

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Game 18 – 29 Jan 2017

In game two, James Cox stepped in to replace regular Hooters goalie Pattarapol “Dream” Angkulpattanasuk (lost to the Thai national team) making him the fourth keeper to lace up the pads for Hooters this year, while Lance Parker continued to replace the injured Jason Cotsmire in the Sukhumvit net. Lance did such a good job on the night, stopping 28 of the 31 shots he faced, that he was named the Rolling Stone Player of the Game. James had a tougher time at the other end of the rink stopping 28 of the 36 shots fired his way.

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Game 17 – 29 Jan 2017

In game one, substitute Tom Price, who has been battling the flu, turned in a splendid performance for SC-Titanium scoring two goals while Mike Wilson added a pair of assists for SC-Titanium, giving him nine points on the season and earning him the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game award. With five minutes left in the game, Joe Lamantia scored the winning, and his first, goal of the season, on a disputed play with many AWARE players claiming the puck did not cross the line. But the goal stood and minutes later Jari Eerikainen netted the clincher for SC-Titanium sealing their victory.

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Game 16 – 26 Jan 2017

Yves Gaboriault was the Rolling Stone Pizza player of the second game – no doubt about it – his team was outshot 34-15, but with one spectacular save after another, he kept AWARE in the game until the dying seconds of overtime when Garrett Howden rammed a second rebound past him to clinch the victory for Sukhumvit. Donny Kerfoot continued to light the lamp and remind people while he played at such a high level when he was a junior as he bagged Sukhumvit’s two regulation-time goals and seemed to be all over the ice. Brandon Vick and Sebastien Verdy scored for AWARE with their sixth and second goals of the season, respectively. Sebastien also added an assist on the night.

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Game 15 – 26 Jan 2017

Hooters Nana made it a family affair replacing their regular goalie Pattarapol “Dream” Angkulpattanasuk with his sister Wasunun “Pop” Angkulpattanasuk. Pop pitted her skills against the cagey Russian goalie Gabor Toth, who was tending the twines for Sport Corner-Titanium: they both ended up making 24 saves on the night. It was a very close game with a 3-3 score going into the final minutes before Sport Corner-Titanium pulled away winning the match 5-3.

Scoring-wise it was the “Schachnovsky-Garofolo show” again with John picking up a hat-trick and assist for the second straight game and Zak chipping in two assists. Mike Wilson was also a force to be reckoned with as he picked up a goal and two assists for SC-Titanium (he now has seven points on the season).

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