Category: Game Day Recap

Spitfires stay undefeated & AWARE wins a Thriller

Sukhumvit’s Harrison Oztemel chased by Expedia’s Juhani Ijas in game one.

The third set of games in the Sport Corner Siam Hockey League (SHL) 2017-2018 season took place on Sunday November 20th. Both games were decided by one goal with the spitfires/" 4320 rel="nofollow" target="_self"> Sukhumvit Spitfires edging Expedia 4-3 in the first match, and AWARE holding on to defeat Hertz 3-2 in the evening’s second game.

There was a sub-plot in game one as Thai National team captain Tewin “Thor” Chartsuwan, subbing for Sukhumvit, was going up against Thai national team coach Juhani Ijas

Jordan Ashton on a nice pass from Iljas staked Expedia to an early 1-0 lead, but with just over a minute left in the first period, Gary Cosby led a nice rush out of the Sukhumvit end, resulting in Ernesto Bauer setting up Sukhumvit captain Brad Wilson for Sukhumvit’s tying goal. A dangerous elbow by Pratch Siridhara to Adrian Meyers’ head gave Sukhumit a man advantage early in the second stanza. As Expedia was killing the penalty to Pratch, defenseman Remo Nyffenegger drew a delayed tripping call. Harrison Oztemel scored the first of two quick goals to negate Pratch’s penalty, then Remo went to the penalty box, and Harrison scored again, his fourth of the season, both assisted by Ernesto, who had three assists on the night. 

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Suhkumvit continues to roll & AWARE earns first win

Sukhumvit’s Peam Jaratwuttipreeda turns the corner and heads up ice.

The second set of games in the young season of the Sport Corner Siam Hockey League (SHL) took place on Thursday November 16th. The opening contest saw the spitfires/" 4320 rel="nofollow" target="_self"> Sukhumvit Spitfires come back from a 4-0 deficit for a stunning 5-4 victory over Hertz, while AWARE shut-out Expedia 3-0 in the second match.

Hertz came out of the dressing room revved up like a well-oiled rent-a-car and with four minutes left in the first period held a 4-0 lead. Andy Brine scored two of those goals, while Justin St Denis and Bill Bredesen each added singles, as Hertz continually swarmed around Sukhumvit goalie Pattarapol “Dream” Ungkulpattanasuk. The Sukhumvit players tried to regroup but were in obvious shock at their early deficit. Fans feared a blow-out, but then with 13 seconds left in the first period, star defenseman Adrian Meyers blasted a shot past Hertz keeper Lance Parker that gave Sukhumvit hope going into the first intermission. Ironically, last season, Lance played for Sukhumvit and Dream was Hertz’s (then Hooters Nana) goalie. Both teams had 28 shots on net in this game.

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Expedia & Suhkumvit earn opening-night victories

The Sport Corner Siam Hockey League (SHL) launched its second season on Sunday night and if the fast-paced action was any indication of what’s to come, we are in for a real treat this year as all four teams came flying out of the gate. The opening contest saw the defending champions, Expedia (formerly Sport Corner Titanium) defeat Hertz (formerly Hooters Nana) 7-4 in a rematch of last year’s final, while the spitfires/" 4320 rel="nofollow" target="_self"> Sukhumvit Spitfires defeated Aware 5-2 in the second match of the evening.

The Thai Minister of Tourism and Sport Kobkarn Wattanarangkul graciously attended the game and dropped the puck for the ceremonial face-off between Expedia’s Juhani Ijas and Hertz’s Jantaphong “Moo” Tengsakul.  

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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

spitfires/" 4320 rel="nofollow" target="_self"> Sukhumvit Spitfires win fourth in a row

spitfires/" 4320 rel="nofollow" target="_self"> 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 spitfires/" 4320 rel="nofollow" target="_self"> 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 spitfires/" 4320 rel="nofollow" target="_self"> 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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