Things did no look good for SC-Titanium at the beginning of the game as they learned close to puck-drop that both captain Mike Wilson and winger Joe Lamantia would be unable to play along with Pratch Siridhara, Araya “Ith” Vatanapanyakul and Arkadi Goncharev. Rob Taylor and Tarkira “Tar” Jirachai were called in as replacement players. AWARE, who was missing Darren Boodle and Stanislav Opelia, opted to not request any substitutes.
Just when it looked like the spitfires/" 4320 rel="nofollow" target="_self"> Sukhumvit Spitfires were going to ride Donny Kerfoot’s Superman cape into the SHL final, Hooters Nana came along and stepped on Donny’s cape, sending the Spitfires crashing to earth in a big way. Hooters swept both games from the Spitfires in their best of three semi-final series setting up a championship date with either SC-Titanium or AWARE, who are now locked at one game each, after SC’s nail-biting 2-1 triumph last Sunday night.
It couldn’t have been more fitting that both final games of the SHL regular season were decided by a goal. Going into the final weekend, either the spitfires/" 4320 rel="nofollow" target="_self"> Sukhumvit Spitfires or Sport Corner-Titanium could have finished first overall. But at the end of the evening, it was Sukhumvit, based on Donny Kerfoot’s game-winning shootout goal that clinched the top spot.
In game one, Hooters Nana jumped out to an early 4-0 lead as Jantaphong “Moo” Tengsakul scored a natural hat-trick (all assisted by Michael White) and David Blomquist buried a top right-hand corner wrist shot, before Sukhumvit replied with six unanswered goals, as Simon Rindlisbacher, Adrian Meyers and Garrett Howden scored singles for Sukhumvit, with Harrison Oztemel ten replicating Moo’s feat with his own natural hat trick.
A record 28 goals were scored in Week 15 SHL action as two very different games played out with AWARE smothering the spitfires/" 4320 rel="nofollow" target="_self"> Sukhumvit Spitfires 12-3 in the first match (ending Sukhumvit’s record seven-game winning streak), and Hooters Nana edging Sport Corner Titanium 7-6 in a thrilling see-saw battle in the evening’s second contest.
In the opening game, Sukhumvit was Kerfoot-less and it showed from the opening face-off, while AWARE had all its players back from the Thai national team and their crisp passing had the Spitfires’ heads spinning. AWARE started strong, jumping into a 4-0 first period lead, increasing that to 7-1 at the end of the second stanza before scoring five more times in the third period as Sukhumvit scored two goals in the closing minutes to maintain a measure of respectability and a 12-3 final.
Week 14 SHL action saw two incredibly close games yet again as in game one the spitfires/" 4320 rel="nofollow" target="_self"> Sukhumvit Spitfires rode their win streak to seven games, knocking Sport Corner Titanium out of first place with a 4-2 victory while AWARE defeated Hooters Nana 3-2 in a shootout in game two.
The opening game did not disappoint as the battle of the SHL’s two top teams, saw intense action at both ends of the ice. Sukhumvit jumped into a 3-0 lead on goals by Scott Whitcomb, Donny Kerfoot and Scott Murray before SC-Titanium stormed back with John Schachnovsky scoring a power-play goal and Zak Garofolo roofing a beautiful wrist shot past a stunned Lance Parker. Alasdair Fawcett used his fleeing speed to put Sukhumvit back in front to stay with just over six minutes left in the game.
Week 13 SHL action saw two close games as AWARE defeated SC-Titanium 4-3 in game one, while the spitfires/" 4320 rel="nofollow" target="_self"> Sukhumvit Spitfires extended their winning streak to six matches by beating Hooters Nana 5-4 in the evening’s second match.
AWARE jumped into an early 1-0 lead in game one on a goal by Devin Michael, then SC-Titanium stormed back on two goals by captain Mike Wilson (Mike took over captaincy of the club in week 12). Ryan Haynes tied it up for AWARE midway through the second period, but Wilson’s third goal of the night put SC-Titanium up in front again. Late in the period, Bill Bredesen score for AWARE to tie it and in the final stanza Brandon Vick scored for AWARE sealing the victory.
Two close games again as the spitfires/" 4320 rel="nofollow" target="_self"> Sukhumvit Spitfires won in the final minute edging Hooters Nana 7-5 in game one and Sport Corner-Titanium beat AWARE 4-3 in game two action.
In game one, the spitfires/" 4320 rel="nofollow" target="_self"> Sukhumvit Spitfires grabbed the early lead and held on to it throughout the game. But Hooters Nana scored with five minutes left to make it 5-4. And then they pulled their goalie with 90 seconds to go, and Michael White tied it with a 1:08 left on the clock. But the Spitfires Donny “the Magician” Kerfoot pulled some rabbits out of his hat, dipsy-doodling and zig-zagging his way down the ice scoring his third goal of the game with 30 seconds left—before potting an empty-netter a few seconds later to give Sukhumvit a 7-5 victory.
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.
Heart-attack kids win again and SC-Titanium continues to roll on
Week 10 SHL action saw spitfires/" 4320 rel="nofollow" target="_self"> Sukhumvit Spitfires beat AWARE 3-2 in an overtime thriller in game one, while Sport Corner-Titanium continued its winning ways thumping Hooters Nana 7-3 in game two.
Sukhumvit won its fourth overtime game, overcoming a valiant effort by AWARE. Acting captain Scott Murray 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 Dave McBurney and Donny 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 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.
Two close games as SHL teams battle it out in week 8 action
With only a few days’ rest, SHL teams were back at it in the league’s first Thursday night contest (Jan 26th) as Sport Corner-Titanium took on Hooters Nana in game one, while the spitfires/" 4320 rel="nofollow" target="_self"> Sukhumvit Spitfires faced AWARE in the evening’s second match.
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.