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.
Gabor Toth, pulled double duty again, for the third time this season, as he played goal for Hooters Nana in the first game stopping 42 shots of the 47 pucks he faced and then stopping 21 of the 28 shots fired his way while tending goal for his regular team, SC-Titanium, in game two. Gabor faced 75 shots on the night, but the stress got to him at the end of game one as after letting in Day’s winning goal, he pushed the net out of place, threw his gloves down and stormed off the ice—it’s not easy being an SHL goalkeeper. Yves Gaboriault, who took up yoga a few months back, showed its beneficial results by turning away 21 of the 25 pucks he faced in getting AWARE back in the win column.
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.
Lance Parker won his fourth straight for Sukhumvit stopping 28 of the 32 shots AWARE fired at him, while Ernesto Bauer, with his spectacular two-goal performance, was the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game for Sukhumvit.
John Schachnovsky’s 24 points (15 goals and 9 assists) still leads the SHL; Mike Wilson’s fifteen points (6 goals & 9 assists) have him tied in second spot with Brandon Vick who has 10 goals and 5 assists; SC-Titanium’s captain Zak Garofolo sits in third with 5 goals and 9 assists; and AWARE’s captain Patrik Lundback rounds out the top five with 4 goals and 9 assists.
SC-Titanium still sits atop the SHL standings with sixteen points and an 8-3 record. Sukhumvit Spitfiies, riding their four-game win streak, sit in second spot with a 6-5-1 record with thirteen points. AWARE has twelve points and sits in third place with a 4-7-4 record and Hooters sits in last place with nine points and a 4-7-1 record (the third number in sequence stands for overtime losses, where a point is gained by the losing team).
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