Week two SHL action sees Titanium and Aware earn victories
Just as the mantra of the first week of SHL action was “shootout victories”, the mantra for the second week was “missing key players”. Playing without second overall pick, Geoff McIntyre, who was recently placed on the Injury Reserve list, the Sukhumvit Spitfires were also missing skilled forwards Dave McBurney and Harrison Oztemel in their match against Titanium/Sport Corner, who were missing their captain Zak Garofolo. In the second match, the Hooters Nana squad were missing key offensive fireplugs Andy Brine and David Blomquist, but they choose not to pick up any replacements and as a result had a hard time matching Aware’s firepower.
After all the replacements and injuries were sorted the four teams did battle: in the first contest, Titanium/Sport Corner beat the Sukhumvit Spitfires 4-2 and Aware dominated Hooters Nana 7-2 the evening’s second match.
SHL President John Schachnovsky acted as Titanium’s captain on the night and he and nifty Jouni Heinonen lead the way on the evening with Schachnovsky scoring a goal and an assist, and Heinonen popping in two markers as well as adding an assist. Panithi “Jeto” Nawasmittawong scored Titanium’s other goal. Gabor Toth, with 15 saves on the night, had another tremendous game between the twines for Titanium and handled his disappointment at not being named player of the game two weeks in a row well, saying “Of course, I played good, but Jouni (named Rolling Stone game MVP) played well too.”
Adrian Meyers had another huge game for the Spitfires, scoring two goals, including one he popped in after a razzle-dazzle end-to-end rush, but missing some key players the Sukhumvit bench looked in disarray and the Spitfires never seemed to find their groove. The times that they did threaten Gabor stood tall resembling his countryman, Nikolai Khabibulin, the Bulin Wall. Credit must also go to the Spitfires goalkeeper Jason Cotsmire, who made 22 saves keeping his team in the contest throughout the game. The nimble Titanium defense was led by Remo Nyffenegger and Jykri, who each had two assists on the night.
Patrik Lundback dominated the second game winning the Rolling Stone Pizza MVP as he had two goals and controlled the tempo of the game throughout. The former Swedish elite player whose past teammates include ex-NHLer Ulf Dahlen seems to glide effortlessly over the Rama 9 ice sheet. Also, scoring for Aware were Devin Keer, Brandon Vick, Tewin Chartsuwan, Darren Boodie and Chanokchan “Tan” Limpinphet. Captain Justin St Denis and Stephen Sproule tallied singles for Hooters. Yves Gaboriault had 19 saves for Aware while Dream stopped 24 shots for Hooters.
The SHL would like to thank Alex Manton for all his hard work sorting out all the timekeeping and scorekeeping issues and to Sakchai “Jeab” Chinanuvatana for doing a superb job in organizing the league’s referees.
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