In the first game of week four action in the SHL Hooters Nana set out to avenge their week one shoot-out loss to the Sukhumvit Spitfires. Making their season debuts for Hooters would be star players Andy Brine and David Blomquist, who would make a tremendous difference on the blue-line, especially Brine, who zig-zags across the ice like a yo-yo on skates.
Sure enough, both players scored in their SHL debut, dominating the play when they were on the ice and controlling the traffic every time they jumped over the boards as Hooters Nana won 4-3. Brine suffered a cut above the eye in late scuffle with Ernesto Bauer, but he was checked out and cleared at a local hospital. Also scoring for Hooters on the night was Stephen Sproule (who ranks second in the SHL scoring race with six points) and Jantaphong “Moo” Tengsakul,
Down 4-1, at the end of the second-period, Sukhumvit did a gut-check and came out more focused and more determined at the beginning of the third. Marcel Bouwens quickly scored making it 4-2, Sukhumvit then kept the pressure on all period pulling goalie Jason Cotsmire in the final minutes, and Adrian Myers scored with 6.7 seconds remaining in the game to allow them to pull within one. After calling a time-out to discuss strategy, the Spitfires forced the play from the face-off and winger Harrison Oztemel, who scored earlier in the game, raced down the right side banking a shot off the end boards but time expired before any of the Sukumvit players could capitalize on the rebound.
When it was all skated and done, the Spitfires threw more rubber at Neng, who made 29 saves, replacing Dream in the Hooters Nana net. But Hooters took advantage of the opportunities handed them to even their season series with Sukhumvit at one win apiece. Credit should be given to Sukhumvit goalie Cotsmire for stopping 19 shots while playing through a nagging injury in a losing cause.
Sukhumvit captain Brad Wilson, with two assists on the night, was the Rolling Stone Pizza player of the game for inspiring his team in the comeback effort. Arnupap (Ob) Charoenrak also had two assists on the night.