Donny Kerfoot makes big impression in first game & Hooters continues to hoot along
It was the first week back after the Christmas/New Year’s break (week five of SHL action) and in game one the Sukhumvit Spitfires set out to avenge a 7-0 drubbing to AWARE in week 3 of SHL action. And the Spitfires did just that defeating AWARE 5-4 in the SHL’s first 3-on-3 overtime finish.
After winning the first game they played, Sukhumvit has struggled losing Geoff McIntyre, the second overall pick, to a season-ending injury. But it looks like they have found his replacement in Manitoba-born Donny Kerfoot, who razzled and dazzled on the second night scoring two goals and an assist, and beautifully setting up David Boere’s game-winning goal.
Donny was the Rolling Stone Pizza player of the game for his three-point effort. Arnupap “Ob” Charoenrak, Scott Murray and David Boere also scored for Sukhumvit. while Darren Boodle turned in quite the performance for AWARE popping in a hat-trick with Devin Michael adding a goal and assist for AWARE as well.
Ironically, Lance Parker was in net for AWARE the last two times these teams played, substituting for Yves Gaboriault. On this night, however, he was substituting for the Spitfires’ Jason Cotsmire, and he earned the win again stopping 17 of the shots he faced, while Yves Gaboriault, back in the twines for AWARE stopped 23 of the 28 shots he faced.
Both teams now have identical 2-3 records but AWARE has two overtime losses and as they gained a point in each loss they sit in third place ahead of Sukhumvit in the standing with six points compared to the Spitfires’ four.
In the second game, Hooters continued to roll along, earning their third straight victory by defeating Sport Corner/Titanium 3-2 in a closely-fought contest. Hooters has been on a tear ever since Andy Brine and David Blomquist joined the team.
Paul Stoddart, Michael White and Teerapol “La” Chamnanrattanakul scored for Hooters on the night while John Schachnovsky continued his torrid scoring streak for Sport Corner/Titanium netting a goal and an assist with Mike Wilson added a single tally. Schachnovsky continues to lead SHL scorers with 5 goals and 7 assists. He’s followed by the Hooters Stephen Sproule with 3 goals and 4 assists; Hooters’ Paul Stoddart with 5 goals and one assist; AWARE’s Devin Micheal with 4 goals and 2 assist; and AWARE’s Darren Boodle with 4 goals and 1 assist.
Hooters’ goalie Pattarapol “Dream” Ungkulpattanasuk was the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-game in the second contest, stopping 17 of the shots fired at him, while Gabor Toth in the Sport Corner/Titanium net stopped 18 shots.
Both Sport Corner/Titanium and Hooters Nana have identical 3-2 records, but Hooters Nana sits atop the SHL with seven points due to the point they earned in an earlier OT loss.
All four teams iced ten players on the night as many of the Thai players in the league had a national team practice they had to attend.
League action continues at “the Rink”, Central Grand Rama 9, on Sunday January 15th with AWARE taking on Hooters at 8:30 and Sukhumvit facing off against Sport Corner/Titanium at 9:30.
(SHL league rules were recently changed so now if a game ends in a tie after regulation time, there will be a 3-on-3 overtime for four minutes followed by a shoot-out).
For more information on the SHL check out Dom Dumais great podcasts and interviews with SHL players.