Deja vu all over again; the first game of week seven in the SHL proved to be a blow-out with Sport Corner-Titanium defeating the Sukhumvit Spitfires 7-1 while the second game saw an exciting 3-2 victory for Hooters Nana over AWARE. The games were a rematch of game six contests, with Sport Corner-Titanium sweeping their two-game home & away series while AWARE & Hooters Nana split their series.
Sport Corner-Titanium goalie Gabor Toth again pulled double duty on the night winning the first game of the evening for his team and then leading Hooters Nana to victory in the second match as he replaced their regular goalie Pattarapol “Dream” Ungkulpattanasuk. Gabor made 14 saves for Sport Corner-Titanium in the first game, and 23 saves for Hooters in the second match. It is a rare feat indeed for a goaltender to earn two victories in one night. James Cox made 19 saves on the 25 shots fired his way in his SHL debut for Sukhumvit in game one, while Yves Gaboriault stopped 21 of the 24 pucks he faced for AWARE in game two.
Game one could have called this the “Schachnovsky-Garofolo show” as both finished with four points on the night. John has a hat-trick and an assist and Zak, SC’s Titanium captain, had a goal and three assists. SC-Titanium came out flying, jumping out to a 4-0 lead before Sukhumvit finally got on the board. The Spitfires one bright spot on the night was that goal as an amazing dangle by Donny Kerfoot had the entire SC-Titanium team chasing him behind the net before he slid the puck to Adrian Meyers for Sukhumvit’s lone marker. Converted defenseman Mike Wilson proved to be a force playing forward contributing a goal and assist for SC-Titanium on the night and Remo Nyffenegger and Jari Eerikainen each contributed two assists as well. DJ Sherman was the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-game scoring a goal and playing a great game on defense. Key points of note: the Spitfires were missing some top players on the night and Gabor was strong in the net. A visiting hockey scout remarked, “He seems to play much better with a lead to protect.”