In the game to decide who will go home and who will continue on to the SHL final, #1-seeded AWARE faced off against the #4-seeded Hertz. Hertz won the first game 3-2 and AWARE winning the second game 4-3 in overtime. Both teams were missing key players as well, AWARE was missing Roman Larin, who was replaced by Beer Thamwongsin, while Hertz was missing Darius Konotopetz, who was replaced by Thor Chartsuwan.
Andy Brine of Hertz started things off six minutes into the game when he received a pass from Sebastian Ranger, but AWARE’s defense shut things down for the rest of the first period. Seven minutes into the second period Hertz increased their lead to two when Mangkorn Sukwiboon let a wrister go from just inside the blue line after he received a pass from Yean Thanakroekkiat. With just under two minutes left in the second period Chartsuwan scored for Hertz with the assists coming from Thanakroekkiat and Brine and things weren’t looking good for AWARE, down 3-0. But with just 12 seconds left in the second period, AWARE finally get on the board when Phu Suwachirat found the back of the net on an assist by Christian Olofsson.
Aware tied things up in the third period when Bill Bredesen scored twice, one just 20 seconds into the third period and the second at the 3:15 mark, with assists going to Ryan Yaden and Devin Michael, respectively. Neither team could take advantage until Mat Sigel of AWARE was called for hooking with eight-and-a-half minutes left in the game and one minute later, Sukwiboon scored his second of the night. With just two minutes left in the game, AWARE pulled their netminder Patrick Leduc to try and score a quick goal and force overtime, but with just over a minute left in the game, Stephen Sproule caught a lead pass just as he entered the neutral zone and sent the puck down the ice and into the net to seal AWARE’s fate and send Hertz to their third consecutive final (the team was known as Hooters in its first SHL season).
TRUE and Hertz will face off in the SHL final set for March 16th, 2019 at 7:15pm at the Rink, 7th floor, Central Grand Rama IX. This will be TRUE goaltender’s Lance Parker’s second time in the final game though this time, he will be facing his former team, Hertz. TRUE and Hertz have faced each other six times in the regular season with Hertz winning the first three games and TRUE winning the second three games, so this final game should be an exciting one to watch.