Hertz goalie Lance Parker got off to a somewhat shaky performance on Thursday night, after putting in an outstanding Vezina trophy-type performance just a few days before that. As a result, Novotel jumped into a 3-0 lead but Parker rallied utilizing his unique acrobatic style, allowed no more goals, Hertz scored twice and when the final buzzer sounded succumbed to the Spitfires 3-2.
Bill Bredesen opened the scoring on a nice fed from Ernesto Bauer and then Mike Freeson scored back-to-back goals and Novotel nursed a 3-0 lead until halfway thru the second period when Tan Limpinphet, with his mother watching from the stands, finally scored for Hertz. Alex Phelps added a goal early in the third and despite a late flurry from Hertz the Spitfires were able to hold on giving them a 4-3 record on the season and second overall while Hertz sits in third spot with a 3-4 record. Both teams had 26 shots on net in this contest. Novotel keeper Leo Liao earned the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game award but Mike Fresson garnered man vores as well.
Mangkorn Sukwiboon and Non Aekkasemnarong subbed for Hertz in the game as they continue to miss their star defenseman Roman Larin. Alasdair Fawcett joined Novotel full time before the game replacing the injured Dmity Maslov and Beer Thamwongsin also acted as a substitute for Novotel.
The second game saw Peak beat AWARE 6-2 but the game was much closer the score indicated as a disallowed goal and a penalty call on AWARE that many thought should have gone to Peak caused two major momentum shifts that AWARE could not recover from.
Ken Kindborn continued to sub for Peak and continued to prove why he is the best player in the country making a number of key defensive plays and setting up Peak’s last two goals. Six different players scored for Peak on this night as Hideki Nagayama (the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game), Patrick Forstner, Stephen Sproule, Ryan Yaden, Eddie McConnell, and Jesse Starosta all hit the back of the twine. The Biolabs squad was missing Yean Thanakroekkiat, Michael White and John Schachnovsky on the night.
Scoring for AWARE was captain Justin St Denis and Corry Day and the squad was missing Andrew Ross and Jari Eerikainen substituting Adam Teodorsson and Elias Bengtsson, two young Swedes who had played for the Flying Farangs top squad in the recent Land of Smiles tourney. Dream Ungkulpattanasuk stopped 16 of the 22 shots he faced for AWARE while Gabor Toth was solid in the Peak net turning aside 18 of the 20 shots fired at him.
AWARE’s Cory Day is the SHL’s leading scorer with 14 points. Ken Kindborn and Peak’s Jesse Starosta sit tied in second spot with 12 points each, while Hertz’s Phanuruj “Phu” Suwachirat and AWARE’s Justin St. Denis are tied in third place with 8 points each.
SHL action continues on Sunday, November 24t with Hertz playing Peak in game one at 8:30pm and Novotel facing Aware at 9:30.