On November 11, at 10:00 in our second game of the night, we had Aware facing off against KCG. KCG started things off with two goals in the first period, one by Winnie Luckanatinakorn and one by Michael White. In the second period, KCG increased their lead to three when Jari Eerikainen scored on Lance Parker. Early in the third period, Winnie Luckanatinakorn scored his second of the night. With just over seven minutes left to play, Aware finally get on the board when Roman Larin scored on Leo Liao. Jan Isaksson of KCG finished off the night with a goal with just four seconds left in the game. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Leo Liao for stopping 28 of 29 shots.
On November 15, at 9:00 pm, in our first game of the night we had the Novotel Spitfires going head to head with Siam Mandalay. Siam Mandalay opened things up early in the first period with a goal by Turner Johnson. Then early in the second period, Jordan Ashton of Siam Mandalay scored a power play goal to put them up by two. Ben Kleineschay closed up the net after that and the Novotel Spitfires scored three goals in the third period, one from Ken Kindborn and two from Novotel Spitfires’ captain, Mike Freeson. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Ben Kleineschay for stopping 27 of 29 shots and keeping the Novotel Spitfires in the game.
On November 15, 2020 at 9:00 pm we had Novotel Spitfires vs Siam Mandalay. Siam Mandalay started things off when Turner Johnson scored off of a pass from Alex Phelps just under three minutes into the start of the game. Less than a minute into the second period, Yean Thankroekkiat hit Johnson with a pass who split the Novotel Spitfires’ defense and hit captain, Jordan Ashton with a back hand pass who fired one past Ben Kleineschay to put Siam Mandalay up by two goals. About seven minutes into the third period, Novotel Spitfires captain, Mike Freeson received a pass from Ken Kindborn to put Novotel on the board, with the second assist coming from Tomas Stastny. With just two minutes left in the game, Kindborn tried things up for Novotel Spitfires with the assist coming from Stastny. With just ten seconds left the game, Freeson scores the game winning goal with the assist coming from Mangkorn Sukwiboon. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the game went to Ben Kkeineshcay for his outstanding play between the pipes.
The Novotel Spitfires have a habit of winning games in the final minute of play: they have done it three times this year and they did it again last Sunday defeating Siam Mandalay with just ten seconds left in the game. Siam Mandalay jumped into a 2-0 lead on goals by Turner Johnson and captain Jordan Ashton and heading into the third period it looked like Novotel was headed for its first loss of the season.
But then Novotel’s Ken Kindborn woke up, scoring two goals on Siam Mandalay keeper Dream Ungkulpattanasuk, fooling him with two long shots, the latter with 2 & 1/2 minutes left in regulation time, Then just as it looked like we were headed to overtime, Mangkorn Sukwiboon hit Captain Mike Freeson with a nice pass as he skated into the offensive zone and sent a knuckle puck over the stunned left shoulder of Dream, clinching Novotel’s fifth straight win, allowing them to remain undefeated this season. All of Novotel’s last-minute goals have come from almost the exact same place, high in the faceoff circle of the left side of the attacking zone.
In our second game of the night, at 10:00 pm, we had Aware facing off against the Novotel Spitfires. Things were pretty back and forth in the first period with neither team getting many scoring opportunities. The Novotel Spitfires scored two goals early in the second period. The first from Major Ingkharratphithakon, and the second from their captain, Mike Freeson. Early in the third period, John Schachnovsky put Aware on the board with a shot the bounced off of the Spitfires netminder, Lance Parker. Freeson increased Novotel’s lead to two again when he scored an unassisted goal in the middle of the third period. Aware tied things up with a goal by Roger Promthong and Roman Larin. With just 45 seconds left in the game, Ken Kindborn of the Novotel Spitfires scored an unassisted goal for the win. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Mike Freeson for his two goals.
In our first game of the night, at 9:00 pm, we had KCG vs Siam Mandalay. KCG came out on fire and scored 4 goals in the first period. They scored their 5th and final goal in the second period to end the game 5-2. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Jan Isaksson for his two goals in this one.
We had some surprising events and some not so surprising events this week.
In our first game of the week, at 9:00 pm, we had KCG vs Siam Mandalay. Dream Ungkulpattanasuk had a rough start, letting in four goals in the first 12 minutes of play. The goals were scored by Jan Isaksson, Winnie Luckanatinakorn, Jesse Starosta, and Phu Suwachirat. Siam Mandalay did finally get on the board when sub Hideki Nagayama launched a sweet back hand past KCG’s netminder, Leo Liao with just over three minutes left in the first period. After this, Dream Ungkulpattanasuk found his pace and prevented any more pucks entering the net until there was about a minute and a half left in the second period and Isaksson scored his second of the night. Turner Johnson did score for Siam Mandalay early in the third period, but it just wasn’t enough to revive Mandalay and the final score was 5-2 for KCG. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Jan Isaksson for his two goals on the night.
The SHL contests on Sunday November 8th saw the SHL’s two top teams continue their winning ways as KCG defeated Siam Mandalay 5-2 in game one, and the Novotel Spitfires beat Aware 4-3 in a thrilling match in game two.
Siam Mandalay was missing two of its key players Mike Wilson and Yean Thannakrokiet, the latter due to the death of his grandfather. Thai national team star Hideki Nagayama was subbing in for Wilson but Yean’s absence was announced just before game time and a quality sub couldn’t be found in time. KCG was missing Mat Siegel and Mel Dhiranusomkit and subbed in Phu Suwacharit.
In our second game of the night on November 01, 2020 at 10 pm we had Siam Mandalay vs Aware. The first period was solid for both teams with no clear advantage for either one. With twelve seconds left in the second period, Patrick Forstner of Siam Mandalay put the puck past Aware’s netminder, Gabor Toth. Just over a minute into the third period, Siam Mandalay scored their second of the night when Tan Limpinphet also found the back of the net. Aware’s captain, Justin St-Denis tried to put some life back into Aware and scored a goal a minute later, but it just wasn’t enough to stop Siam and with twelve minutes left in the game, Yean Thanakroekkiat of Siam Mandalay scored to finish the game 3-1.
In our first game of the night, on November 01, 2020 at 9:00 pm, we had Novotel Spitfires vs KCG. The battle for first place. Both teams had a record of 2-0 going into this game. The first period of this one was very back and forth with neither team getting many scoring opportunities. Early in the second period, Novotel’s captain, Mike Freeson, finally got one past Leo Liao to start things off. Things stayed at 1-0 until late in the second period when KCG took a high sticking penalty and the Spitfires took advantage with a goal by Scott Murray to put them up 2-0. Early in the second period, KCG got on the board when new player, Jan Isaksson scored on Ben Kleineschay. The game got even closer when there was a minute left in the game, KCG pulled their goalie and tied things up at 2. Unfortunately for KCG, Novotel’s Tomas Stastny received a pass from Freeson and found the back of the net to finish off the game 3-2.