In our second game of the night at 9:30, we had Aware going head to head with the Novotel Spitfires. Novotel totally dominated this game beating Aware 6-1. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Mike Freeson for his 2 goals on the night.
Hertz captain Justin St Denis didn’t say that — Pierre Choderlos de Laclos was the one who coined the term — but he might as well have. Hertz THUMPED the Novotel Spitfires 10-2 in week eight of the SHL season as payback for a 9-3 thumping at the hands of Novotel earlier in the year.
Novotel keeper Gabor Toth went from earning the first shutout of the SHL season a week previously with a stand-out performance to playing, well, can we just say that SHL analysts are still searching for a way to describe it.
Though the final results were similar the two games played out in week seven of the 2018-19 Sport Corner Siam Hockey League (SHL) season were both very close and entertaining. In the first game played on Thursday November 29th, with just over seven minutes left in the third period AWARE came back from a 3-2 deficit to score three straight goals to top Hertz 5-3 stretching their unbeaten streak alive at seven. In game two, TRUE came ever so close to claiming their first win of the season as Lance Parker turned in a very impressive performance stopping 29 shots only to be out done by the keeper at the other end, Gabor Toth, who stood on his head, stopping 26 shots and earning his first shutout of the season as Novotel won 2-0.
Game one saw AWARE jump out to a 1-0 lead on a first-period goal by acting captain Devin Michael. Early in the second period Ryan Yaden scored the first of his two goals on the night. But Hertz stuck back with goals from Moo Tengsakul and former AWARE forward Darius Konotopetz to leave the score tied at two going into the third period. Hertz went ahead when Moo scored his second goal of the game halfway through the third period but AWARE rallied to win with three unanswered goals by Harrison Oztemel, Yaden and Mat Sigel. Yaden was the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game for his two-goal effort and is quickly earning himself a reputation as the “Phil Esposito of the Siam Hockey League” for his uncanny ability to puck in pucks from goalmouth scrambles.
Dream Ungkulpattanasuk stopped 28 of the shots fired at him in the Hertz net while AWARE’s Patrick Leduc turned aside 21 of the 24 shots fired his way. Both teams were missing key players as Andy Brine was serving a one-game suspension for Hertz and AWARE was missing three key defensemen (captain Patrik Lundback, Roman Larin and Christian Olofsson). Ironically both of Christian’s brothers (Anders, Henrik) substituted for Hertz on this night.
Game two was ever so close with momentum shifts back and forth throughout the night with each keeper making one good save after another. The White Walkers, as Novotel has come to be known, prevailed in the end with Brandon Vick scoring the first and winning goal unassisted at 7:16 of the first period and Corry Day adding an empty-netter with 1;12 on the clock for his league-leading tenth goal of the campaign. Novotel’s Matt Johnson earned the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game award, a rarity as he earned it for his defensive play, stopping and breaking up a number of TRUE plays throughout the night. Players are mostly noted for their offensive exploits, so it was nice to see the D get some love.
After seven games, Novotel’s Corry Day continues to be the SHL’s scoring leader with 18 points (10G, 8A); linemate Michael White is in second spot with 14 points (5G, 9A); AWARE’s Harrison Oztemel (7G, 5A) is in third spot with 12 points and his teammates Roman Larin and Juhani Ijas are tied in fourth spot with 10 points each (4 G, 6A).
Games on Sunday December 2nd were unfortunately canceled as a number of players were out of town but SHL action continues on Thursday December 13th with Hertz playing Novotel at 8:30pm and AWARE playing TRUE at 9:30pm. Admission is free and all games take place at the Rink, 7th floor, Central Grand Rama IX.
The sixth set of games in the 2018-19 Sport Corner Siam Hockey League (SHL) took place on Sunday, November 18th. AWARE walloped TRUE 9-2 in the first match while the Novotel Spitfires stomped on Hertz 9-3 in the second game of the evening.
Each team has played each other twice so far and we don’t have a split in any series: AWARE has won all its games; Novotel has swept its matches with TRUE and Hertz and been swept by AWARE; Hertz has lost its games to Aware and Novotel, but swept TRUE; and TRUE, unfortunately, is still looking for its first win.
Game one on this evening, saw AWARE score three goals in each period jumping out to 3-0 first period lead on goals by Ryan Yaden, Harrison Oztemel and Phu Suwachirat. Yaden, again, Devin Michael and Dmitrii Maslov added second-period markers, and then in the third Keer, again, Bill Bredesen and Juhani Ijas, finished off the AWARE scoring. Winnie Luckanatinakorn with two assists on the night was named the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game, a high honor for the Thai teenager, playing his first season in the SHL. Roman Larin had three assist for AWARE in the game.
TRUE who was missing four regulars on the night, battled hard and Jordan Ashton and Ith Vatanapanyakul scored for them. Unfortunately, Ashton was ejected late in the second period after arguing a cross-checking penalty he had just received and as he is tied for the team’s scoring lead with captain Mike Wilson, his presence was missed in the third and final period.
AWARE’s Patrick Leduc turned aside 26 of the 28 shots fired his way, making some key saves along the way, while his counterpart in the TRUE twine Lance Parker had a rougher time of it stopping only 30 of the 39 shots he received. To be fair to Lance though, AWARE just has so many weapons (7 different scorers on this night) and they come at you in waves.
Game two saw Hertz jump out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by captain Justin St. Denis but they didn’t score again until the third period after Novotel had scored seven unanswered goals. Brandon Vick was the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game in this game with his terrific 4-point night (3G, 1A). He has teamed with Corry Day and Michael White to form the most potent line in the SHL this season. The linemates each had four points with White chipping in two goals and two assists and Day adding four helpers. Outstanding rushing defenseman Ken Kindborn had his own 4-point night (1G, 3A) and dominated play when he was on the ice. Mangkorn Sukwiboon and La Chamnanrattanakul also scored for Hertz.
In a bizarre incident late in the second period, Hertz’s Andy Brine started arguing with the referee after thinking he’d been called for a slashing penalty – he hadn’t. Unfortunately, his actions led to an unsportsmanlike minor and then as the incident escalated a game misconduct (plus automatic one-game suspension) for abuse of an official. Without Brine, their best player, Hertz had to skate into the third period against a Novotel attack, which is hard enough to defend against even when you have a full team.
Gabor Toth stopped 22 of the 25 shots fired at him by Hertz shooters while Dream Ungkulpattanasukturned aside 22 of the 31 missiles he faced on the night, but in this game, Gabor made the key saves at the right time while Dream struggled after delivering a number of outstanding performances earlier in the season.
After six games, Novotel’s Corry Day continues to be the SHL’s scoring leader with 17 points (9G, 8A); linemate Michael White is in second spot with 14 points (5G, 9A); AWARE’s Harrison Oztemel (6G, 4A) is tied for third spot with 10 points with teammate Roman Larin (4G, 6A) and Juhani Ijas sits in fourth spot with 9 points (4 G, 5A).
SHL action continues on Thursday November 29th with Hertz playing AWARE at 8:30pm and Novotel playing TRUE at 9:30pm. Admission is free and all games take place at the Rink, 7th floor, Central Grand Rama IX.
The fifth set of games in the 2018-19 Siam Hockey League (SHL) took place on Thursday, November 15th. Action in the first match saw TRUE outshoot Hertz 36-20, but some outstanding goaltending from Dream Ungkulpattanasuk, who earned his second straight Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game award, saw Hertz defeat TRUE 2-1 for their second one-goal victory over TRUE this season.
The night’s second game saw the Novotel Spitfires give AWARE a run for their money, but in the end, the big red juggernaut won its fifth in a row, 7-4.
So, after five weeks of SHL action, AWARE at 5-0 sits undefeated at the top of the table, with Novotel in second at 3-2, Hertz in third spot at 2-3 and TRUE winless in fourth spot at 0-5.
In game one, the elusive Andy Brine staked Hertz to a 1-0 lead late in the first period on a nice pass from Mangkorn Sukwiboon. In the middle of the third period, TRUE tied it up with Jordan Ashton finishing off a nice three-way passing play with captain Mike Wilson and sub Patrick Forstner. But under a minute later, Mangkorn put Hertz ahead for good on assists from Yean Thanakroekkiat and Sebastien Ranger.
The story of this game was Dream as he made a number of outstanding saves, one backhand grab, reminiscent of Dominik Hasek, robbed Jordan Ashton of what seemed like a sure goal, drawing a collective gasp from the captivated audience.
This was by far TRUE’s best game as they dominated puck procession and moved the puck around very well but Dream stopped all their shots, except one.
Game two saw AWARE and Novotel trade leads throughout the game; Novotel jumped out to a 1-0 on Corry Day’s first goal midway through the first but AWARE’s Roman Larin tied it in the final minute of the first period. Novotel went back in front when Corry Day scored his second of the night, but AWARE struck back on goals by Juhani Ijas and Christian Olofsson. Corry Day completed his natural trick halfway through the second but AWARE sub Moo Tengsakul scored with just over a minute to play in the second stanza giving AWARE at 4-3 lead heading into the second intermission. Phu Suwacharit made it 5-3 halfway through the third but Novotel drew within one goal again as Ken Kindborn scored an unassisted goal.
With just over a minute left in the game, Corry Day took an unfortunate hooking call and Juhani Ijas on a seeing-eye blast from the point made it 6-4; the last AWARE goal was scored by Dmitri Maslov into an empty net. Ijas had a brilliant game and with two goals was named the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game.
Novotel captain Brad Wilson helps out Novotel keeper Gabor Toth as three AWARE players hover in front on the goal.
Gabor Toth stopped 19 of the 26 well-placed shots fired at him by AWARE snipers while Patrick Leduc turned aside 13 of the 17 projectiles Novotel hurled at him including an incredible leg save on Corry Day at a key juncture in the game which would have tied the score.
The key in both games was that the winning goalies made important saves at pivotal moments, which had they not done so would have led to momentum changes and possible losses.
History was also made in this game as two female competitors faced off against each other for the first time in SHL history as Novotel’s Carly Hill went up against AWARE’s Caley Steinert.
After five games, Novotel’s Corry Day continues to be the SHL’s scoring leader with 13 points (9G, 5A); linemate Michael White is in second spot with 10 points (3G, 7A); AWARE’s Harrison Oztemel is in third spot with 8 points (5G, 3A); and AWARE’s Roman Larin and Phu Suwachirat (4 G, 3A) are tied for fourth spot with 7 points each.
SHL action continues on Sunday, November 15th with TRUE playing AWARE at 8:30pm and Novotel playing Hertz at 9:30pm. Admission is free and all games take place at the Rink, 7th floor, Central Grand Rama IX.
The fourth set of games in the 2018-19 Siam Hockey League (SHL) took place on Thursday November 8th. Action in the first match saw the Novotel Spitfires trounce TRUE 7-2, while AWARE maintained their unbeaten streak topping Hertz 3-1 in the evening’s second contest, 6-3.
In the first game, TRUE jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after Jordan Ashton scored the first of his two goals on the night. Novotel stormed back with goals by Corry Day and Ernesto Bauer to take a 2-1 lead going into the second period. Four unanswered goals by Ken Kindborn (on a nice give and go with Scott Murray), David Boere (rooftop finish on a nice feed from Carly Hill), Corry Day again and Michael White made it 6-1 at the end of the second period. Early in the third stanza, Jordan Ashton scored his second goal of the night on a superb coast-to-coast rush to make it 6-2, but Brandon Vick added another goal for a Novotel late in the game to make it a 7-2 final.
Frustration is starting to show on the TRUE side as it was the team’s fourth straight loss. A very good team on paper, some key injuries and absences have hindered this team from reaching its potential. But in this particular game it came down to Novotel’s snipers taking full advantage of their opportunities as they were able to score seven times on the 25 shots they fired at Lance Parker while Gabor Toth, in the Novotel net, stopped 28 of the 30 shots fired his way.
Novotel’s Carly Hill, with two assists and some stellar defensive play, was named the Rolling Stone Pizza player of the game. Carly’s McGill Martlets were recently named to McGill University’s Sports Hall of Fame for their incredible 37-4-1 run during the 2007-08 season. McGill is one of Canada’s finest universities, so it truly was a great honor for Carly’s squad.
Game two started out evenly, with good defense on both sides. Harrison Oztemel staked AWARE to a 1-0 lead early in the second period, and AWARE captain Patrick Lundback increased the lead to 2-0 early in the third when he walked in and fired a wrist shot past Hertz keeper Dream Ungkulpattanasuk. But Hertz captain Justin St Denis brought his team back to within one with six minutes left to play in the game. Phu Suwachirat, however, took advantage of a late interference call to Sebastien Ranger to score a nice power play goal with 54 seconds left on the clock ensuring AWARE’s victory. Juhani Ijas set up both AWARE’s first and third goals, earning “star of the match” for his squad. Midway through the second period, AWARE goalie Patrick Leduc took a shot high in the throat area from Mangkorn Sukwiboon, but he was able to play on, eventually stopping 21 of the 22 pucks he faced.
Dream had a really solid game, stopping 31 of 34 shots in a losing cause winning Rolling Stone Pizza player of the game honors. Hertz must be given a lot of credit for hanging tough in this match: Andy Brine, La Chamnanrattanakul and Mangkorn all had chances to score but couldn’t bury the biscuit and Yean Thanakroekkiat rang one off the post.
After four games, Novotel’s Corry Day is the SHL’s scoring leader with 10 points (6G, 4A); linemate Michael White is in second spot with 9 points (3G, 6A); AWARE’s Harrison Oztemel is in third spot with 8 points (5G, 3A); and TRUE’s Jordan Ashton (4 G,1 A) and AWARE’s Roman Larin (3 G, 2A) are tied for fourth spot with 5 points each.
The next SHL action takes place on Thursday November 15th with TRUE playing Hertz at 8:30pm and undefeated AWARE playing Novotel at 9:30pm. Admission is free and the games take place at the Rink, 7th floor, Central Grand Rama IX.
In our second game, we had a struggling TRUE facing off against the number one team, Aware. TRUE got on the scoreboard early, but they just couldn’t contain Aware offensively. The final score of the game was 6-3
The third set of games in the 2018-19 Siam Hockey League (SHL) took place on Sunday October 28th. Action in the first contest saw the Novotel Spitfires beat Hertz 3-1, while AWARE stretched their win streak to three straight topping TRUE in the evening’s second match 6-3.
In the first game, Hertz seemed a tad complacent coming off their thrilling 3-2 OT over TRUE in week two, while the Novotel Spitfires seemed determined and focused from the get-go trying to forget their 6-3 thrashing to AWARE the previous week.
Novotel jumped into a quick 2-0 first-period lead on goals by substitute Ben Dolgin Gardner and David Boere. The team increased its lead to 3-0 midway through the second stanza on a snipe by Michael White, but Hertz’s Yean Thanakroekkiat spoiled Gabor Toth’s shut-out bid with ten minutes left in the game. Making up for a lackadaisical showing last week, Toth turned in a very strong performance stopping 30 of the 31 shots sent his way, while Hertz’ Dream Ungkulpattanasuk stopped 18 of the 21 shots fired at him.
Novotel’s Ken Kindborn was the Rolling Stone Pizza player of the game. Ken returned to Thailand to play in the SHL so he would be eligible to play for the Thai national team and he has made quite the impression so far, both offensively and defensively, on the Spitfires blueline.
The final score in game two was a little bit misleading as the game was a seesaw battle and tied 3-3 with ten minutes to go but then AWARE pulled away with three late goals.
TRUE jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a goal by substitute Patrick Forstner, who was filling in for captain Mike Wilson. Roman Larin tied it up for AWARE with two minutes left in the period, but Tan Limpinphet sent TRUE ahead again with a few seconds left in the first, scoring on a nice rush. Thai national team coach Juhani Ijas tied it up early in the second period with a “sick” goal on a nice set-up from Bill Bredesen. Juhani deked Lance out of his jockstrap, in a move that left the crowd in awe.
Phu Suwachirat gave AWARE a 3-2 lead with just under three minutes to play in the second, but Tan once again tied it for TRUE just as the period ended. Halfway through the third period, the game swung in AWARE’s however, as a pair of goals by Harrison Oztemel and a single by Matt Sigel sealed the deal. Harrison was named the Rolling Stone Pizza player of the game for his three-point performance (2G, 1A) and he almost tallied a hat-trick in the dying seconds. Juhani also had a three-point night (1G, 2A).
Tan had an outstanding game for TRUE scoring the team’s second goal late in the first period by powering down the right side of the rink, driving to the goal and then slamming the puck past AWARE goalie Patrick Leduc; then late in the second period, he did the same thing but from the other side of the rink driving to the net, faking Leduc to the right and letting the puck slide by him to the left, tying the game at three.
AWARE’s Leduc stopped 14 of the 17 fired his way, while TRUE’s Lance Parker blocked 25 of the 31 shots fired at him by the AWARE juggernaut.
The next SHL action takes place on Thursday, November 8th with Novotel playing the TRUE at 8:30pm and undefeated AWARE playing Hertz at 9:30pm. Admission is free and the games take place at the Rink, 7th floor, Central Grand Rama IX.
The second set of games in the 2018-19 Siam Hockey League (SHL) took place on Thursday, October 18th. Action in the first contest saw AWARE thump the Novotel Spitfires 6-3, while in the evening’s second match Hertz defeated TRUE 3-2 in an overtime thriller.
Roman Larin made his SHL debut for AWARE and what a debut it was as he won the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game award scoring two goals and adding an assist, becoming the second Pattaya-based player to earn PoG honors in the young SHL season, as Aaro Vuorma did the same last week.
AWARE was missing captain Patrik Lundback for this game, but it didn’t seem to slow them down as they fired 36 shots at Novotel keeper Gabor Toth. They brought their sharpshooters for this game as both Larin and Thai teenager Winnie Luckanatinakorn fired laser-like top-corner blasts past a stunned Toth. Harrison Oztemel and Vuorma also scored for AWARE as did Anders Olofsson, with a blast from the point, subbing in for his brother, Christian.
Brandon Vick, Corry Day and David Boere scored for Novotel, who fired 28 shots at AWARE keeper Patrick Leduc. Ironically, both Day and Boere played for AWARE last season, so they may have had some insider knowledge on where to shoot on Leduc, who in this game made a number of key spots every time Novotel tried to gain momentum and get back in the game.
Unfortunately, late in the game, Corry Day was knocked hard into the AWARE net by Oztemel earning a nasty lump on his cheek; but the next morning, he was back in the gym working out. Canadian farm boys – tough as nails.
In game two, Hertz jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals by Thai national team players Yean Thanakroekkiat and Champ Supadilokluk, but TRUE fought back to tie it up on third-period markers by Jordan Ashton and captain Mike Wilson. TRUE applied all kinds of pressure in the final minutes as head referee Jeremy Hutchins handed out three quick penalties in succession to Hertz players Andy Brine, Champ Supadilokluk and Jari Eerikainen. But Hertz amazingly killed off all three penalties, with some great goaltending by Dream Ungkulpattanasuk sending the game into OT.
In the OT stanza, the action was heated and back-and-forth but Yean ended it scoring his second goal of the night after deking out TRUE keeper Lance Parker on a breakaway. Moments before, at the other end of the ice, Jordan Ashton had lost the puck to the wet ice on a breakaway. Yean earned Rolling Stone Pizza PoG honours, which was both fitting and deserving as it was his birthday. TRUE outshot Hertz 28-19 on the game and did earn a point for their overtime loss.
Panvipa “Pang” Suksirivecharuk made history by being the first female to officiate an SHL game and she did a good job not backing down from anyone.
The next SHL action takes place this Sunday, October 28th with Hertz playing the Novotel Spitfires at 8:30 pm and undefeated AWARE playing TRUE at 9:30 pm. Admission is free and the games take place at the Rink, 7th floor, Central Grand Rama IX.
Photography by Tadamasa Nagayama