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Siam Mandalay thumps Novotel big time

SHL games on Sunday, March 28th saw KCG extend Aware’s misery, beating them by a score of 5-1, while Siam Mandalay brought Novotel down to earth with a 7-4 pounding.

KCG has dominated its series with Aware this season.

Game one saw three young Thais (Punn Phasukkjwatana, Peam Juratwuttipreeda & Winnie Luckanatiakorn) score for KCG in quick succession giving the team a 3-0 lead going into the first intermission. Punnie scored his second goal of the game early in the second before Aware’s rookie-of-the-year candidate Roger Promthong broke Leo Liao’s shutout bid later in the same stanza. KCG captain Harrison Oztemel added an empty-net goal making it a 5-1 final.

It should be noted that Aware did outshoot KCG 35-24 in this contest, they just couldn’t get any breaks and KGC keeper Leo “the Great Wall of Taiwan” was a big part of that winning the Jerky Monster play-of-the week for his huge save on Masato Kitayama early in the game.

After the match, Aware defenseman Roman Larin announced that he would be leaving the team to return to his native Russia.

KCG’s Time Phatigulsate & Aware’s Kim Aarola battle for the puck.

Punn Phasukkjwatana earned himself the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game award for the first time in his career with his three-point performance (2G, 1A).

In game two, French-Canadian Seb Verdy continued his stellar play this month staking Novotel to an early 1-0 lead but it was all downhill from there for the Spitfires as Siam Mandalay struck for three quick goals from Mitch Morrison, sub Win Khuhakaew and Mike Wilson taking a 3-1 lead into the first intermission. Darius Konotopetz, centrepiece of the Crash Line, made it 4-1 early in the second, and then Ken Kindborn narrowed the lead to 4-2 but Jordan Ashton scored for Siam Mandalay making it 5-2 heading into the final stanza.

Siam Mandalay’s Homme Thaiyanont made it 6-2 early in the third; Novotel’s Major Ingharratohithakon made a valiant effort trying to bring his team close scoring two goals within 21 seconds later in the third, but Mike Wilson, scored an empty-netter, his second goal of the night, to make it a 7-4 final.

Siam Mandalay’s Mike Wilson breaks out of his zone with puck.


Aside from Major’s late heroics, Siam Mandalay dominated this game and it was very apparent how much Novotel misses defender Christoph Anliker, out with injury, who really takes a lot of pressure off of Kindborn.

Siam Mandalay captain Jordan Ashton led his team to victory and was awarded with the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game award for two-point performance (1G, 1A) and game-winning goal.

After sixteen weeks of action, the Novotel Spitfires sit atop the SHL standings with a 13-3-0 record for 26 points. KCG sits in second spot with a 10-3-3 record for 23 points. Siam Mandalay is in third position with a 8-7-1 record for 17 points and Aware is in the cellar with a 1-15 record for 2 points.

Siam Mandalay’s Non Aekkasemnarong prepares to unleash a slapshot.

The SHL scoring race still sees Novotel claiming the top three spots with Tomas Stastny at 32 points, followed by teammates Mike Freeson with 21 points and Ken Kindborn with 30 points. KCG teammates Jan Isaksson & Patrick Forstner are in fourth and fifth place respectively with 27 & 25 points each.

Barring COVID-19 restrictions SHL action resumes at the Imperial Samrong on April 18th with KCG playing Novotel at 9pm and Siam Mandalay facing off against Aware at 10pm. Top spot is still up for grabs, although the Novotel only has to win one game to claim that prize, and then it can choose its playoff opponent.

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Novotel & KCG capture back-to-back series

The SHL games on Sunday March 7th were the second of two games in a back-to-back series with KCG beating Aware by a 6-4 score in the evening’s first match and Novotel Spitfires defeating Siam Mandalay 6-1 in the evening’s second game.

Aware took an early lead in game one as Masasto Kitayama scored the first of his two-first period goals and then Pann Hongswadhi tied it for KCG midway in the first but Masato’s second goal saw Aware head into the intermission with a 2-1 lead.

Aware’s captain Justin St Denis heads up ice against KCG.

Three second-period goals by KCG in quick succession from Punn Phasukkjwatana, Jan Isaksson and Jesse Starosta saw KCG take the lead 4-2 heading into the second period. Patrick Forstner and Peam Juratwuttipreeda staked KCG to 6-2 lead midway through the third period. Aware did stage a late rally on two goals by captain Justin St. Denis but it was a case of too little too late.

Pann Hongswadhi earned himself the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game award for the first time in his career with his three-point performance (1G, 2A).

Aware’s John Schachnovsky heads inti the cortner wit KCG’s Andy Tse.


Game two saw Tan Limpinphet open the scoring for Siam Mandalay and they had a 1-0 lead going into the second period but that’s all the scoring Jordan Ashton’s team could muster on this night.

Substitute Michael White tied it up for Novotel halfway through the second period and then Mangkorn Sukwiboon hit Novotel captain Mike Freeson with a long pass sending him on a breakaway and he deked out Siam Mandalay keeper Dream Ungkulpattanasuk with a nice move for what would prove to be the winning goal on the night. Freeson added another goal late in the period to send Novotel into the second intermission with a 3-1 lead.

Seb Verdy scored for the third time in three games to put Novotel ahead 4-1early in the third period. And then Thai national team captain Ken Kindborn made the score 5-1 with a beautifully placed wrist shot that normally would have won him the Jerky Monster play-of-the-week but that honor this time went to Major Ingharratohithakon for the final Novotel goal where he put the puck through his legs and lifted it from behind his back to finish off the scoring on the night.

Novotel captain Mike Freeson corrals the puck

Novotel captain Mike Freeson was awarded the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game award for three-point performance (1G, 2A) and game-winning goal.

After thirteen weeks of action, the Novotel Spitfires sit atop the SHL standings with a 12-1-0 record for 22 points. KCG sits in second spot with a 8-3-2 record for 16 points. Siam Mandalay, the only team to beat Novotel, is in third position with a 5-7-1 record for 11 points and Aware is in the cellar with a 1-12 record.

The SHL scoring race still sees Novotel claiming the top three spots with Tomas Stastny at 27 points, followed by teammates Mike Freeson with 22 points and Ken Kindborn with 23 points. KCG teammates Jan Isaksson & Patrick Forstner are in fourth and fifth place respectively with 22 & 20 points each.

Novotel’s Christoph Anliker extends against Siam Mandalay’s Turner Johnson.

SHL action in this back-to-back series continues at the Imperial Samrong on March 14th with KCG playing Novotel at 9pm and Siam Mandalay facing off against Aware at 10pm.

Novotel & KCG continuing their winning ways

The first SHL game on Sunday, February 28th saw the Novotel Spitfires defeat Siam Mandalay 7-5. The second match saw KCG beat Aware by a 7-2 score.

Game one saw Novotel jump out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Major Ingharratohithakon and Ken Kindborn but Siam Mandalay, as they are prone to do, bounced back with markers from Crash Line members Turner Johnson and Darius Konotopetz sending the teams tied at two into the first intermission.

Chritoph Anliker put Novotel back in front early in the second period with a remarkable rush that ended with a remarkable deke past Siam Mandalay keeper Dream Ungkulpattanasuk earning him the Jerky Monster play-of-the week. The teams continued to swap goals as Konotopetz scored to tie it at three and then Novotel’s Seb Verdy scored his third goal in two games before substitute Win Khuhakeaw scored for Siam Mandalay to send the teams tied at four into the second intermission.

Novotel’s Seb Verdy fends off Siam Mandalay’s Alex Phelps.

Novotel captain Mike Freeson was getting tired of his team’s lackadaisical performance and gave them a good talking to during the break. As a result, a much more forceful Novotel appeared from the dressing room in the third period scoring three unanswered goals; two by Tomas Stastny and one by Mangkorn Sukwiboon. Siam Mandalay’s Johnson added a goal late in the game to make it a 7-4 final.

Stastny had a four-point night, following his six-point performance the previous Sunday, and the star player came close to replicating his father’s six- and eight-point nights in successive games with the Quebec Nordiques in the 1980s.

But on this night, Mangkorn Sukwiboon was awarded the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game award for his outstanding play and four-point performance (1G, 3A).

Siam Mandalay’s Turner Johnson in flight as Novotel’s Major Ingharratohithakon gives chase.


The second game turned into another Jan Isaksson show as he started and finished the scoring for KCG leading them to a 7-2 victory and adding two assists along the way. Jan made it 1-0 early in the game, Aware’s Kim Aarola tied it at one and then Time Phatigulsate staked KCG to 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission.

KCG increased their lead to 5-1 on markers by Jesse Starosta, Mel Dhiranasukorn and captain Harrison Oztemel on a nice top-corner snipe. Aware’s Brandon Vick scored early in the third to give his team some hope but KCG’s Isaksson snuffed out that rally quickly with two straight goals making it a 7-2 final.

Isaksson earned himself the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game award again for his second straight four-point performance (3G, 1A).

KCG’s Patrick Forstner corrals the puck as Aware players give chase.

After twelve weeks of action, the Novotel Spitfires sit atop the SHL standings with a 11-1-0 record for 22 points. KCG sits in second spot with a 7-3-2 record for 16 points. Siam Mandalay, the only team to beat Novotel, is in third position with a 5-6-1 record for 11 points and Aware is in the cellar with a 1-11 record.

Tomas Stastny of the Novotel Spitfires has now taken over the SHL scoring race witt 25 points. Teammate Mike Freeson is in second spot with 22 points while fellow Spitfire Ken Kindborn is tied for third spot with KCG’s Jan Isaksson with 20 points each. KCG’s Patrick Forstner is in fourth spot with 17 points.

SHL action in this back-to-back series continues at the Imperial Samrong on March 7th with KCG playing Aware at 9pm and Siam Mandalay facing off against Novotel at 10pm.

Aware’s Masato Kitayama fires the puck as KCG’s Gabriel Rosko tries to defend.

KCG rebounds in stunning fashion; Novotel wins again

The two SHL games on Sunday February 21st couldn’t have been more different. The first game saw KCG come back from a 4-1 deficit to score four unanswered goals in the final five minutes and defeat Siam Mandalay 5-4. The second game was over quickly as the Novotel Spitfires jumped out to a 5-0 first-period lead over Aware and went on to a 9-4 romp.

Game one’s roller-coaster match saw KCG ultimately prevail in the final 27 seconds of the game to beat Siam Mandalay who was leading 4-1 with 5:23 left on the clock.

Siam Mandalay’s Darius Konotopetz reaches for the puck as KCG’s Gabriel Rosko is in hot pursuit.

Ernesto Bauer started things off for Siam Mandalay giving them a 1-0 lead but KCG’s Jan Isaksson tied it up to send the teams tied at one into the first intermission. Turner Johnson scored two goals in the second period, the second on a spectacular move on a breakaway that caught KCG goalie Leo Liao totally off guard. Siam Mandalay took a 3-1 lead in to the second intermission.

An incredible comeback saw KCG score four goals within five minutes for a miraculous one come-from-behind win. Isaksson scored twice to record the hat-trick and Peam Jaratwuttipreeda and newly-acquired Patrick Forstner potted a goal each. Forstner’s goal came on an unbelievable deke that earned him the Jerky Monster play-of-the week.

Siam Mandalay’s Non Aekkasemnarong chases the puck between two KCG defenders.

But it was really Jan Isaksson who stole the show as he led the comeback and earned the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game award for his four-point performance (3G, 1A). Siam Mandalay was missing four players on the night including captain Jordan Ashton and Mike Wilson and was subbing in Michael White and Phu Suwacharit.

In game two, Major Ingharratohithakon started things off for Novotel scoring two goals, and almost a third, on his first shift. He was followed in quick succession by Captain Mike Freeson, Tomas Stastny and Ken Kindborn giving Novotel a 5-0 lead. Aware then countered with two goals late in the period by Masato Kitayama on a nice tip-in goal Roger Promthong but then with just 14 seconds left in the period some nice digging behind the Aware net saw Stastny steal the puck and score his second of the night for Novotel to close out stanza one 6-2 in Novotel’s favour.

Novotel’s Major Ingharratohithakon had a great night, scoring two goals on his first shift.

Roger scored again in the second period to make it 6-3 but Seb Verdy with his first goal of the season put Novotel up by four again 7-3. Roger completed his hat-trick midway through the third period but that was all the scoring Aware could muster as Verdy added his second goal of the night and Stastny completed his hat-trick making it a 9-4 final. In recognition of his six-point night (3G, 3A) Stastny was awarded the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game award.

After eleven weeks of action, the Novotel Spitfires sit atop the SHL standings with a 10-1-0 record for 20 points. KCG sits in second spot with a 6-3-2 record for 14 points. Siam Mandalay, the only team to beat Novotel, is in third position with a 5-5-1 record for 11 points and Aware is in the cellar with a 1-10 record.

Novotel’s Andrew Ross and Aware’s Denis Omelka look for the puck.

The Novotel Spitfires remain atop the SHL race as Mike Freeson is in first spot with 22 points, Tomas Stastny is in second place with 21 points, and Ken Kindborn is in third spot with 17 points. KCG’s Jan Isaksson is in fourth with 16 points Aware’s rookie’s sensation Roger Promthong is in fifth place with 14 points.

SHL action at the Imperial Samrong continues on February 28th with Siam Mandalay facing off against Novotel at 9pm and KCG playing Aware at 10pm.

Novotel & Siam Mandalay continue winning ways

The Novotel Spitfires and Siam Mandalay continued their early success in 2021 winning for the second straight week as Novotel defeated KCG 2-1 in an overtime thriller in game one on Valentine’s Day and Siam Mandalay beat Aware 4-1 in game two.

Novotel tool a 1-0 lead late in period one when two wily veterans combined as substitute Steven Sproule found Scott Murray who sniped a snapshot by stunned KCG keeper Leo Liao.

Novotel’s Mike Freeson continues to lead the league in scoring.

KGG battled back and when Scott Murray took a hooking penalty the KCG powerplay went to work and Thai national team star Jan Isaksson snapped one past Ben Kleineschay from Punn Phasukkjwtana.

The play was pretty much even throughout as Novotel outshot KCG 30-28 and both keepers made a number of key saves to send the game into overtime.

Thirty seconds into overtime Spitfire defenseman Christoph Anliker rambled up ice and cut behind the KCG net to feed a perfect centering pass to Tomas Stastny who fired it home with a blast reminiscent of his father slapping one home for the Quebec Nordiques.

Skirmish in front of Novotel keeper Ben Kleineschay.

Game two saw Thai national team player Kim Aarola play his first game for his new team Aware since coming out of quarantine and he did draw an assist on Aware’s only goal by Roger Promthong midway thru the first period.

This game was much closer than the score indicated as Siam Mandalay only lead 2-1 for most of the game on markers by captain Jordan Ashton and Tan Limpinphet.

They added two goals in the final two minutes as first Mike Wilson on a nice wrist shot scored the clincher and then Tan with a beauty and his second goal of the night send a sizzling wrist shot past Aware keeper Lance Parker to make it a 4-1 final. Tan’s second goal earned him the Jerky Monster play-of-the-week award.

Aware’s Denis Omelka and Siam Mandalay’s Darius Konotopetz tangle in front of the Aware net.

For his end-to-end rush that set up Tomas Stastny’s OT-winning goal Novotel’s Christoph Anliker earned the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game in game one. Dream Ungkulpattanasuk making 18 saves in the Siam Mandalay net took up the pizza honours in game two.

After ten weeks of action, the Novotel Spitfires sit atop the SHL standings with a 9-1-0 record for 18 points. KCG sits in second spot with a 5-3-2 record for 12 points. Siam Mandalay, the only team to beat Novotel, is in third position with a 5-4-1 record for 11 points and Aware is in the cellar with a 1-9 record.

The Novotel Spitfires still dominate the SHL race as Mike Freeson is in first spot with 20 points, Ken Kindborn is in second spot with 17 points and Tomas Stastny is in third place with 15 points. KCG teammates Jan Isaksson and Patrick Forstner are in fourth and fifth place with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Siam Mandalay’s Turner Johnson & Aware’s Masato Kitiyama look for the puck.

SHL action at the Imperial Samrong continues on February 21st with Siam Mandalay facing off against KCG at 9pm and Novotel playing Aware at 10pm.

Novotel & Siam Mandalay start off 2021 with victories

The Siam Hockey League (SHL) last played on December 13th due to the second spike of the Coronavirus pandemic, so it took players time to find their skating legs last Sunday but once they did Novotel skated to a 4-2 victory over Aware in game one and Siam Mandalay came back to defeat KCG 5-3 in game two.

Novotel started strong in this game striking for three goals within a five-minute span late in the first period on goals by Mangkorn Sukwiboom, Ken Kindborn and Mike Freeson and it looked like the game would be over early.

Novotel’s Tomas Stastny lets one rip as Aware’s Roman Larin looks on.

Aware showed great resolve, however, and battled back as Masato Kitayama scored late in the second period to narrow the score to 3-1. Mike Freeson put the game away with his second goal of the night midway through the third period. But Roman Larin on a great dangle and individual effort, which earned him the Jerky Monster play-of-the-week award, made the final 4-2 in Novotel’s favour.

Late in the game, Thai national team captain Ken Kindborn received a nasty gash to the right side of his face and forehead when Masato Kitayama’s blasts shattered his visor. But he is one tough dude and promised to return for next Sunday’s action.

Aware’s Brandon Vick heads up ice with Novotel’s Tomas Stastny in hot pursuit.

For his outstanding four-point night (2G,2A), Spitfires captain Mike Freeson was once again named the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game. Ben Kleineschay made 31 saves in a stellar performance in the Novotel net gaining the victory, while Lance Parker made 18 saves in the Aware goal.

The second game saw Siam Mandalay’s crash line (Darius Konotopetz, Mitch Morrison and Turner Johnson) continue to bang away and make things happen. Patrick Forstner started things off for Siam Mandalay giving them a 1-0 lead but two late goals by Harrison Oztemel and Gabe Rosko put KCG ahead 2-1 going into the second period. KCG upped their lead to 3-1 early in the second on a nice goal by Jan Isaksson.

KCG’s Jan Isaksson dangles as Siam Mandalay’s Non Aekkasemnarong pursues.

But then the Crash Line went to work as Mitch Morrison and Darius Konotopetz with two staked Siam Mandalay to a 4-3 lead. Tan Limpinphet added the clincher on a pass for Michael White who was subbing for Mike Wilson on the night.

The Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game went to Siam Mandalay forward Darius Konotopetz who had two goals, including the winner, and an assist on the night. Dream Ungkulpattanasuk made 20 saves in the Siam Mandalay net earning the win, while Leo Liao made 18 saves in the KCG net.

Siam Mandalay’s skipper Jordan Ashton gives KCG’s Pann Hongsawadhi a gentle nudge.

Novotel Spitfires dominate the SHL race as Mike Freeson and Ken Kindborn are tied for the league lead with 16 points each and Tomas Stastny is in second spot with 14 points. The KCG pair of Harrison Oztemel and Jan Isaksson sit tied in third with nine points each.

SHL action at the Imperial Samrong continues on February 14th with Novotel playing KCG at 9pm and Siam Mandalay facing off Aware at 10pm.

Crash! Bang! Boom! Siam Mandalay ends Novotel’s winning streak

In a Siam Hockey League (SHL) season dominated by the defending champion Novotel Spitfires Siam Mandalay is suddenly making things very interesting.

Novotel was 7-0 going into their match with Siam Mandalay on December 13th and odds had the Spitfires led by captain Mike Freeson, Thai national team captain Ken Kindborn, and Swiss star Tomas Stastny (the league’s three top scorers) winning again, especially with the way goalkeeper Ben Kleineschay has been playing. Alas, Siam Mandalay put the kibosh on that dream of a perfect season with a resounding 6-2 thrashing.

Siam Mandalay’s Darius Konotopetz pursues the puck amidst a pack of players.

Thai national keeper Dream Ungkulpattanasuk returned to the form which saw him capture an SHL title with Hertz a couple years back and Siam Mandalay’s crash line (Darius Konotopetz, Mitch Morrison and Turner Johnson) just would not be denied as they created havoc and scoring opportunities for their squad all night. Siam Mandalay had won their previous game in overtime over KCG and lost a thriller in a wild shootout to Aware two weeks prior to that: it seems every game they are in has a dramatic finish.

Patrick Forstner started things off for Siam Mandalay giving them a 1-0 at the end of the first period with a nice end-to-end rush and goal-scoring blast. Tomas Stastny tied it up early in the second when he won the draw back to Mangkorn Sukwiboon and them deflected Mangkorn’s blast over Dream’s shoulder. Novotel went ahead for the first and only time in the game when Ed McConnell scored his first goal of the season on a nice setup from Ken Kindborn and Statsny.

Novotel captain Mike Freeson denied at the net by Siam Mandalay keeper Dream Ungkulpattanasuk.

It was all downhill from there for Novotel as Siam Mandalay scored twice more in the second period (Homme Thaiyanont & Mike Wilson) and three more (Darius Konotopetz, Turner Johnson and Yean Thankroekkiat) in the final stanza to make it a 6-2 rout.

Forstner earned himself the Jerky Monster play-of-the-week for his first-period goal; and Turner Johnson continued his impressive first season in the SHL with a goal and as assist to merit the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game award.

The earlier game was also a surprise as heavily favoured KCG snuck by Aware 3-2 even though Aware was missing five of its top players (Roman Larin, Denis Omelka, Tewin Chartsuwan, Masato Kitiyama and Peam Jaratwittipreeda) and was subbing in Rob Taylor, Steve Sproule and Phu Suwacharit in their place.

Aware’s Roger Promthong and KCG’s Winnie Luckanatinakom battle for the puck.

Young Thai star Time Phatigulsate staked KCG to a 1-0 lead at the end of the second period. Aware evened it up early in the third period on a nice top-shelf by Michigan-native Brandon Vick. Winnie Luckanatinakom put KCG up to stay half way through the third period and Jesse Starosta added an empty-net goal to clinch it. SHL president John Schachnovsky added a goal with five seconds on the clock to make it a 3-2 final.

The Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game went to KCG forward Time Phatigulsate who had a goal and assist on the night. Leo Liao made 25 saves in the KCG net earning the win, while Lance Parker made 22 saves in the Aware cage.

KCG’s Jesse Starosta bounces the puck off the boards as Aware’s Devin Michel watches.

The league now breaks for the holiday season and returns to action at the Imperial Samrong arena on January10th with Novotel playing KCG at 9pm and Siam Mandalay facing off Aware at 10pm.

Crash Line leads Siam Mandalay to stunning OT victory

Game one of week seven action in the SHL saw Siam Mandalay play their second overtime game in as many weeks and this time they came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat heavily favoured KCG. Missing captain Jordan Ashton – stuck in the Trang airport – things looked grim for Siam Mandalay early and got worse as KCG took a 2-0 lead heading into the third period on goals by Jan Isaksson and Mel Dhiranusonkit.

Patrick Forstner started the Siam Mandalay comeback early in the third period with assists going to Yean Thanakroekkriat and Non Aekkasemnarong. And then Siam Mandalay’s infamous Crash Line (Darius Konotopetz, Mitch Morrison and Turner Johnson) put it into high gear. They just kept banging and plugging away creating havoc and scoring chances. Konotopetz tied the game up from Yean with 1:16 left in regulation time. Then in a thrilling 3-on-3 four minute OT stanza Turner Johnson scored the winner on a spinorama move with 58 seconds left in OT as his teammates jumped the boards and swarmed him, celebrating their second victory of the year. Johnson earned himself the Jerky Monster play-of-the-week award for the second time this year.

KCG’s Mel Dhiranusonkit was PoG in a losing cause.

Another one of Siam Mandalay’s Bam Bam Brothers, Ernesto Bauer found himself ejected with a game misconduct halfway through the third period frankly for just being Ernesto.

The Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game went to KCG defenseman Mel Dhiranusonkit, who had an outstanding night at both ends of the ice as he scored KCG’s second goal and made a number of key defensive plays. Leo Liao made 27 saves in the KCG net, while Dream Ungkulpattanasuk made 16 saves earning the victory in the Siam Mandalay goal.

Siam Mandalay’s Turner Johnson, who score the GWG, checks KCG’s Jan Isaksson.

The night’s other match wasn’t nearly as close as the Novotel Spitfires won their seventh straight victory 7-3 over Aware. Novotel jumped into a 5-0 after two periods on single goals by Ken Kibdborn, Tomas Stastny, captain Mike Freeson and two markers by Major Ingkharratphithakon.

Aware then staged a comeback reminiscent of their classic OT victory the week before as Masato Kitayama and Brandon Vick scored to narrow the lead to 5-2. But Novotel captain Freeson rallied his troops as he and Major scored within three minutes of each other restoring Novotel’s five-goal lead. Aware’s Peam Jaratwuttipreeda scored the final Aware goal with ten seconds left in the game.

Novotel’s Major Ingkharratphithakon won player of the game honors.

With a five-point night Tomas Stastny continued to impress and easily could have been the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game but that honour went to Thai left winger Major (2Gs. 1A) who speed was very apparent as he was all the ice like a waterbug.

Lance Parker facing his old teammates for the first time stopped 24 shots in the loss while Ben Kleineschay continued his stellar play stopping 27 of the 30 shots he faced.

The last set of SHL games in 2020 will be played at the Imperial Samrong arena on December 13th with Aware taking on KCG at 9pm and Siam Mandalay facing off against Novotel at 10pm. After that, the league breaks until January 10th.

Novotel’s Tomas Stastny had one goal & four assists on the night.

Aware finally wins in thrilling shoot-out

The sixth week of the Siam Hockey League started with what has to be the most exciting game of the season. Aware, winless in their first five games, was looking for just about anything to give them the push they needed to get their first win of the campaign, and Siam Mandalay was looking to get their second win of the year, against the club they gained their only victory.

Aware had to be looking skyward and wondering what was going on when less than a minute into the contest, Siam Mandalay sniper Patrick Forstner found the back of the net from a sharp angle.

Siam Mandalay’s Darius Konotopetz shields the puck from Aware’s Arnold Vattanapanyakul.

Most fans probably thought Aware would start to doubt themselves after that quick goal, however, the Aware squad seemed to find another gear they had been missing this season, and their first strike required a little “puck luck”, another thing Aware players had said they sorely needed. Aware captain Justin St. Denis gave the puck to Brandon Vick, who fired it on net. The puck ricochet off of both Aware pivot John Schachnovsky and Siam Mandalay captain Jordan Ashton, before making its way past Siam Mandalay goalie Dream Ungkulpattanasuk, to tie the game at one. After this tally, Aware really poured it on. Roger Promthomng kept his rookie-of-the-year caliber campaign going strong with a nifty goal after a feed from Arnold Vattanapanyakul. It looked like Aware would go into the first intermission up 2-1, when St. Denis gave the puck to Schachnovsky at the Siam Mandalay blue line. Schachnovsky saw Vick streaking to the net, and with one second remaining, passed to Vick, who redirected the puck over Dream’s shoulder: 3-1 Aware going into period two.

The second period began how the first ended, with Aware making the score 4-1 with only a couple of minutes gone by, when Roger picked up his second of the game with the assist going to super-sub Phu Suwachirat. Siam Mandalay got one back, making the score 4-2, when Ashton teamed up with pesky forward Ernesto Bauer for a grinding goal. Only a minute or so had passed when Devin Keer dished the puck to veteran sub Mike White. White tossed a nice backhand on net, with Schachnovsky tipping the biscuit passed Dream for his second tally of the night. Mitch Morrison kept Siam Mandalay close with a great shot passed Aware netminder Lance Parker, with assists going to Darius Konotopetz and Mike Wilson. The second period ended with Aware still in control 6-3.

Early in the third period, Arnold gave Aware their four-goal lead once again when he took a pass from David Boere and sniped it by Dream. But then, the game turned on its head. Siam Mandalay stormed back, scoring three goals in three minutes. Goals by Forstner, Wilson and Tan Limpinphet came in rapid succession as Siam Mandalay pure on the offense and Aware didn’t know what hit them. Assists on those three lamp-lighters were from Tan, Jordan, Ernesto, Homme Thaiyanont, and Patrick.

Siam Mandalay’s Patrick Forstner had a four-point night.

For the final 10 minuets, Siam Mandalay tried to get the equalizer and Aware tried feverishly to keep the lead. When Jaren Folden went to the penalty box with only a couple of minutes remaining, Siam Mandalay knew they had a chance, and with under a minute to play, Siam Mandalay got the equalizer, with Non Aekkasemnarong getting the important tally, with assists from Wilson and Patrick.

The three-on-three overtime was a fast-paced affair, but neither team could score. So, it went to a shootout. Round after round came and went with Dream and Lance standing tall each and every time. Finally, first-year standout defenseman Denis Omelka ended the game with the only goal of the shootout, also earning himself the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game award. Dream had 18 saves in the losing effort and winning goalie Parker had 27.

In game two, undefeated Novotel seemed to be ripe for the picking and maybe pick up their first loss of the season when they went up against the suddenly red-hot KCG squad. Behind captain Harrison Oztemel and new sensation Jan Isaksson, KCG looked across the ice and also saw no Ken Kindborn in the lineup and must have liked their chances (Kindborn suffered an injury playing in a tournament earlier that weekend).

Novotel captain Mike Freeson (in blue) had a hard trick on the night.

And about five minutes into the game, KCG seemed to be on that path, when flashy rookie Time Phatigulsate eamed up with his Thai national teammates Mel Thanyalapark and Punn Phasukkjwatana to make the score 1-0. The first period ended with KCG holding that same lead.

If KCG felt this was their night, and the score was heading in that direction, then waking up Novotel captain Mike Freeson was a bad idea. The captain took his team and plopped them firmly on his shoulders and carried them from there.

A minute into period two, Phu Suwachirat (subbing in his second game of the night) gave the puck to Freeson who found a streaking Mangkorn. The fleet-footed Thai made an amazing individual effort and got the crown on their feet to tie the game at one. That play ended up earning Mangkorn the Jerky Monster play-of-the-week award.

Novotel’s Major Ingkharratphithakon and KCG’s Jan Isaksson wait for the puck to head their way,

Then the Mike Freeson show really began. Freeson scored the next three goals for Novotel, two in the second frame and one in the third with Leo out of the KCG net for an added skater. Assists on his hat-trick of goals went to Mangkorn and Ed Mcconnell

The Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game went to rookie goalie Ben Kleineschay, as he outshined last year’s player-of-the-year goaltender by making 35 saves. If not for his play, KCG would have surely put more than one on the scoreboard as KCG offensive powers Jesse Starosta, Oztemel and Isaksson all had multiple scoring chances at the Novotel net, but all came up empty-handed. Leo made 28 saves in the losing effort.

With only one game on the SHL docket in December, next week’s games are one of only two more sets of games in 2020. So, if you haven’t made it to the Imperial Samrong ice rink yet this season, please do to catch the fastest game on ice. Aware takes on Novotel at 9pm while Siam Mandalay faces off against KCG at 10pm.

Novotel stays unbeaten, KCG close behind

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.

Siam Mandalay’s Hideki Nagayama substituted for Patrick Fortsner.

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.

Siam Mandalay’s Tan Limpinphet breaks away as Novotel’s Ken Kindborn gives chase.

Turner Johnson took the Jerky Monster play of the week award for his nice backhand pass to Ashton, which set up Siam Mandalay’s second goal on a power play. Alex Phelps made a nice play himself setting up Johnson on Siam Mandalay’s first goal driving around the net and planting the puck on Johnson’s stick. Hideki Nagayama was subbing for Siam Mandalay who was missing Patrick Forstner, Ernesto Bauer and Darius Konotopetz. Novotel’s Ben Kleineschay won the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game of the second time this season, stopping in 27 of the 29 shots fired at him.

Aware’s Denis Omelka corrals the puck in his own end.

Game two was all KCG who improved its season record to 4-1 as they defeated Aware 5-1 keeping Aware winless this season. Winnie Luckanatinakorn got KCG on the board when he shot the puck past Lance Parker, who was making his first start for Aware, after coming over from Novotel last week. Time Phatigulsate and Andy Tse had assists on the first goal. The second KCG goal saw Jan Iskasson hit sub Michael White with a perfect pass as he one-timed into the net. On the 3rd KCG goal, Lance took himself out of the play thinking it was offside and Jari Eerkainen took advantage finding the back of the twine. Winnie Luckanatinakorn then scored his second of the night through Lance’s legs with Time assisting again. The last goal was a sweet wrap around by Jan, who scored in his third straight game and has his third straight multipoint game. Roman Larin scored Aware’s lone goal with David Boere assisting midway through the third period to break Leo Liao’s shutout. Liao took the Rolling Stone Pizza player-of-the-game stopping all but one of the 29 shots he faced.

KCG’s Jari Eeirkainen fires the puck as Aware’s Roger Promthong gives chase.

SHL action continues on Sunday November 22nd with Aware taking on Siam Mandalay at 9pm while Novotel faces off against KCG at 10pm for a game which is shaping up to be a thriller between the league’s two top teams. Novotel’s Ken Kindborn leagues the young season in scoring with 13 points followed teammate Mike Freeson at ten points and KCG’s Harrison Oztemel with nine points. Novotel’s Tomas Stastny and KCG’s Jesse Starosta are tied in fourth spot with eight points each.