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Siam Mandalay thumps Novotel big time

KCG has dominated its series with Aware this season.

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.

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.

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Novotel & KCG capture back-to-back series

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

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Novotel & Siam Mandalay continue winning ways

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

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Novotel stays unbeaten, KCG close behind

Siam Mandalay’s Hideki Nagayama substituted for Patrick Fortsner.

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.

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