Category: League News

Novotel captures first SHL title

Team captains & sponsors gather at center ice for ceremonial puck drop.

Novotel center Mike Freeson tallied five points, including two goals and three assists, as the Spitfires defeated PEAK Biolabs, 5-3, to capture the 2020 SHL Championship.

After a shaky run down the stretch in the regular season, Novotel won three straight games in the playoffs thanks to an offensive barrage from Freeson and lockdown goaltending from Yu Cheng Liao. Late in the first period of the championship with the score knotted 0-0, Novotel winger Jason Bitter dug the puck out of the offensive corner and fed Freeson in the slot. The centerman dished linemate Bill Bredesen, who put the wobbly puck top shelf over a sprawling Gabor Toth in goal for PEAK.

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Dom and Zack talk about the SHL Final

Dom and Zack talk about the SHL final game.

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Semifinal Games 2 and 3 with Dom and Zack

Dom and Zack talk about semifinal games 2 and 3 and what they expect from the final game.

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Peak advances to SHL final against Novotel

Peak’s Patrick Forstner advances on Aware D-man Adran Meyers.

In what has been arguably the most entertaining series in the history of the Sport Corner Siam Hockey League, Aware and Peak Biolabs played the decisive third and final game of their entertaining semi-final round series. The winner would earn the right to play Novotel Spitfires for the SHL Championship on Saturday, March 14.

Aware played without a few key players, including Andy Tse, injured in game two of the series. While Peak was still without captain Harrison Oztemel.

Peak got the jump on Aware early, when at the five-minute mark of the first period, Ryan Yaden found himself with the puck camped out in front of Aware goalie Dream, and Yaden made no mistake, getting his first goal of the playoffs. Less than a minute later, Peak doubled their lead when Patrick Forstner took a pass from Yaden and fired the puck passed Dream. Aware was able to buckle down on defense and the game became much more even the rest of the first period, and the period ended 2-0.

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Peak extends series as Novotel moves on

In game one on Thursday March 5th, Aware looked to close out their SHL semifinal series with Peak Biolabs. Aware was missing superstar Finnish defenseman Jari Eerikainen along with a few other key players, and looked to brush off these absences by playing the same playoff style, grinding hockey game that got them the win in the first game of the series.

The plan seemed to work from the start as the game began with a slower pace as both teams wanted to avoid going down 1-0. Peak was missing Thai National Team standout Patrick Forstner and sniper Harrison Oztemel, with the captain on the bench fully engaged by handling bench boss duties for the second straight playoff game. It t was quickly evident as the speed up front was lacking for the first few minutes of the contest.

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Novotel & Aware open with early playoff victories

Hertz’s Mike Wilson & Novotel’s Marcel Boewens battle it out.

The Novotel Spitfires scored just thirty seconds into their first-round matchup against Hertz and didn’t look back, winning the opener in the best-of-three series 5-2 and delivering a gut punch to top-seeded Hertz.

Novotel forward Bill Bredesen scored the early goal after Brad Wilson crashed into the offensive corner and forced a turnover. The puck bounced out to Jason Bitter in the slot and his shot redirected to Bredesen, who made an easy put-back into a wide-open net.

A few minutes later, Wilson again found himself active in the offensive zone, scoring on an acrobatic one-handed shot against Hertz netminder Lance Parker.

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Semifinal Game 1 with Dom and Zack

Zack is back in the studio after over a year away, but he has been busy with helping out ThailandTV.TV and broadcasting the SHL games live.

We had some fast paced games in game one and some interesting results.

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Aware & Peak end regular season on winning note

The first SHL game on February 27th saw a see-saw battle with Aware ultimately coming from behind for its second straight comeback win and a 6-5 triumph over SHL regular-season champions Hertz.

Hertz jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on goals by Thai national team player Tan Limpinphet, Darius Konotopetz and sub Andrew Shutsa. Aware’s Brandon Vick, who had five points on the night, finally got Aware on the board with ten minutes left in the second period and Aware captain Justin St. Denis scored soon after bringing Aware within a goal but Hertz’s Limpinphet restored his team’s two-goal lead going into the second intermission.

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Hertz captures SHL regular-season title

In the first game of the night on February 23rd of the Sport Corner Siam Hockey League, Aware captain Justin St.-Denis scored from the slot with 5:12 remaining in the third period as his team downed the Novotel Spitfires 6-5 in a back-and-forth contest that saw the lead change hands four times.

The victory gives Aware a much-needed boost as the regular season heads toward its final matchups later in the week.

Just two minutes before St.-Denis’ goal, Mat Siegel of Aware knotted the game at 5-5. It had looked before that as though the Spitfires might walk away with a win after barraging Aware with three third-period goals.

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Week 12 News

On February 6, 2020 we had our 12th week of games.

In our first game of the night at 8:30 we had PEAK Biolabs vs Aware. PEAK started things off with John Schachnovsky scoring first three minutes into the first period. Corry Day answered back for Aware three minutes after that. PEAK captain, Harrison Oztemel, in the second period. PEAK scored two more unanswered goals, one from Oztemel and one from Patrick Forstner. Aware did finally put another point on the board when Jari Eerikainen found the back of the net. Schachnovsky sealed the game with a goal with four minutes let in the game, and earning himself the Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game with two goals and an assist.

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