Category: League News

SHL News Week 8

Dom and Zack talk about the games on December 13th, 2020.

The fist game of the night was Aware vs KCG. This was the best game that Aware has played to date, but they just couldn’t put all the things in the right place and KCG won this one 3-2.

The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Time Phatigulsate for his goal and assist.

In the second game of the night, at 10:00 pm, it was Siam Mandalay vs the Novotel Spitfires. Siam Mandalay scored the first and only goal in the first period with Patrick Forstner going coast to coast and firing one past Ben Kleineschay. In the second period, The Novotel Spitfires tied things up with a goal by Tomas Stastny, and took the lead when Ed McConnell put one in. Just a minute after McConnell’s goal, Siam Mandalay tied things up with a goal by Homme Thaiyanont and then took the lead with just thirty-one seconds left in the period with a goal by Mike Wilson. The third period was all Siam Mandalay with one goal each by Darius Konotpetz, Yean Thanakroekkiat and Turner Johnson to make the final score 6-2 for Siam Mandalay.

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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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SHL News Week 7

In our first game of the night on November 29, 2020 at 9:00 pm we had the Novotel Spitfires going head to head with Aware. The Spitfires came out on fire with goals by Tomas Stastny, and Major Ingkharratphithakon in the first period. This was followed up by three goals in the second period, one my Novotel Spitfires captain, Mike Freeson, Ken Kindborn and another my Ingkharratphithakon. Early in the third period, Aware did finally get on the board with a goal by Masato Kitayama and Arnold Vattanapanyakul. The Novotel Spitfires answered right back with a goals by Freeson and Stastny. Aware did finish the night off with a goal by Peam Jaratwuttipreeda, but the final score of the night was Novotel Spitfires 7 Aware 3. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Major Ingkharratphithakon for his two goals and an assist.

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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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SHL News Week 5

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.

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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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SHL News Week 4

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.

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Novotel & KCG continue winning ways

Siam Mandalay’s Darius Konotopetz unloads on a slapshot towatds thde KCG net.

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.

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SHL News Week 3

This week we were expecting some really exciting games, and we weren’t disappointed.

In our first game we had the two undefeated teams going head to head, Novotel Spitfires vs KCG. The first period saw things really go back and forth with neither team really able to take advantage. Early in the second period, Novotel’s captain, Mike Freeson put the puck past Leo Liao. Things stayed stuck locked down at 1-0 until late in the second period, KCG took a high sticking penalty, which led to Scott Murray, of the Spitfires, scoring a power play goal to give them a 2-0 lead. Early in the third period, KCG finally get on the board with a goal by Jan Isaksson. With just over a minute left in the game, KCG pulled their netminder to give them an extra attacker and with one minute left in the game, KCG tied things up when Jari Eerikainen got one past Ben Kleineschay. Just ten seconds later, Ken Kindborn hit Mike Freeson who then found Tomas Stastny who buried the puck for the win. The rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Ben Kleineschay for his outstanding play between the pipes.

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