Category: Weekly Recap

SHL starts 5th season at Samrong

Novotel’s Seb Verdy and Aware’s Jaren Folden fight for the puck.

Photography by Tadamasa Nagayama

The Siam Hockey League has switched venues, as its games for the 2020-2021 season will be played at the Imperial Samrong arena on Olympic-size ice. The opening night of the season on October 11 saw the defending champion Novotel Spitfires take on Aware in the first match while Mandalay played KCG in game two.

Novotel with only two players returning from their champion squad (captain Mike Freeson and Jason Bitter) came out of the gate on fire and jumped into an early 3-0 first-period lead. Aware stormed back, however, and at the end of two stanzas of play the score stood 4-3 in Novotel’s favour. In the third period, Novotel dug in and emerged with a 7-4 victory as Novotel’s Ken Kindborn, the captain of the Thai national team, led the way earning the Rolling Stone Pizzza player-of-the-game award with two goals and two assists. Captain Mike Freeson chipped in with a goal and two helpers, and Tomas Stastny, the son of long-time NHL star Anton Stastny, made his SHL debut for Novotel and scored on a nice goal living up to his early billing.

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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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October 18, 2018 – Week 2 News

Exciting week of games with the first game being between Aware and the Novotel Spitfires and the second being between Hertz and TRUE. Dom and Zack discuss what the winning teams did well, and what they would like to see the losing teams work on. They also talked about the up and coming games on October 28, 2018, and what all the teams need to do to come out on top.

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October 11, 2018 – Week 1 News

We had a great Week 1! Things started off with our opening ceremony which was emceed by DJ PK.

In our first game we had a face-off between last seasons championship game, Hertz and Aware. Things were pretty evenly matched, ending the first period 0-0. Hertz scored 2 goals in the second period, with Aware cutting Hertz’s lead in half when they scored with 4 minutes left in the second. In the third period, Aware just opened things up, scoring 4 unanswered goals in the third to give them a 5-2 win over Hertz.

The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to the hot young player out of Pattaya, Aaro Vuorma for scoring 2 goals late in the game.

In our second game, we had the Novotel Spitfires going head to head with TRUE. Both teams scored two goals in the first period, with the Spitfires scoring 2 more in the second period. TRUE tried to make a comeback and scored one early in the third period, but the Spitfires sealed the deal by scoring their fifth goal of the night with just under 4 minutes left in the game.

The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Corry Day for putting up a hat trick and adding and assist.

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The Sport Corner Siam Hockey League News Week 10 – January 28 – February 02, 2018

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Week 10 games were on January 28th this week.

In our first game, at 8:30, we had Hertz vs the Sukhumvit Spitfires. Hertz came out on ready to go in this one and scored the only 2 goals in the first period, but the Spitfires came back in the second period, scoring 4 unanswered goals to finish the second period ahead of Hertz with a score of 4-2. The final period saw Hertz trying to mount a last period come back with an early goal, but the Spitfires scored 2 more goals with Spitfires’ captain, Brad “Big Daddy” Wilson scoring an empty netter to finish off the game. The final score of the game was 6-3 for the Spitfires. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Wilson for his goal and outstanding play in both the offensive and defensive zones.

In our second game, at 9:30, we had Aware vs Expedia. Aware came into this one on an 8 game winning streak while Expedia came into this one on a 7 game losing streak. Aware jumped out to an early 2 goal lead, but Expedia brought it within one shortly after that, but late in the first period, Aware increases their lead to 2 again. The second period saw both teams scoring 2 goals apiece, and in the third period Aware scored 2 to Expedia’s 1 to have a final score of Aware 7, Expedia 4 to extend Aware’s winning streak to 9 and Expedia’s losing streak to 8. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to David Boere for his goal and 2 assists.

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The Sport Corner Siam Hockey League News Week 9 – January 21-27, 2018

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Our 9th week of games started off on January 21st.

In our first game we had Aware facing off against Hertz. Hertz did a great job of keeping the game close by only allowing 1 goal in the first period and 2 more by the end of the second period. Early in the third period saw Hertz really fighting to try and make a come back an scoring 2 goals, but Aware were just 2 much for them, scoring 4 more goals in the third period to finish the game 7-2. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Ollie Moyse.

Our second game fo the night had the Sukhumvit Spitfires going head to head with Expedia. We saw the game tied at the end of the first period 1-1. The second period saw the Spitfires take the lead by 2 goals to make it 3-1. The third period saw both teams score one more goal a piece, to finish it off Spitfires 4, Expedia 2. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Tan Limpinphet for his goal and assist.

Our second night of games was January 25, 2018. In our first game of the night at 8:30, we had Expedia going head to head with Hertz. These 2 teams have faced each other 4 times with each team winning 2 games. The end of the first period saw Expedia up 2-1. The second period saw Juhani Ijas of Expedia scoring his second of the night, as well as Sebastien Ranger of Hertz scoring one with Expedia still leading 3-2. The third period saw lots of action with Expedia scoring 2 more and Juhani getting a hat-trick and Hertz scoring 4 goals to win this one 6-5. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to captain, Justin St. Denis for his 2 goals and great play at both ends of the rink.

In our second game of the night we has Aware facing off against the Sukhumvit Spitfires. The Spitfires drew first blood with a goal 5 minutes in, but they couldn’t answer Aware who scored 4 unanswered goals in the first period. The second period saw Aware scoring 1 more and the Spitfires scoring 3 goals to bring them within 1. The final period saw Aware seal the Spitfires fate scoring 2 more goals to finish things off 7-4. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Corry Day for netting a hat-trick.

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The Sport Corner Siam Hockey League News Week 8 – January 7-14, 2018

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We had some great games this week. In our first night of games on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 8:30, we saw The Sukhumvit Spitfires vs Aware. This was a really rough game for the Spitfires that saw them totally dominated by Aware with a score of 9-1. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Corry Day for his 2 goals and 2 assists.

The second game of the night at 9:30 was Hertz going against Expedia. Hertz took the opportunity to show some skill against a spiralling Expedia. Things worked out for Hertz and saw them win this one 5-2. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Lance Parker for stopping 35 of 37 shots.

In our second night of games, on Thursday January 18, 2018, in our first game at 8:30, we had Expedia facing off against Aware. Expedia had a very frustrating game this time out, and Aware took advantage of them and won this one 7-3. The Rolling Stone Pizza player of the Game went to Yean Thanakroekkiat for his 2 goals and 2 assists.

In our second game of the night, we had Hertz going head to head with the Sukhumvit Spitfires. At the end of the first period, Hertz were leading 3-1. The second period saw the Spitfires score 5 unanswered goals. Hertz tried to make a last second comeback in the closing seconds of the game, but the Spitfires held them off to win this one 7-6. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Patrick Forstner for his hat-trick.

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The Sport Corner Siam Hockey League News Week 4 – December 03-09, 2017

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We had another week of only one game night, which was on December 03.

In our first game of the night, we had Aware vs Hertz. This was a game that had a lot of potential with Hertz getting their first win of the season last week, but sadly, Hertz just couldn’t hold it together and and lost this one 7-3. Jouni Heinonen scored 2 goals and marked up an assist to win himself the Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game.

Our second game of the night, we had the Sukhumvit Spitfires vs Expedia, which ended up being a battle between brother and sister as Dream Ungkulpattanasuk was in the net for the Spitfires and, his sister, Pop Ungkulpattansuk was subbing for Expedia’s regular netminder, Yves Gaboriault. This was a close one with both teams putting up 23 shots apiece, but Pop stopped 22 of 23 shots, one more than Dream to earn her the Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game.

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SC-Titanium earns finals berth against Hooters Nana

SC-Titanium earns finals berth against Hooters Nana

SC-Titanium, which lead the SHL in points the majority of the season, has earned a spot in the inaugural SHL championship by defeating AWARE 2-1 in their best-of-three semi-final series.  

Things did no look good for SC-Titanium at the beginning of the game as they learned close to puck-drop that both captain Mike Wilson and winger Joe Lamantia would be unable to play along with Pratch Siridhara, Araya “Ith” Vatanapanyakul and Arkadi Goncharev. Rob Taylor and Tarkira “Tar” Jirachai were called in as replacement players. AWARE, who was missing Darren Boodle and Stanislav Opelia, opted to not request any substitutes.

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Semi Finals Game Twos

Spitfires grounded while SC-Titanium lives to fight another day

Just when it looked like the Sukhumvit Spitfires were going to ride Donny Kerfoot’s Superman cape into the SHL final, Hooters Nana came along and stepped on Donny’s cape, sending the Spitfires crashing to earth in a big way. Hooters swept both games from the Spitfires in their best of three semi-final series setting up a championship date with either SC-Titanium or AWARE, who are now locked at one game each, after SC’s nail-biting 2-1 triumph last Sunday night.          

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