Category: Weekly Recap

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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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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Novotel tops KCG to remain undefeated

Novotel captain Mike Freeson breaks in on KCG goalie Leo Liao.

Photography by Tadamas Nagayama

The first game on Sunday November 1st saw the SHL’s two undefeated teams face off for the first time this season, and when it was all played out the Novotel Spitfires defeated KCG 3-2 in a thrilling match that was only decided with 47 seconds remaining on the clock. The first part of the game saw the teams feeling each other out like two prize fighters in a title bout as Novotel staked itself to a 2-0 lead.

Early in the second period, Ken Kindborn feed Novotel captain Mike Freeson with a beautiful mid-ice pass as Freeson streaked down the ice, and made no mistake drilling the puck past KCG keeper Leo Liao on a breakaway. Then on a powerplay, with a minute left in the second stanza, Mangkorn Sukwiboon fed veteran Scott Murray with a beautiful pass and Murray used the screen in front of Liao to bury Novotel’s second goal.

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KCG & Novotel remain undefeated in young SHL season

Photography by Tadamasa Nagayama

Week two action in the SHL saw KCG beat Aware 6-3 in the first match while the Novotel Spitfires defeated Siam Mandalay 4-3 in the evening’s second game, despite being outshot 34-21.

In game one, Thai-Japanese star Masato Kitiyama staked Aware to a 1-0 lead and then rookie Roger Promthong made it 2-0 for Aware netting an early candidate for goal-of-the-year when he undressed KCG keeper Leo Liao with a between the legs pullback move and then went top shelf over a stunned Liao. Aware struck back with three straight goals as KCG captain Harrison Oztemel netted a pair of goals and Thai rookie Time Phatigulsate a single.

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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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