This year’s best defense was a tough decision. Our first candidate this year were Patrik Lundback of Aware, who had an incredible season this year with leading his team to a new SHL record of an eleven game win streak. Our second candidate was new comer, Juhani Ijas of Expedia. Ijas had a great season this year, and he was a force to be reckoned with when he was on the point. Our third candidate was the captain of the Sukhumvit Spitfires, Brad Wilson, who not only had a great year, but in one game, he played goaltender when his netminder was late coming to the game.
The 2017-2018 season was another great season. The first night of games to start off the season had the Sukhumvit Spitfires beating Aware 5-2 and Expedia top Hertz 7-4.
We also saw our first forfeited game, when the Spitfires had to forfeit to Expedia when their goaltender mixed up the game times. We had Aware pretty much dominate the majority of the season and go on an 11 game winning streak. Hertz really struggled at the beginning of the season, but as the season wore on, they really came together as team and beat Expedia for the third seed to play the Spitfires in the semifinals.
On Saturday, May 12, 2018, we had our Awards Ceremony, which was held at The Sport Corner Bar.
The first awards were the 3rd Category Awards with each winner in this category getting a free pizza from Rolling Stone Pizza. The categories were as follows:
Air Miles Award
Best Non-Goalie Performance
Best Defensive Forward
Best Defensive Defenseman
Grinder of the Year
SHL Wife of the Year
Best Thai Referee
Best Non-Thai Referee
Best Thai Player
Best Canadian Player
Best American Player
Best Finish Player
Best Swedish Player
Best Other European Player
Most Reliable Sub
Biggest Impact Sub
Biggest SHL Fan
Off Ice Contribution
Most Active Facebook User
Eager Beaver Award
The 2017-2018 Johnny Oduya Most Valuable Player candidates were all defenseman.
Our first candidate was Andy Brine from Hertz. Brine had an amazing season, going from 18 points in the 2016-2017 season to getting 26 points during the 2017-2018 season.
Our second candidate was Juhani Ijas of Expedia. This was Ijas first season in the SHL, and he really shined.
Our third candidate was the Aware captain, Patrik Lundback. Lundback led his team to 14-4 record in the regular season.
This was a hard decision, but the 2017-2018 Johnny Oduya MVP went to Patrik Lundback of Aware.
On March 17, 2018 we had our final game of the playoffs for the second season of the Sport Corner Siam Hockey League.
To start things off, we had the president of the Sport Corner SHL, John Schachnovsky, say a few words and then invite the owner of The Sport Corner, Steve Lavender, out for the ceremonial puck drop.
Hertz started things off well in this one, scoring four goals in the opening period. One goal from Bill Bredesen which was assisted by Brandon Vick, two unassisted goals by Mike Triacca, and a goal by Andy Brine, which was assisted by Triacca and Kim Lidberg.
In the second period, Justin St. Denis scored an unassisted goal to give Hertz a 5-0 lead, but at 8:25, Corry Day scored a power play goal, which was assisted by Patrik Lundback and David Boere.
In the third period, Aware scored 2 more goals, both unassisted goals by Mangkorn Sukwiboon with the first one being another power play goal. Hertz stays strong to the end and won the game 5-3 with Aware dominating the shots 47-18.
The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Mike Triacca for his two goals and his assist.
After the game, the president of the Sport Corner SHL congratulate both teams on a good game and award The Sport Corner Playoff MVP to Hertz’s goaltender to Lance Parker for his superb play in all three playoff games and for stopping 44 of 47 shots in this game, which was presented by the owner of The Sport Corner. Next, Hertz was awarded the SHL Champion Ship Cup.
After the game, Dom had a chance to talk with two Hertz players, Carly Hill and Brandon Vick about a conversation the three of them had early in the season when Hertz was really struggling.
In our playoffs, we saw some great games by all four teams. In the semi-final rounds, we had Hertz going against the Sukhumvit Spitfires and Hertz swept the Spitfires in 2 games. We also had Aware going head to head with Expedia with Aware sweeping Expedia in 2 games. This lead to a great match up between Aware and Hertz. In the first period, Hertz scored 4 unanswered goals. In the second period, both Aware and Hertz scored a goal apiece. In the third period, Aware scored 2 more goals, but it wasn’t enough for them to win even though they peppered Hertz’s netminder, Lance Parker with 47 shots, Parker stopped 44 shots. His performance in all three games earned him the Sport Corner Playoff MVP cup for the second SHL season.
In our playoff final on March 17, 2018, we had Aware facing off against Hertz. Hertz really came out on fire in this one, scoring 4 goals in the first period. Both Aware and Hertz scored a goal in the second period. In the final period, Aware scored 2 more goals to end the game 5-3 for Hertz. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Mike Triacca for scoring 2 goals and an assist.
On March 04, 2018, we had our second round of the semi-finals. In the first game, we had Hertz going against the Sukhumvit Spitfires. Harrison Oztemel of the Sukhumvit Spitfires started this one off in the first period by scoring two goals. Hertz answered back in the second period by scoring three goals, the first two by Hertz captain, Justin St. Denis and the the third goal a fluky short handed goal by Andy Brine. Richie Jiaravana tied things up in the third period, but Bill Bredesen and Kim Lidberg scored empty netters at the end of the game to finish this one off 6-3 as well as send Hertz to the final game.
In our second game of the night at 8:30, we had Aware vs Expedia. Expedia started this one off 45 seconds into the first period with a short handed goal by Juhani Ijas. In the second period, Aware answered back with three goals, one by Ryan Yaden, Patrik Lundback and Corry Day. Less than a minute into the third period saw Expedia bring it within in one with a goal by Patrick Forstner. With less then ten minutes left in the game, Yean Thanakroekkiat scored one for Aware to increase their lead to two. With a minute ad a half left in the game, Expedia pull their goalie in the hopes of scoring two quick goals, but the bounces just didn’t go their way, and Aware’s Thanakrokkiat scored his second of the night with an empty netter to give Aware a win 5-2 and to send Aware into the finals with Hertz.
In our second round of the semi-finals, in our second game of the night, we had Aware going head to head with Expedia. Expedia opened his one up in the first period when Juhani Ijas score a power play goal. In the second period, Aware answered back with three goals, each scored by Ryan Yaden, Patrik Lundback, and Corry Day, Early in the third period, Patrick Forstner scored for Expedia to bring it within in one. With just under ten minutes left in the game, Yean Thanakroekkiat scored an unassisted goal to increase Aware’s lead to two again. With just under two minutes left in the game, Expedia pulled their netminder in the hopes of scoring two quick goals, but with 30 seconds left in the game, Thanakroekkiat scored his second of the night, this one an empty netter to finish this one off for Aware 5-2. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Corry Day for his incredible play in the offensive zone, scoring a goal and getting an assist.