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.
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
In a stunning upset, Hertz, who won only a third of their regular-season games defeated top-seeded AWARE 5-3 in dramatic fashion to take the one-game winner-take-all Sport Corner SHL 2017-18 championship final.
The final game, held at The Rink, 7th floor, Grand Central Rama IX, on Saturday March 17th was a classic from start to finish. Hertz jumped out to a 4-0 first period lead on two goals by Mike Triacca and singles by Bill Bredesen and Andy Brine. Hertz stretched that to 5-0 lead on a goal by captain Justin St Denis in the second period, before AWARE mounted its comeback cutting the lead to 5-3 on two goals by Mangkorn Sukwiboon and a single by Corry Day.
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.
Hertz Eliminate the Sukhumvit Spitfires
The Sukhumvit Spitfires looked to tie things up with Hertz as they entered the arena for the second game of the playoffs.
The action in the first was fast paced in this in one with both teams connecting on a few stretch passes, but neither team could seize an early opportunity. With under seven minutes left in the first period, Harrison Oztemel scored his first goal of the night to give the Spitfires the lead. Just over 2 minutes later saw Oztemel score his second goal of the night to put close out the first period with the Spitfires up 2-0.
We had a great start to our playoffs, which were on February 22, 2018!
In our first game at 8:30 we had Aware vs Expedia. Aware got off to a really hot start, scoring just 45 seconds into the first period. By the end of the first period, Aware was leading 4-0. After the 4th goal, Expedia called a time out to reorganize their game plan. After this, Aware only scored 1 goal in the second period and 1 goal in the third period, but Expedia scored their 1 goal one minute into the 3rd period. The final score of the game was Aware 6, Expedia 1. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Ollie Moyse for his hat-trick on the night.
Same same, but different.
That’s the 2018 SHL semi-final playoffs, compared to the 2017 SHL semi-final playoffs. The seedings were different last year, it was: Sukhumvit, Titanium-Sport Corner (now Expedia), AWARE and Hooters Nana (now Hertz), in that order.
But the match-ups are the same this year with number-one seed AWARE playing fourth-seeded Expedia and number-two seed Sukhumvit playing number-three seed Hertz.
Game one saw an equal number of shots fired on both goalkeepers (29) with a 6-1 outcome in AWARE’s favour. Expedia’s goalie Yves Gaboriault has been fighting the puck of a late and it’s tough for all concerned as last year while playing for AWARE Yves won the SHL’s version of the Vezina Trophy, by posting the league’s best goals-against-average. This year, he has lost his confidence and AWARE took full advantage jumping into a 4-0 first-period lead, led by Oliver Moyse’s hat-trick and a single by Mangkorn Sukwiboon. They added a shorthanded goal by Jouni Heinonen in the second and an even-strength tally by Devin Michael early in the third to take a 6-0 lead before Win Khuhakaew broke Patrick Leduc’s shut-out bid with sixteen minutes left in the game.
Heading into the final set of regular season games in the 2017-18 season, AWARE had first place sewn up and the Sukhumvit Spitfires had clinched second spot but Hertz and Expedia were still battling to determine third and fourth place overall.
The first game saw SHL history made as two woman players competed against each other: Carly Hill a regular defenseman for Hertz and Caley Steinert, a defenseman, substituting for AWARE – both played university hockey in Canada.
Hertz started the game like a house on fire jumping into a 4-0 lead in the first period on goals by Mike Triacca, Champ Supadilokluk, Carly Hill and Kim Lidberg. AWARE regrouped, storming back in the second narrowing the lead to 4-3 on two goals by Jouni “Finnish mitts” Heinonen and one by Beer Thamwongsin.
Week 12 had 2 nights of games.
In our first night on February 11, 2018 at 8:30, we had the Sukhumvit Spitfires going head to head with Aware. This game saw lots of actions with the scoring going back and forth. The first goal, by the Spitfires was scored by Harrison “Ace” Oztemel. the second and third went to Aware, which were scored by Ollie “Ragnarok” Moyse and Corry Day. In the second period, we had 2 goals by the Spitfires, the first one from Scott Murray and the second from Oztemel, and one goal from Aware, which was by Yean Thanakroekkiat. The goalies sealed the nets down in the third period to finish regular time 3-3 to force the first 3-on-3 of this season. Neither team allowed to many scoring opportunities and and the overtime frame ended still tied at 3 to force a sudden death shootout. The first five shooters for both teams couldn’t get one past either goaltender. The Aware captain, Patrik Lundback scored in his try and the Spitfires captain, Brad “Big Daddy” Wilson was stopped by Patrick Leduc to give Aware another win. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to the Spitfires netminder for stopping 41 of 44 shots.
In our first game of the night on February 15, 2018 we had Expedia, the #4 team, facing off against Aware, the #1 team. Things were pretty even between these two teams through half of the first period, when Expedia scored the first one of the night. Expedia scored one more in the first period and Aware scored their first with just 30 seconds left in the first period. Expedia increased their lead to two goals in the second period. Expedia scored their 4th goal 3 minutes and 45 seconds into the third period and Aware scored their second goal at the 10:30 mark of the third period, to give Expedia their first win in 10 games. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Andrew Shutsa for scoring his first SHL career goal.