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Best Defenseman 2017-2018

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 winner this year went to Patrick Lundback for his strength on defense all season, accruing 18 points (6 goals and 12 assists) in 16 games with five minutes in penalties.

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Awards Night May 12, 2018

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
Extraordinary Gentleman
Biggest SHL Fan
Off Ice Contribution
Playoff Scoring
Most Active Facebook User
Eager Beaver Award
Groundbreaker Award

Next, we had a raffle drawing for five (5) people who won pizzas from Rolling Stone Pizza.

After this we had the KoneCranes Team MVP Awards. Following is each team with their candidates:
Expedia – John Schachnovsky #18, Mike Wilson #20, Juhani Ijas #27
Hertz – Justin St. Denis #71, Carly Hill #16, Andy Brine #44
Sukhumvit Spitfires – Harrison Oztemel #12, Dream Ungkulpattanasuk #50, Brad Wilson #71
Aware – Corry Day #24, Devin Michael #39, Yean Thanakroekkiat #56

Third, we had the Individual Awards:
The RevRunnr Best Defenseman Trophy
The Pro Shop Best Goalie Trophy
The Alex Manton Dedication to Thai Hockey Trophy
The SHL Top Goal Scorer Trophy
The Peter Goverde Memorial Sportsmanship Trophy
The HAUS No 3 Rookie of the Year Trophy
The KCG Most Points Trophy
The Sport Corner Playoff MVP Trophy
The Johnny Oduya League MVP Trophy

Fourth, we had the presentation of the SHL Championship Cup to Team Hertz!

Lastly we talked about an up and coming charity game benefitting the Thai Red Cross with Team Johnny Oduya and Team Marcus Kruger.

That’s all for this season! We’ll see you next season!

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Hertz upsets AWARE to capture SHL title

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.

Sport Corner’s Steve Lavender (centre) drops the puck for the ceremonial faceoff between Hertz’s captain Justin St. Denis & AWARE’s captain Patrik Lundback.

Hertz’s goalkeeper Lance Parker stood on his head and was named the Sport Corner Playoff MVP. Lance, who had struggled early in the season, put on one of the most outstanding goaltending displays ever seen in Thai hockey, turning in the “clutch” performance of his life, stopping 44 of the 47 shots fired his way, while Hertz fired 18 shots at opposing AWARE keeper Patrick Leduc.

AWARE, who at one point during the season had an eleven-game winning streak, dominated most of their opponents, earning a 14-4 regular season record. Hertz, with a 6-12 regular-season record, snuck into third place on the final day of the regular season. Both teams swept their best of three semi-final series 2-0 with AWARE defeating Expedia (last year’s SHL champion) and Hertz beating the Sukhumvit Spitfires, who with an 11-6-1 record, winning almost twice as many regular-season games as Hertz did.

AWARE played and moved the puck well in the final game. But it just wasn’t meant to be; they hit a few posts and couldn’t finish like they usually do. But give this squad tremendous credit, led by captain Patrik Lundback they were virtually untouchable all year long. It will be a long summer for these players, many of whom had already added the SHL championship to their resume.

Hertz, the 2017-18 SHL championship team – all smiles.

SHL individual point leader Andy Brine had a whale of a game for Hertz; not only did he manage to win the scoring and league championship, but drawing three penalties in the final game, he managed to get himself ejected. Not quite a Gordie Howe hat-trick, but close.

The stands were full, and even when the score was 5-0 the action was end-to-end with AWARE throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Parker, trying to sneak one past him. Sport Corner’s Steve Lavender was on hand to present the playoff MVP to Parker and SHL president John Schachnovsky handed out the SHL Championship trophy to Hertz’s captain Justin St. Denis. The referees, Jeremy Hutchins and Sakchai “Jeb” Chinanuvatana, did a great job of maintaining control.

Photography by Tadamasa Nagayama

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Game 2 of the Semi-Finals, March 04, 2018

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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.

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Hertz Eliminate the Sukhumvit Spitfires – AWARE claims birth in SHL final with win over EXPEDIA

Hertz Eliminate the Sukhumvit Spitfires

Aware vs Expedia – Ryan Yaden chips the puck past Peraavit “Win” Kovitaya and Andrew Shutsa

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.

Hertz started their comeback in the second period with Justin St. Denis scoring a goal after exiting the penalty box.  St. Denis scored his second four minutes later when he received a pass from Brandon Vick to tie things up.  In the closing minutes of the second period, Bill Bredesen is called for hooking, but Hertz stayed strong and controlled the power play.  15 seconds into the penalty saw Andy Brine take a pass from Kim Lidberg and clear the zone with knuckle ball of a shot causing the puck to curve and bounce funny and to get past the Spitfires netminder, Pattarapol “Dream” Ungkulpattanasuk, to put Hertz in the lead.

The Spitfires tied things up again in the third when Chaval “Richie” Jiaravanon stole the puck and scored an unassisted goal with just over nine minutes left in the third period, but just 3 minutes later had Brandon Vick of Hertz scored the go-ahead goal with St. Denis getting his third point with the contributor to Vick.  With just two minutes left in the game, the Spitfires pulled Ungkulpattanasuk to try to score a quick goal to tie things up, but Bredesen caught a stretch pass from Brine and send the puck the rest of the way down to score an empty netter.  The Spitfires pulled their goaltender again, but with two seconds left on the clock Chanchit “Champ” Supadiokluk saw Kim Lidberg outside the zone and sent the puck to Lidberg who relayed it down the ice for another empty netter to seal the semi-finals for Hertz.  The final score of the game was 6-3 Hertz with Hertz also dominating in shots 38-25.

Justin St. Denis earned his second Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the game for his two goals and an assist.

 

AWARE claims birth in SHL final with win over EXPEDIA 

Jantaphong “Moo” Tengsakul and Ernesto Bauer battle for the puck

There was a sense of nervousness in the air before puck-drop in semi-final two between AWARE and EXPEDIA. The team in black uniforms facing elimination, while the team in red looked to overcome last year’s disappointing early exit. 

AWARE Captain, Patrik Lundback, opted to not pick up any subs despite missing team leading scorer Devin Michael and rookie sensation Phu Suwachirat. EXPEDIA, struggling to dress a full team all season, were without John Schachnovsky, speedy youngster Win, recently injured Pratch and steady defenseman First; picking up a high-quality sub in Patrik Forstner to try to level the playfield.

EXPEDIA came out of the gate flying, pressuring Ollie Moyse to take a delay-of-game penalty trying to clear the puck out of his own zone in the first minute of the game. EXPEDIA’s number-one PP unit is impressive and it took just 4 seconds before Juhani Iljas made AWARE pay on the man advantage. AWARE somehow managed to survive just surrendering one goal in the first period, a frame where they were severely outplayed at times. The first seeded AWARE team played better in the middle period and went quickly up to 3-1 with goals from Ryan Yaden, Patrik Lundback and Corry Day. EXPEDIA continued to press and led the shots-on-net also entering the last period, forcing Patrick Leduc to make several key saves, but also pushing AWARE to take penalties. The pressure from EXPEIDA continued to start the third period, with David Boere of AWARE in the box for hooking. A flurry of good chances and near misses finally led to Rob Taylor and Juhani Iljas setting up Patrik Forstner in the dying seconds of the penalty to cut the AWARE lead to 3-2. 

But that is as close as the EXPEDIA team would get to even the semifinal best-of-tree series. Superb AWARE goalie Patrik Leduc shut the door and hard-shooting defenseman Yean Thanakroekkiat sealed the victory with 2 goals in the third for a 5-2 final; Yean’s last goal was an empty-netter with 30 seconds left on the clock. AWARE thereby punch their ticket to the SHL final on March 17th, where they will face off against HERTZ in a winner-takes-all showdown.

Corry day had another strong outing, scoring a nice breakaway goal and adding one assist earning him the Rolling Stone Pizza player of the game honours; although he, in a nice gesture after the game, gave his award to solid net minder Patrick Leduc for his work between the pipes. 

Yves Gaboriault stopped 16 of the shots he faced for EXPEDIA. As always, Patrik Leduc was amazing stopping 28 of the shots sent his way and he certainly couldn’t be faulted on the two hard-earned Power Play markers.  

The SHL final will be played Saturday March 17th. Please note the early game start 7:15pm. Immediately followed by a league party and fun festivities. Admission is free and the game takes place at the Rink, 7th floor, Central Grand Rama IX.

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Game 1 of the Semi-Finals, February 22, 2018

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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.

In our second game of the night, we had the Sukhumvit Spitfires against Hertz. If you look at the last 2 games of the regular season, Hertz seemed to be finding their stride, and they scored the first goal of the game just 30 seconds into the first period. Hertz scored their second goal of the night at 2:35 of the first period. Hertz played very defensively in the second period and prevented the Spitfires from scoring any goals. With just 1:47 left in the game, Moo Tengsakul scored an empty netter to seal the game for Hertz 3-0. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player went to Hertz’s netminder, Lance Parker for stopping all 27 shots.

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AWARE & Hertz take early playoff leads

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.

AWARE’s Devin Michael takes off with Expedia’s Rob Taylor in pursuit.

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.

It was Oliver Moyse night as everything he touched turned to gold, earning him the Rolling Stone Pizza player of the game honours; the first goal even went off his shin pad past Gaboriault.

Hertz owned game two from the get-go: they had more energy, continually beat Sukhumvit to the puck and their players were simply hungrier—they wanted it more. After first period goals by Brandon Vick and Bill Bredesen, both assisted by Hertz captain Justin St Denis, they added an empty-netter by Moo Tengsakul from Mike Triacca with 1:47 on the clock to seal the win.

Spitfire veterans Scott Murray and Michael White break out of their own zone against Hertz.

Parker stopped all 27 of the shots he faced in earning the playoff shut-out and the Rolling Stone Pizza player of the game. He looked like the Lance Parker of the previous year, when he led Sukhumvit to seven straight wins and the 2016-17 regular season championship. As always, Dream Ungkulpattanasuk was amazing stopping 36 of the shots sent his way and he certainly couldn’t be faulted on the two hard-earned and one empty-net markers from Hertz.

Indeed, it was a strange game for a few as the Spitfires’ Michael White and Dream were mainstays of the Hooters Nana team that upset the league-leading Spitfires in last year’s semi-final, while Parker was the Sukhumvit goalie they beat.

So, Oliver Moyse leads the early playoff scoring race with his three goals followed by teammates Mangkorn Sukwiboon & Devim Michael with a goal and an assist each. Hertz’s Justin St Denis sits in third spot with two assists.

The second games in these best-of-three SHL semi-final playoffs series will be played Sunday March 4th with Hertz playing Sukhumvit at 8:30pm and AWARE playing Expedia at 9:30pm. Expedia and Sukhumvit must win or their seasons are over. Admission is free and the games take place at the Rink, 7th floor, Central Grand Rama IX.

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SHL regular season wraps up: AWARE clinches title

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. 

AWARE’s Darius Konopetz & Hertz’s Mike Triacca search for the puck,

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.

In the third, it was Hertz time to regroup, and determined to clinch third overall they pumped in two more goals by Brandon Vick and a short-handed effort by Andy Brine to clinch the win and third spot with a 6-3 victory. Carly earned Rolling Stone Pizza player of the game honours for the second time this season for her stellar offensive and defensive play. Lance Parker stopped 34 of the 37 pucks fired his way for Hertz while Patrick Leduc stopped 28 of the 34 shots sent his way for AWARE.

AWARE lost for the second straight game and it proves how much their offense depends on Corry Day and how much their defense depends on captain Patrick Lundback, who both missed the last two games of the season as did defensive stalwart Christian Oloffson.

In game two, missing five regular players including captain Brad Wilson, the Spitfires added Scott Whitcomb, Tim Suphankomut and Top Rutthapong as substitutes. Expedia was missing star defenseman Juhani Ijas. Alas, the match was over six minutes after it started as the Spitfires jumped into a 1-0 lead on a goal by Jason Bitter. The Spitfires held this lead going into the first period but Scott Murray, Scott Whitcomb and Michael White increased that lead to 4-0 by the end of the second period.

Tim Suphankomut scored 3 points subbing for Sukhumvit on the night.The onslaught continued in the third with Sukhumvit scoring five more unanswered goals with Whitcomb and White each collecting their second goals of the night and Suphankomut, Harrison Oztemel and Ernesto Bauer adding singles. Both Whitcomb and Suphankomut had three-point nights, turning in solid games at both ends of the ice.
Sukhumvit veteran Jason Bitter took the Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game as he earned a goal and assist but Sukhumvit keeper Dream Ungkulpattanasuk did put in a claim for a fourth straight PoG honour, earning a shut-out as he turned away all 31 shots he faced. Expedia goalie Yves Gaboriault had a rough night letting in 24 of the 32 shots that came his way.

So, the final regular season SHL standings see AWARE atop the leaderboard with a 14-4 record; Sukhumvit in second spot with an 11-6-1; Hertz in third at 6-12 and Expedia in fourth spot with a 5-13 record.

Hertz’s Andy Brine is on top of the SHL stats race with eight goals and eighteen assists; Expedia’s Juhani Ijas is in second place with 20 points (eleven goals, nine assists) while AWARE’s Devin Michael and Sukhumvit’s Harrison Oztemel and Michael White are in a tie for third spot with 19 points, though Harrison is the league’s leading sniper with 15 goals.

The best-of-three SHL semi-final playoffs starts this Thursday February 22nd with AWARE playing Expedia at 8:30pm and Hertz playing Sukhumvit at 9:30pm. Admission is free and the games take place at the Rink, 7th floor, Central Grand Rama IX.

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The Sport Corner Siam Hockey League News Week 12 – February 11 – February 17, 2018

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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 second game at 9:30 we had a battle for the third place position between Hertz and Expedia. Both teams scored in the first period with Andy Brine scoring for Hertz and Stephen Sproule scoring for Expedia. The second period saw both teams scoring 2 goals apiece with Kim Lidberg and Brandon Vick scoring for Hertz and John Schachnovsky and Win Khuhakaew scoring for Expedia. The third period saw Hertz score 2 more goals, these by Kim Lidberg and Mike Triacca to finish it off 5-3 for Hertz. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Kim Lidberg for his 2 goals on the night.

In our second night of games on February 15, 2018.

In our first game of the night at 8:30 we had Expedia vs Aware. Expedia was ready for this one, scoring 2 goals in the first period, by First Kulrat and Andrew Shutsa to Aware’s one goal by Darius Konotopetz. The second period saw Expedia score one goal, this one by Ichiro Hara and shutting down Aware in the second period. The third period saw both teams scoring goals, for Expedia we had Patrick Forstner and for Aware it was Mongkorn Sukwiboon to end Expedia’s losing streak. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Andrew Shutsa for scoring his first SHL career goal.

In our second game of the night we had Hertz going against the Sukhumvit Spitfires. The Spitfires scored three goals in the first period, Oztemel had 2 and Patrick Forstner notching one to Hertz’s one by Mike Triacca. In the second period, the Spitfires added two more to their total, these by Forstner and Oztemel and Hertz adding one more, this one by Brandon Vick. The third period saw both teams netting 2 goals apiece for Hertz, they came from Justin St. Denis and Alasdair Fawcett and the two from the Spitfires were from Michael White and Ernesto “Buzzsaw” Bauer. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the game, for the third time in a row went to Dream Ungkulpattanasuk for stopping 45 of 49.

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Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game Andrew Shutsa of Expedia – February 15, 2018

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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.

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