In our second game of the night, at 10:00 pm, we had Aware facing off against the Novotel Spitfires. Things were pretty back and forth in the first period with neither team getting many scoring opportunities. The Novotel Spitfires scored two goals early in the second period. The first from Major Ingkharratphithakon, and the second from their captain, Mike Freeson. Early in the third period, John Schachnovsky put Aware on the board with a shot the bounced off of the Spitfires netminder, Lance Parker. Freeson increased Novotel’s lead to two again when he scored an unassisted goal in the middle of the third period. Aware tied things up with a goal by Roger Promthong and Roman Larin. With just 45 seconds left in the game, Ken Kindborn of the Novotel Spitfires scored an unassisted goal for the win. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Mike Freeson for his two goals.
In our first game of the night, on November 01, 2020 at 9:00 pm, we had Novotel Spitfires vs KCG. The battle for first place. Both teams had a record of 2-0 going into this game. The first period of this one was very back and forth with neither team getting many scoring opportunities. Early in the second period, Novotel’s captain, Mike Freeson, finally got one past Leo Liao to start things off. Things stayed at 1-0 until late in the second period when KCG took a high sticking penalty and the Spitfires took advantage with a goal by Scott Murray to put them up 2-0. Early in the second period, KCG got on the board when new player, Jan Isaksson scored on Ben Kleineschay. The game got even closer when there was a minute left in the game, KCG pulled their goalie and tied things up at 2. Unfortunately for KCG, Novotel’s Tomas Stastny received a pass from Freeson and found the back of the net to finish off the game 3-2.
This week we were expecting some really exciting games, and we weren’t disappointed.
In our first game we had the two undefeated teams going head to head, Novotel Spitfires vs KCG. The first period saw things really go back and forth with neither team really able to take advantage. Early in the second period, Novotel’s captain, Mike Freeson put the puck past Leo Liao. Things stayed stuck locked down at 1-0 until late in the second period, KCG took a high sticking penalty, which led to Scott Murray, of the Spitfires, scoring a power play goal to give them a 2-0 lead. Early in the third period, KCG finally get on the board with a goal by Jan Isaksson. With just over a minute left in the game, KCG pulled their netminder to give them an extra attacker and with one minute left in the game, KCG tied things up when Jari Eerikainen got one past Ben Kleineschay. Just ten seconds later, Ken Kindborn hit Mike Freeson who then found Tomas Stastny who buried the puck for the win. The rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Ben Kleineschay for his outstanding play between the pipes.
In our second game of the night on October 25, 2020 at 22:00, we had Siam Mandalay facing off against the Novotel Spitfires. Novotel started things off when Tomas Stastny scored the only goal in the first period. Stastny scored his second goal early in the second period to give the Spitfires a 2-0 lead. Late in the second period, Siam Mandalay tied things up late in the second period. Early in the third, Siam Mandalay took the lead early in the third period with a goal by Tan Limpinphet, but less than a minute later, Novotel tied things up with a goal by Mangkorn Sukwiboon. Stastny scored the game winner with just over 4 minutes left, making it a hat trick night for him and earning the Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game award.
In our first game of the night, we had Aware vs KCG. Aware came out strong and were leading half way through the second period 2-0. Then KCG came back and scored 3 goals before the end of the period. Aware scored one more in the 3 period, but KCG continued with their domination and scored another 3 goals. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to KCG captain, Harrison Oztemel for getting a hat trick on the night.
In our second game of the night, we had Siam Mandalay facing off against the Novotel Spitfires. Novotel started things off with a goal by Stastny, and scored a second in the second period, but Siam Mandalay came back scoring two goals of their own in the second period to tie things up. The third period had Siam Mandalay scoring one goal to the Spitfires 2 goals, giving the Novotel Spitfires the win. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Tomas Stastny for his hat trick in this one.
If our first game of the season, we had the Novotel Spitfires facing off against Aware. The Spitfires had a great game, coming out and dominated Aware, winning it 7-4. The Rolling Stone Pizza Player of the Game went to Novotel’s Ken Kindborn for scoring 2 goals and putting up 2 assists.
We had a change up in captains this year. We lost Patrik Lundback as the captain of Aware. Aware’s front office requested a trade of Justin St-Denis in the hopes of finally bringing the SHL Cup home. We also had Mike Wilson step down from being a captain. Stepping up, we had Harrison Oztemel becoming captain for the new team PEAK Biolabs, and Jordan Ashton becoming the captain for Hertz with Brad Wilson staying with the Novotel Spitfires.
For the first half of the season, Aware was doing the complete opposite of what they did last season, losing 7 of their first 9 games, but they continued to fight and won 5 more games, but this left them in last place of the season. Could captain, Justin St-Denis, pull off another upset to give himself a threepeat?
Dom interviews the 2019-2020 SHL Playoff MVP, from the Novotel Spitfires, Mike Freeson.
Dom interviews Novotel Spitfires captain, Brad Wilson before the finals matchup against PEAK Biolabs.
Dom and Zack talk about semifinal games 2 and 3 and what they expect from the final game.