Aces Keep Top Spot as Sharks Move Up in China Ice Hockey League

Ice Hockey—CIHL
By Bill Cox, Epoch Times
January 9, 2014 Updated: January 9, 2014

Another exciting encounter between Macau Aces and the Hong Kong Tycoons got the second half of the 2013-14 CIHL Hockey season off to a roaring start at Mega Ice on Saturday Jan 4. With 11 goals scored in the tie it was all action with Aces just taking the victory.

After being goal-less in the first two periods of the second match of the night, a flurry of 9-goals and frantic action in the final period brought the Sharks and Warriors game to life.

Aces vs Tycoons
After an initial Hong Kong Tycoons goal by Tim Kobler, Macau Aces pushed ahead to lead 3-1 after the first period with Darren Winia, Alvin Sham and Yosef Natour adding to the score line.

Andy Brine added a fourth goal for the Aces early in the second period but Tycoons had an inspired 2-minute patch mid-way through the period with goals by Drew Barton, Jim Fanstone and a second goal for Kobler to finish the stanza on 4-4 equal terms.

Aces stretched the lead again early in the final leg with goals by Bernard Fung and Andy Brine to move the Aces into a strong 6-4 position.

Wave after wave of attacks from the Tycoons could not get the puck past Aces goalie Korbinian Lutz until Jim Fanstone, assisted by Drew Barton, closed the gap to 6-5 with 29 seconds left on the clock.

Frantic efforts by Tycoons could not force the equaliser leaving Aces 6-5 winners.

Sharks vs Warriors

With a dogged stalemate over the first 2-periods one could not foresee the goal flurry that took place in the period-3.

“Tit for tat” goals by Jamie Stark for South China Sharks and Devin Welsh for the Kowloon Warriors got the period off to a flying start.

But scores by Sharks Jordan So, Craig Roessel and another by So, pushed Sharks into a 4-1 lead with only 5-minutes of the period gone.

Warriors, despite being a bit unlucky at times, battled away and Greg Smyth managed to push two goals past Sharks Cody Drumm. But a score by Ronald Mathez gave the Sharks a two goal buffer as the final period drew to a close.

A third goal for Jordan So—scored while the goalie-less Warriors desperately threw all men forward—sealed a 6-3 win for the Sharks.

CIHL Hockey League Standings
Macau Aces 16, South China Sharks 12, Hong Kong Tycoons 11 and Kowloon Warriors 4.