There were goals galore at the CIHL hockey league at Mega Ice on Saturday Jan 18 when Kowloon Warriors got their revenge on Macau Aces and South China Sharks spanked the Hong Kong Tycoons.
Warriors vs Aces
Goals by Kory Falite (2) and Michael Yoshino for Warriors, with no response from the Aces, put the Warriors firmly in the driving seat at the end of the Period 1.
Even after an early Period 2 goal by Jeff Griffin for the Aces the Warriors pushed further ahead, with scores by Devin Welsh (2) and Michael Dick to enter the final stanza with a 6-1 lead.
The Aces hit back hard in the first half of Period 3 with a hat-trick of goals by Christian Long to recover to 6-4 with seven minutes of the game remaining. It looked as if the Warriors were not going to hold on, but the gap was just too great for the Aces to bridge.
Kory Falite racked up another two goals later in the period to give the Warriors a memorable 8-4 victory. 3-Star award winners were Warriors’ Falite (4 goals), Eric McKenna (5 assists) and Aces Long (3 goals).
Sharks vs Tycoons
The Sharks really bit hard into a depleted Tycoons squad with several of their regular players unavailable.
Jordan So (2) and Julien Jorand put the Sharks 3-nil up in the first period and then piled on another three goals in Period 2 with scores by So, Jorand and Justin Cheng making it 6-nil with the final 12 minute session still to come.
By that time the Tycoon’s new boys were exhausted and had little left to offer allowing one way traffic to the tune of a further seven goals, making it a whopping 13-nil result. Another three goals for So; one more each for Jorand and Cheng; with Anthony Devotz and Keith Tsang adding the other two scores.
Tycoons’ goalie Dean Tzembelicos made 68 saves to earn him one of the 3-Star awards. Jordon So (6 goals and 3 assists) and Justin Cheng (2 goals and 5 assists) were the other two 3-Star winners.
These results allowed the Sharks to get back in striking distance of the Aces and gives the Warriors a more respectable looking 8 points going into the last three games.
Standings after 12 of 15 rounds: Macau Aces 18, South China Sharks 14, Hong Kong Tycoons 12 and Kowloon Warriors 8.