HONG KONG—Match of the week in the China Ice Hockey League (CIHL) at Mega Ice was the game between Hong Kong Tycoons and the Kowloon Warriors. It was all action from the start. The competitive Warriors side which had already proved themselves with a win against the Macau Aces and a close overtime loss to South China Sharks, were knocked off their feet when Tycoons’ Kory Falite racking up 5-goals in the first period of play—all with assists by Brad Smith. Great keeping by King Ho stopped an avalanche of attacks by Warriors.
Warriors regrouped and hit back in the second period scoring 4-goals and restricting the Tycoons to just 1-score, bringing them back in touch to 6-4 at the break. At that point the Warriors were back in the match and when Warriors Greg Smyth scored in the first minute of the 3rd stanza they were just 1-goal down at 6-5.
The match played at frantic pace continued back and forth with both teams setting up formidable attacks, but then in the 7th and 10th minutes of the session the Tycoons again took control with successive strikes by Brad Smith. Anthony Devolz added a late goal to make the final score 9-5 to Tycoons.
Tycoons’ Falite and Smith, and Eric McKenna of Warriors received 3-star awards.
Sharks vs Aces
Five goals in the first period of this match between South China Sharks and Macau Aces continued the goal-scoring feast of the evening. Tyler Doherty, Jeff Ceccacci, Benjamin Hockley and Michael Kwist all scored for the Aces while a single reply by Sharks was scored by Julien Jorand, leaving a first session score at 4-1 to Aces.
In the second period Aces scored twice (Darren Winia and Kwist) while Sharks striker Jordan So was sin-binned and off Ice for 10 minutes cutting down the Aces attacking strength.
In the 3rd stanza, a second goal for Ceccacci pushed the Aces to 7-1. Sharks hit back with goals by So and Kevin Tersigni reducing the deficit to 7-3 before Daren Winia widened the gap again for the Aces to 8-3. Jordan So scored for Sharks in the 8th minute of the final period but Aces shut the door and took a well deserved win 8-4 win.
Tycoons push to the top of the standings equal on points to Sharks (4) while Warriors lurk 1-point below and Aces win keeps them in touch on 2-points.