2016-17 Asia League hockey season predictions

2016-17 Asia League Ice Hockey season predictions

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Anyang Halla

has won the regular season the last two years and won their third championship last year. With top flight scoring, defense and goaltending, they are second to none and will finish first again.

 

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Sakhalin

continued to tweak the roster in the off-season to find the right chemistry to unseat Halla as the top team. But with only 12 players returning from last year, and all the new faces taking time to adjust to the Asia League, Sakhalin will finish second.

 

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Oji Eagles

looked like they would miss the playoffs last season, but hot rookie goalie Onoda Takuto and scoring by committee propelled them into the playoffs. This season Shuhei Kuji returns from Germany. Two seasons ago, he led the Eagles with 61 points. Stephane Veilleux who joined mid-season last year brings his scoring and nastiness back. Two new imports, C/W Matt Murley and D Ryan Caldwell should  make the Eagles bigger and tougher to play against too.

 

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Tohoku Free Blades

After injuries to leading scorers Tanaka Go and Kim Staal caused them to miss the first 15 games, as well as injuries and under production from other players, goal scoring dropped from 188 to 138 goals last year.

The Blades were 8-7 in one goal games last year, so a healthy roster and the addition of Matt Pope should result in more offense and wins this year.

The goalies, Hata and Ito performed well but were a little off from their previous season. They should also see improvements this year with the added scoring.

On defense Logan Stephenson had a career year with 35 points and led league defensemen with 17 goals. He and Cole Jarrett will be called upon to provide the physical dissuasion to opponents venturing into the defensive zone.

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Nippon Paper Cranes

After missing the playoffs two years ago, the Cranes went out and got 40 goal scorer Uneo Hiroki as a free agent. He scored 34 in his Cranes debut.

Nishiwaki Masahito had his best season since his rookie year and Shigeno Shunsuke, Yanadori Shinya, and Shun Setaka all had career years.

Import player Jeff LoVecchio led the team with 56 points while Wacey Rabbit scored 41.

Goals against went from 3.27 to 2.60 and Ishikawa Hisashi rebounded from his worst season to have a career best 2.43 as a starter.

This season the Cranes are bigger with new imports. Casey Borer on the blue line is physical, can score and clear out the traffic.
Play making center Ben Walter is also good defensively and should work well with LoVecchio.

 

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Nikko Icebucks

Last season the Icebucks led the league by playing in 22 games decided by one goal and won 13. 15 games went to extra time, also first in the league. They made the playoffs with 71 points also an improvement over 58 points the previous season.

The Bucks depend heavily on goaltending to get them through games. The return of Fukufuji Yutaka from Europe saw them reduce their goals against from 199 to 150.

Four players scored more than 40 points last year with Mark Derlago leading with 63. David Bonk followed with 55 in 40 games.The Asia League’s all-time goal scorer, Saito Takeshi got 45 points and Saito Tetsuya matched a career high 40.

The Bucks are bringing in five new faces including Kevin Mitchell on defense. Yoon Ji-Man comes from Sangmu where he had 24 points. And three rookies who played for Japan’s U-20 team will get their first taste of pro hockey.

 

 

 

 

High1

Last season was a disaster. It was the worst season for the team since 2012-13  when that team was also comprised of many rookies and players with limited experience. The 2015-16 team collapsed in the second half winning 6 of 24

Goal scoring was down by 43 goals to average 2.52 goals per game while averaging 3.54 goals against. Also the 121 goals scored were the the lowest since 2010-11 and the 170 allowed the the worst ever.

The additions of Kim Hyeok from Daemyung Sangmu and Mikko Kukkonen from Europe to the defense corps, should help reduce the goals against. Meanwhile, Shin Hyung-Yun and Kim Hyung-Joon from Sangmu should also add some pop to goals for column.

Park Sung-Je again started almost every game but went from 20 to 12 wins and a career worst 27 losses and 3.42 GAA

All was not doom and gloom though. Kwon Tae-An had a break out season with 41 points. Rookie Tyler Brickler was on his way to the rookie scoring title until an injury sidelined him. He finished with 34 points in 40 games missing the scoring title by 3 points.

Mike Swift had yet another great year and won his fourth league scoring title

With a new coach this season and experience the team will improve, but it might not be enough to get into the playoffs.

 

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China Dragon

Eight is a lucky number for the Chinese and in this, the eighth, season of the China Dragon will see them get out of the basement. Last year they made strides under Coach Jeff Hutchins,(who has since returned to the EIHL).

For one thing the Dragon were in a lot of close games. They improved their powerplay and penalty kill. Also more players were given a chance to develop and play in different situations and for some it was an awakening.

This year’s team will have new imports Kevin Quick on defense to play with Matti Naatanen who scored 43 points last season.
Scott Barney returns to the Asia League after three seasons in Europe. When he last played in the Asia league, he scored 87 points with High1 in 2012-13. His monster size will create more scoring opportunities for his defenseman and other players as he is very hard to move from in front of the net.

 

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Daemyung Killer Whales

As the new team in the league they will finish ninth. With so many inexperienced players on the team and despite bringing in Brent Parnham and Adam Estoclet to lead the offense, they lack an offensive edge.

This team built by coach Benedict Song, who was known for a mean streak as a player in the Asia League, is full of similar players. It will make for exciting games, but with nine rookies just out of university it could also make for some long nights.

Th Killer Whales have only one way to go and with every win they’ll prove the doubters wrong.

Sakhalin training camp and preseason schedule Подготовка к сезону началась

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HC Sakhalin starts training camp

XK Сахалинские Подготовка к сезону началась

Sakhalin players, coaches and staff arrived in Moscow yesterday and will have medical exams then start training in the gym and on the ice.

Goalkeepers: Denis Korovaev, Andrei Stelmakh

Defenders: Dmitry Fakhrutdinov Alexei Shagov, Roman Alekseev, Alexey Koledaev, Igor Gorokhov, Timur Rasulov, Vladimir Korsunov

Forwards:. Ruslan Bernikov, Alexey Eremin Andrey Golyshev, Igor Ushakov, Sergejs Pechura, Timofei Shishkanov, Alexander Golovin, Daniel Bogdziul and Roman Voloshenko

Preseason Schedule

8/3 VS HK Slavutich (Smolensk) Russia 3 league

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8/7 and 8/9 VS Khimik Voskresensk of the VHL.

 

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8/15 to 8/19 Governor’s Cup of Tver Region tournament

 

 

8/20 to 8/25  HC Rostov.”

 

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8/28 Return to Sakhalin to start Asia League play.

Oji Eagles sign last two import players for 2016-17

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Today the Oji Eagles announced they have signed defenseman Ryan Caldwell and center/winger Matt Murley for the 2016-17 season. The signings fill out the Asia League quota of three players per team. The Eagles re-signed Stephane Veilleux in the spring.

Caldwell, a former New York Islanders draft pick, recorded 7 points in 13 regular season games for second place Lorenskog of the Norwegian Get Ligaen, and 5 points in 16 playoff games where Lorenskog lost in the finals to first place Stavanger Oilers. He’s just the latest Lorenskog player to join the Asia League after Jeff LoVecchio, Wacey Rabbit, and Alex Plante last season.

Matt Murley, a former 2nd round Pittsburgh Penguins, comes in from the Nürnberg Ice Tigers of the DEL where he recorded 25 points in 51 regular season games and 3 in 12 playoff games. He’ll get to clash with former Ice Tigers Cole Jarrett of the Tohoku Freeblades.

Hockey is Coming! 2016-17 Asia League schedule released today

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The Asia League released the 2016-17 schedule today. As per the press release:

 

The AL will open the regular season portion with games starting on Saturday, August 27, 2016 before rounding out the season on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Nine teams will play in a combined total of 216 games over the course of six months. Six teams atop the final regular season standings will advance to the playoffs and will vie for the title of AL Champion. Both the first round will feature a best-of-three series and semi-finals and finals will feature a best-of-five series format which will begin in March and April.

■2016-2017 Participating Teams
Oji Eagles (Tomakomai/Japan) / Nippon Paper Cranes (Kushiro/Japan) / H.C.Tochigi Nikko IceBucks (Nikko/Japan) / Tohoku Free Blades (Hachinohe/Japan) / Anyang Halla Ice Hockey Club (Anyang/Korea) / High1 Ice Hockey Team (Goyang/Korea) / Daemyung Killer Whales (Incheon/Korea) / China Dragon (Qiqihal/China) / Sakhalin (YuzhonoSakhalinsk/Russia)

■League Schedule
・Regular Season: Saturday, August 27, 2016 – Sunday, March 12, 2017
・Playoffs: Saturday, March 18, 2017 – Sunday, April 16, 2017

※Playoff rounds will feature a best-of-five series format.(First Round is a best-of-three) Playoff game schedule and start times will be determined at the conclusion of the regular season and semi-finals. Games will be played only as necessary.

 

Some notes on the schedule:

The league’s newest team, Daemyung Killer Whale, will open the 14th season with a three game series against the three time champions Anyang Halla from 8/27-8/30 at

-Japanese teams will not start play until 9/10 as the Japanese national team play in Latvia 9/1 – 9/4 in the final Olympic qualification round. Japan will face Latvia, Germany and Austria in Riga, Latvia in a must win situation.

The China Dragon will play home games in four different cities this year:

  • The Dragon’s first 3 games of the season will be in Jilin against Halla
  • Qiqihar will host 12 and be the HOME rink
  • Shanghai has 3 games
  • Beijing will see 6 games to close out the regular season

High1 will play home games in three rinks:

  • 13 at Goyang
  • 9 at chuncheon
  • 2 “Home” games at Anyang vs the Eagles and Cranes in the Anyang Classic

Anyang Halla weekend game starts are at 17:00 and weekday games 19:00.

14 game venues have not be decided yet

 

2016-17 English Schedule  2016-2017シーズン日程のお知らせ

 

ASIA LEAGUE ICE HOCKEY 7/4-7/8 NEWS

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Nikko Icebucks start on ice training with 17 players and no imports. Icebucks training schedule

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7/6 Head coach 岩本 裕司 IWAMOTO Yuji and players hold press conference about season expectations.

 

7/6 interview with rookie 古橋真来(フルハシ マクル)MAKURU FURUHASHI

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Oji Eagles start on ice training

 

 

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NIPPON PAPER CRANES WERE OUT PARTICIPATING IN VARIOUS COMMUNITY EVENTS

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TOHOKU FREEBLADES OFF ICE TRAINING

 

 

Sports and Moore interview with Hiranoh Yushiro and J.P. MacCallum

NHLサンノゼ・シャークスのルーキーキャンプに参加する平野裕志朗選手のインタビュー動画です。JPコーチもお元気そうです。

 

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Sakhalin

ВЛАДИМИР КОРСУНОВ ПОДЕЛИЛСЯ ВПЕЧАТЛЕНИЯМИ ОТ ПРИСОЕДИНЕНИЯ К КОМАНДЕ

Vladimir Korsunov interview

Kunlun Red Star join KHL; could be a problem for the China Dragon

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What affect could  the addition of the Kunlun Red Star, the new Beijing based KHL team, have on the China Dragon of the Asia League? The KHL rules state five players from a teams’ country must be on the roster and currently the Dragon are China’s top professional hockey team.

Before panicking let’s look at some options. The Chinese players could come from somewhere else. Andong Song perhaps? Nope. He’s at the New York Islanders Prospects mini-camp until July 1, and received a “Bona Fide Offer” which means the Isles retain his rights. Also, he’s likely to attend college in the US. Maybe his defense partner on the Chinese 2014-15 U-18 team, Simon Chen? No. He’s off to college in the US as well.

So the Red Star will have a few options to look for talent in China. Which are: getting players from the Dragon, picking guys from one of the four teams of the Chinese League, or going with youth by asking the Beijing Ice Hockey team for players.

Two other options could be to sign players born in China or with a Chinese parent, but grew up abroad or recruit foreign nationals to play for the Chinese National team. This move would allow them to fit under the KHL rules. It’s not like it hasn’t been done before.

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Possible affect for the China Dragon

Although the China Dragon have struggled to find success since their inception, a few players have started to emerge. After all, people forget that on  the Asia League website it says they want to develop players to compete on the international stage.

One of these players is 23 year old, Mingxi Yang. The 177 cm, 76 kg defenseman has represented China for the last seven seasons. In 2015-16, he had his best season, both as a pro and in international competition. Another defenseman, Hu Tianyu won two Asia League championships in three seasons with the Tohoku Freeblades before returning to the Dragon. It’s likely the knowledge and training he gained could see him as a possible candidate for joining the Red Star. Also forward and energy player, Peng Sun could be wearing a Kunlun jersey next year. Although not a scorer, Peng wasn’t afraid to get physical when needed.

Whatever happens in the next few months,  the addition of the Kunlun Red Star could have a immediate negative affect on the Dragon. However, long term, it is a win for Chinese hockey.

 

 

FACEBOOK has knocked off Hockey in Asia

Hi everybody. Today FB book kicked “Hockey Inasia” off for some reason. The ID you’ve chatted with over the year or so.

You can contact at twitter @hockeyinasia or gmail hockeyinasia@gmail.com until we try to get this fixed

 

Nikko Icebucks sign 19 for 2016-17

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# Pos. Name
1 G Ryu Shoutaro 龍 翔太郎
38 G Ono Kohei 小野 航平
44 G Fukufuji Yutaka 福藤豊
5 D Ishikawa Takahiro
9 D Sato Hiroto 佐藤 大翔
28 D Ohtsu Yusei 大津 夕聖
34 D Takahashi Junichi 高橋 淳
54 D  Ito Goshi 伊藤 剛史
74 D Kawai Ryuichi 河合 龍
10 LW Mark Derlago マーク・ディレイゴ
12 W Konno Mitsuyoshi 今野 充彬
13 C Iwamoto Kazuma 岩本 和真
16 C Saito Tetsuya 齋藤 哲也
18 F Furuhashi Makuru
22 F   Omuku Maito
23 RW Suzuki Yuta 鈴木 雄大
30 C Gorai Takuto 牛来 拓都
51 C  David Bonk デイビッド ボンク
91 RW Saito Takeshi 齋藤 毅

Sakhalin ПСК Сахалин continues to retool the roster with 4 new additions in 3 days

hcsakhalinSo far with 15 confirmed signings including 5 new players the 2016-17 Sakhalin roster is taller, heavier and the oldest in the league at just over 30 years old on average. The defense has undergone the most change with three new faces: Igor Gorokhov (25) and Timur Rasulov (27) signed 5/27 and Vladimir Korsunov (33) signed 4/18.

Gorokhov had only 12 points in 46 games played over the past two seasons with three different low ranked VHL teams. Perhaps he will get be given a chance to show what he can really do with Sakhalin.

Rasulov has played in four leagues the past four seasons and will be looking for a stable spot on the Sakhalin blueline.

Korsunov brings world class experience after having won gold for Russia for U-17-U-20 as well as a VHL championship in 2010-11. He was VHL defenseman of the month in December 2015, and the 33 year-old former Anaheim Ducks draft pick should bring a calming presence and grit to the defense corps.

Goalie  Andrei Stelmakh, is the eight goalie for Sakhalin and will likely be the backup to Denis Korovayev if he re-signs for a third year. Korovayev along with Daniel Metliuk, Alexander Golovin, and Dmitry Fakhrutdinov were offered contract extensions in April with only Fakhrutdinov signing so far.

Yesterday’s signing of 22 year-old C/LW  Daniel Bogdziul of Lithuania, a big center who is coming off his best professional season of 47 points in Norway’s second league, gives Sakhalin a good face-off man and another solid playmaker. Bogdziul will be an exciting player to watch judging from his international awards and scoring prowess in IIHF competitions.

 

Sakhalin hires new coach and assistant coach

hcsakhalinFrom Sakhalin team website.

 

 

The team has hired Sergei Tertyshny Сергей Тертышный as its new head coach and Yevgeni Ikonnikov Евгений Иконников as assistant coach. Teryshny, 45, was an assistant coach with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL/Russia league from 2007-2014. He’s a former Washington Capitals draft pick from 1994 and played for the Portland Pirates of the AHL 1994-96 before returning to Russia where he retired form played in 2006.

During his time with Trakor Chelyabinsk, the team made five playoff appearances including the Gagarin Cup finals in 2011-12 against Dynamo Moscow.

Assistant coach Yevgeni Ikonnikov, 37, played in Russia and Kazahkstan as center from 1996 to 2012 and this his first coaching stint with a professional club

 

Daemyung Killer Whales

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Pos  Name DOB Ht (cm) Wt kg) Previous team
G 엄현승 Eum Hyun-Seung 1984-05-28 175 73 Anyang Halla (Asia)
G 이창민 Lee Chang-Min 1992-07-14 185 88 Dongyang Eagles (KIHL)
D 조재형 Cho Jae-Hyeong 1990-10-22 180 83 Dongyang Eagles (KIHL)
D 김범진 Kim Bum-Jin 1987-01-11 178 84 Sangmu (Asia)
D 오현호 Oh Hyeon-Ho 1986-10-29 175 77 High1 (Asia)
D 이승원 Lee Seung-Won 1993-03-12 182 85 Korea Univ.
D  이재규 Lee Jae-Gyu 1993-10-13 181 80 Korea Univ.
D 이호성 Lee Ho-Sung 1993-08-18 179 75 Yonsei Univ.
D  오광식 Oh Kwang-Sik 1987-04-20 174 83 Sangmu (Asia)
F 이동민 Lee Don-Min 1989-06-27 172 65 Sangmu (Asia)
F 김동연 Kim Dong-Yeon 1988-01-12 170 70 Waves (KIHL)
F 김준희 Kim June-Hee 1993-12-03 171 75 Korea Univ.
F 박기선 Park Ki-Seon 1993-04-13 178 78 Korea Univ.
F 박중현 Park Jung-Hyun 1993-11-24 178 78 Yonsei Univ.
F 박태환 Park Tae-Hwan 1989-06-24 177 80 Dongyang Eagles (KIHL)
F 서동현 Seo Dong-Hyun 1994-09-12 180 82 Islanders HC USPHL Elite
F 이동근 Lee Dong-Gun 1994-01-10 170 80 Yonsei Univ.
F 윤상원 Yoon Sang-Won 1993-04-01 172 73 Yonsei Univ.

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Japan’s final chance to make the 2018 Winter Olympics

The Japanese national men’s hockey team will have its last chance to qualify for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea when they play in Latvia 9/1 – 9/4 in the final Olympic qualification round. Japan will face Latvia, Germany and Austria in Riga, Latvia in a must win situation.

The national team had a disappointing showing at the 2016 Ice Hockey World Championship division 1 group A tournament in April 2016. The Japanese lost all five games and managed to score only seven goals while allowing five per game.

Riga, Latvia 9/1 – 9/4, 2016

Latvia
Germany
Austria
Japan

Korea to be busy at 3 EIHC tourneys in 2016-17, including as host of one

The South Korean men’s national hockey is scheduled to play in three European Ice Hockey Challenges in 2016-17. The first one will be in Hungary 10/31-11/6, the second in Poland 12/12-12/18 and Korea will host 2/6-2/12,2017.

Hungary 10/31 – 11/6

Group 1 Group 2
Denmark Austria
Hungary Italy
Poland Korea

 

 

Poland 12/12 – 12/18

Korea
Kazakhstan
Ukraine
Poland

 

korean flagKorea 2/6 – 2/12

Hungary
Denmark
Japan
Korea

 

Complete Euro ICE Hockey Challenge 2016-17 schedule

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASIA LEAGUE TEAM OFFICIALS MEET IN TOKYO TO DISCUSS EXPANSION AND IMPORT PLAYERS

ASIA LEAGUE TEAM OFFICIALS MEET IN TOKYO TO DISCUSS EXPANSION AND IMPORT PLAYERS
Team representatives and Asia League officials concluded a two day meeting yesterday in Tokyo to discuss the future of the league. A plan to add two Chinese teams for the 2016/17 has been pushed back to 2017/18 as the the unnamed candidates failed to meet league criteria. With the addition of two teams the league would have been been divided into two conferences.

The increase in the limit of import players and the changing status of Russian players were also discussed along with the general management of the league and sports marketing.

Source: http://oneteamsakhalin.ru/hockey/news/v-tokio-zavershilos-soveschanie-predstaviteley-klubov-i-soveta-aziatskoy-hokkeynoy-ligi

Asia League Award Winners 2015-16

Award Player Team Position Previous wins
MVP Mike Testwuide Anyang Halla RW 1st
Most Points Mike Swift High1 C 4th
Most Assists Alexei Eremin Sakhalin LW 1st
Top Goal Scorer Mike Testwuide Anyang Halla RW 1st
Best Save Percentage Takuto Onoda Oji Eagles G 1st
Rookie of the Year Takuto Onoda Oji Eagles G
Hockey Town in Asia Anyang Halla 3rd
Leaders Flag Anyang Halla 4th

 

top 6 players

Player Team Position Previous wins
Mike Testwuide Anyang Halla RW 1st
Alexei Eremin Sakhalin LW 1st
Cho Min-Ho Anyang Halla C 1st
Eric Regan Anyang Halla D 2nd
Kirill Stepanov Sakhalin D 1st
Takuto Onoda Oji Eagles G 1st

Scoring streaks 2015-2016

 

Current Streaks Team Position Games ( Points)
  Brett Parnham Dragon C 8 (8 goals 6 assists)
Alexei Tkachuk Sakhalin RW 8 (4 goal 9 assists)
Kim Staal Blades LW/RW 7 (6 goals 7 assists)
Kawai Takuma Blades LW 6 (3 goals 4 assists)
Kirill Stepanov Sakhalin D 5 (1 goal 6 assists)

Points

Team Position Games ( Points)
Jeff LoVecchio Cranes LW 16 (12 goals 16 assists 28 points)
Shigeno Shunsuke Cranes C 15 (8 goals 16 assists 24 points)
Alexei Eremin Sakhalin C 14 (6 goals 19 assists 25 points)
Kim Sang-Wook Sangmu C 14 (8 goals 18 assists 26 points)
Cho Min-Ho Halla C 12 (5 goals 22 assists 27 points)
Mike Testwuide Halla RW 12 (15 goals 11 assists 26 points)
Michael Swift High1 C 11 (6 goals 11 assists 17 points)
Eric Regan Halla D 11 (2 goals 11 assists 13 points)
Michael Swift High1 C 10 (8 goals 14 assists 22 points)
Tyler Brickler High1 RW 9   (4 goals 11 assists 15 points)

GOALS

Team Position Games (Goals)
Jeff LoVecchio Cranes LW 8 (12 goals)
Shin Sang-Woo Halla C 6 (6 goals)
Park Woo-Sang Halla LW 6 (6 goals)
Mark Derlago Icebucks C 5 (5 goals)
Mike Testwuide Halla RW 5 (9 goals)
Mark Derlago Icebucks LW 4 (5 goals)
Kim Sang-Wook Sangmu C 4 (5 goals)
Mike Testwuide Halla RW 4 (5 goals)
Ruslan Bernikov Sakhalin LW 4 (5 goals)
Ueno Hiroki Cranes LW 4 (5 goals)

ASSISTS

Eric Regan Halla D 11 (11 assists)
Shigeno Shunsuke Cranes C 10 (14 assists)
Jeff LoVecchio Cranes LW 8 (10 assists)
Daisuke Obara Eagles C 8 (11 assists)
Kim Sang-Wook Sangmu C 8 (11 assists)
Evan Stoflet Dragon D 7 (8 assists)
Michael Swift High1 C 7 (10 assists)
5 tied with 6 games

Tonight: Island Hockey

All three games tonight will affect the playoff positions of all involved.

Top 6 as of 2/25/2016

Top 6 as of 2/25/2016

 

Sakhalin vs China Dragon at 6 Pm KSt/ 7 PM local time in Sakhalin

Second place Sakhalin is hosting the last place China Dragon in the first of a three game season ending series tonight that can it be seen here.

Sakhalin is currently on a five game win streak and can set a league record with their 33rd win tonight. However, should the Dragon win or take the game to extra time they will damage Sakhalin’s chance of finishing first overall.

Sakhalin is six points behind first place Halla which only needs to win one of its remaining two games to finish first (based on total wins) and would also have home ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

The last place Dragon have lost their last three, but only need three points to set a team record for points in a season.

Oji Eagles vs Nippon Paper Cranes 7 PM JST

at Big Hat Arena in Nagano, Japan

Two points separate the Cranes and Eagles who are in third and fourth respectively. They both play Halla and High1 in double headers on Saturday and Sunday in Tokyo.

The Cranes have lost 4 in a row, but the Eagles are on a 3 game win streak.

As for tonight’s game, an Eagles win will prevent  the Tohoku Freeblades from advancing beyond fifth place.

Nikko Icebucks vs Tohoku freeblades at 6:30 PM JSt in Nikko

The Blades are riding a 3 game win streak and the Bucks won there last game the Icebucks are 7 points behind the Blades in the standings.

Watch here

 

Halla/High1 game review

 

Anyang Halla vs High1 5:00 KST today 2/21 at Anyang

Watch the game live HERE

High1 upset Halla yesterday with a 4-2 win ending Halla’s 18 game winning streak at home. They also ended their own 10 game road losing streak.

High1 got out to a quick lead at 1:44 of the first when Mike Swift opened the scoring with a power-play goal for his 400th career point.  He is the sixth player in the Asia league to record 400 points. Swift would also add another goal, his 30, and an assist to give him 68 points on the season and first place in the scoring race.

Rookie Tyler Brickler scored his 10th at the midway point of the first to give High1 a 2-0 lead on 6 shots after 20.

Halla shelled High1 goalie Park Sung-Je with 21 shots in the first but he was solid and cool as a cucumber in face of the shots.

The second started like the first, Brickler scored his 11th on the powerplay at 23:48 to put High1 up 3-0.

Bryan Young delivered some awesome hits throughout the period, including one that sent Kim Hyun-Soo flying.

Halla continued to hammer away with 19 shots in the period and got on the scoresheet when defenseman Alex Plante came in and swept a lose puck by a sprawled Park for his 6th at  38:15.

High1 managed only 4 shots in the 2nd.

Halla got a quick goal to start the third. Kim Won-Jun scored his 6th at 1:27 into the 3rd and Halla.

MIke Swift added his second goal, an empty netter at 49:59 to give High1 a 4-2 lead

Halla kept up the barrage with 15 shots but couldn’t get back even with a 5 on 3 powerplay in the last 1:20 of the 3rd.

Son Ho-Sung saw only 14 shots during the game stopping 11.

Eric Regan and Alex Plant combined for 13 shot of Halla’s 55 shots.

Tyler Brickler’s 2 points give him 33 and fa two way tie for first among rookies.

Legend, Song Dong-Hwan had three assists for High1 to give the all-time leading Asia League scorer 466 points.

2/20/2016 Game Previews

Game previews 2/20/2016

China Dragon vs Tohoku Freeblades 4pm

The Dragon play their final home game today before heading on the road for the final 3 games at Sakhalin.
With a win today, the Dragon can set a new team record for points in a season.

The fifth place Blades go for their 20th win today.

Anyang Halla vs High1 5pm
Watch the game:
www.anyanghalla.com/MediaCenter/hall alive.asp

Halla has the best home record with only one loss in 22 games and has won 18 in a row at home including 9 straight 60 minute wins.
High1 has lost 9 in a row overall and the last 10 on the road.

Daemyung Sangmu vs Nikko Icebucks 6pm

Watch the game:

onthesports.co.kr
The Icebucks have won all 4 games against Sangmu this season including a 5-3 on 2/18/2016

Sangmu had a 3 game home winning streak snapped with the 5-3 loss and are 3-7 their last 10

Watch Asia League Games this weekend 1/30-31/2016

Icebucks vs High1 at 14:00 JST

닛코 아이스벅스 vs 하이원

H.C.栃木日光アイスバックス vs ハイワン

Никко Айс Бакс vs Хай 1

Cranes vs Sakhalin at 15:00 JST 

일본제지 크레인즈 vs 사할린

日本製紙クレインズ vs サハリン

Ниппон Пэйпер Крейнс vs Сахалин

Halla vs Freeblades at 15:00 JST

안양 한라 vs 도호쿠 프리블레이즈

東北フリーブレイズ vs アニャンハルラ

Анян Хала vs Тохоку Фри Блейдс

Sangmu vs Eagles at 14:00 JST*

대명상무 vs 오지 이글스

王子イーグルス vs デミョンサンム

Сангму vs Одзи Иглз

*http://onthesports.co.kr/ will post highlights and a replay of today’s Sangmu game, but no live feed.

Game Previews 1/28/2015

High1 at Nikko Icebucks 18:30 JST

High1 currently trails the Icebucks for the sixth and final playoff spot by 10 points. The Icebucks just played three games against first place Anyang Halla that required extra time and came away with 4 of 9 points. High1 has lost seven in a row on the road including an overtime loss. In that span they have scored only 8 goals.

The Icebucks haven’t done much better, with only two overtime wins in their last ten home games. However, they’ve found the scoring touch with 19 goals in 6 games in January.

High1 has gone 3-5 at Nikko since 2012-2013, most them have been close games.

Daemyung Sangmu at Oji Eagles 18:30 JST

The fourth game of the year between these two. The Eagles are looking to put space between themselves and the fifth place Free Blades and at the same time try to gain ground on the third placed Nippon Paper Cranes.

The Eagles lead the season series 2-1 after 5-2 and 6-0 wins and an 2-3 OT loss in October in Incheon.

The Eagles are coming off two losses at home to Sakhalin. In both games the Eagles had 2-0 leads but couldn’t hold on. January hasn’t been kind to the Eagles they are 3-6 this month.

Sangmu is 2-7 in January and is looking to play spoiler the rest of the season. They can still finish in seventh place.

Sakhalin at Nippon Paper Cranes 18:30 JST

This is the fourth game of a penalty filled series. So far the teams have combined for 6 for 46 on the power play and Sakhalin has 2-1 advantage.

The Cranes are 5-3 this month including two consecutive shutouts of Sangmu, before losing 3-2 on the 26th.

Sakhalin is 5-2 in January.

 

Anyang Halla at Tohoku Freeblades 19:00 JST

Halla has won all three games by a score of 18-5, but Halla is so-so on the road and the Blades have won their last 5 at home.

 

 

 

Game Previews 1/23/2016

Nikko Icebucks vs Anyang Halla, 16:00, Nikko, Japan

After an 8-0 home stand, first place Anyang Halla start a six game road trip to Japan with a three game set against the sixth place Icebucks. The Icebucks are returning home after a 3 game series in Sakhalin where they went 1 and 2. The last time they meet was back in September in Anyang and Halla won 2 games to 1. It’s the only loss for Halla on home ice this season.

Halla has already secured a playoff spot, but the team from The House of Orange is clinging to the final position with High1 and Sangmu knocking on the door.

The Icebucks have lost 5 straight at home, including back to back shutouts by the Oji Eagles, and Halla sweep the China Dragon in their last road action.

Last 10: Halla 10-0 Icebucks 4-6

Nippon Paper Cranes VS Daemyung Sangmu 17:00, Kushiro, Japan

The Cranes are glad to be home after a long 3-5 road trip.They host Sangmu after sweeping them 3-0 by a combined score of 15-2 in October in Incheon.

Sangmu is currently on a 10 game road trip that has seen them play Halla and the Dragon and come with out a 1 and 3 record in the process.

Sangmu has leaned on centerman Kim Sang-Wook to be the offensive spark for the team. Earlier in the year he had 14 game scoring streak (8 goals 18 assists 26 points). Not to be outdone, the Cranes Jeff LoVecchio had a 16 game streak (12 goals 16 assists 28 points) and Shigeno Shunsuke had a 15 game streak (8 goals 16 assists 24 points).

Expect an entertaining game.

Tohoku Freeblades Vs High1, 17:00 at  Hachinohe, Japan

High1 will play their remaining 11 games of the season on the road after going 9-15 at home. High1 has 4 wins in 14 road games so far.

The Blades are another team happy to be on home ice where they are  11-7. They are coming home after being swept in Sakhalin 3-0. The Blades managed 3 goals while allowing 13.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch this weekend’s games 1/23-24/2016 games online!

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The Tohoku Freeblades will be streaming their games versus High1 this weekend and Tuesday here:

http://www.oh-en.com/web/

Broadcast schedule times are Japan Standard Time (JST). The feed will begin 10 minutes before game time.
January 23 (Sat) 16:50 start (17:00 played)
January 24 (Sun) 14:50 start (15:00 played)
January 26 (Tuesday) 18:50 start (19: 00 played)

You can also watch replays of previous games.

 

nippon_paper_cranes The Cranes games are sometimes streamed by a fan at http://twitcasting.tv/hiroat9hours , who goes offline during the intermissions and returns. He gives a play by play in Japanese. The Cranes will be playing Daemyung Sangmu. There are replays of games and previous periods under the “Live History” link on the page.

 

 

nikko_ice_bucks The Nikko Icebucks games are also sometimes streamed by a fan at http://twitcasting.tv/kirihuridayori , who also goes offline during intermissions. There are replays of games and previous periods under the “Live History” link on the page.

Got a noisy neighbor? Become the noisy one, and crank it as you get to hear the loudest, most energetic fans in the league cheer on the Bucks against first place Anyang Halla when you watch these live streams!

 

 

Sangmu marches to victory against the Dragon

Mun Kuk-Hwan’s 7th goal of the year just 49 seconds into the game was all Hwang Hyun-Ho needed as he stopped 38 shots to give Daemyung Sangmu a 4-0 win and earn his third career shutout.

Park-Sang Jin (10th) and Kim Hyun-Joon (3rd) scored in a span of 1:14 in the second period, and Lee Chan-Hwi scored an empty-net goal for his first for Sangmu since coming over from High1 in early December.

Hashimoto Michio stopped 22 of 25 shots for the Dragon in the loss and Brett Parnham made his return from an injury that cost him 13 games and had 5 shots on goal and a -1 rating.

 

It was a mild game with only 7 penalties called. Both teams combined 0-7 on the powerplay.