Month: December 2015

Ding Dong the Streak is Dead! Daemyung Sangmu ends team record 8 game skid.

The chronically short-staffed Sangmu platoon ended their losing streak with a 5-4 victory against the Tohoku Free Blades tonight. Their nearly dead power play jolted back to life tonight by going 3/9 and their penalty killers went 4/5 to end the longest losing streak in team history.  Motono Michitaka’s third goal from Logan Stephenson and Tanaka Go opened the scoring at 3:53 of the first period. Sangmu replied shortly after on a power play when Kim Sang-Wook wristed his 13th goal from the right faceoff circle past Itoh Yuto.

Sangmu went 1/3 in the first whille the Blades were 0/1.

2nd period

A string of penalties offered both teams plenty of room to operate in the period. Sangmu started the scoring with a short-handed marker by Lee Bon-Jin (5th goal) when he and Park Sang-Jin at 1:51 into the period . After being burned, the Free Blades banged home a 5 on 3 goal when Kim Staal’s point shot was tipped through a screen by Tanaka Ryo (7th) just over four minutes later. More penalties lead to two more Sangmu power play goals from Shin Hyung-Yun (9th) and defenseman Oh Kwang-Sik (3rd). SAngmu ended the second with a 4-2 lead.

3rd period

The Blades came out firing! 24 of their 52 shots on goal came in the third period and two by Shinohara Kota (3rd) and Yamashita Takuro (5th) found their way behind Han Jae-Ik. However, Mun “Cookie” Kuk-Hwan’s sixth goal of the year won the game for Sangmu.

 

The teams meet again on Saturday, December 12 at 18:00 KST and the game should be on On The Sports

 

Sangmu will try to avoid getting cut tonight when they host Blades

The Tohoku Freeblades take the bus (Santa’s sleigh maybe?) to Incheon tonight for their fourth meeting with Daemyung Sangmu at 6pm KST. Sangmu went 1-2 in 3 games against the Blades in Hachinoe to open the season. The teams find themselves in opposite positions from the previous three meetings with Sangmu being short-staffed this time. Neither team is afraid to go nuclear. Whether they dress 12 or 20 guys, the penalty box doors often get a workout when these teams clash.

The Blades are 6-4 in their last 10 but have dropped 2 straight They are 4-6 on the road including 2-0 in their last two.  Meanwhile, Sangmu has lost 8 in a row (4 straight at home) and is 1-9 in their last 10 and 3-11 at home.

Sangmu’s power play has been dreadful this year with 7 power play goals at home, yet only one in their last ten games (1/40). The Blades have the second best road power play, 10/37 27%. Sangmu also has the worst penalty kill at home with 64.7%.

Watch the game at http://onthesports.co.kr/

 

All-time Head to Head
Overall
GP W L OT SO GF GA
Blades 15 8 5 0-1 0-1 48 41
Sangmu 15 5 8 1-0 1-0 41 48
Home
Blades 9 5 4 0-0 0-0 24 26
Sangmu 6 1 3 1-0 1-0 15 24
Away
Blades 6 3 1 0-1 0-1 24 15
Sangmu 9 4 5 0-0 0-0 26 24

 

High1 come up sevens against the Dragon.

On 12/8 in Beijing, High1 completed their regular season series sweep of the China Dragon with a 7-2 win.  The Dragon had an early power play 1:31 after the opening faceoff but couldn’t convert. Just over two minutes after the penalty expired, Kwon Tae-An scored his 11th of the year and 6th in 6 games for High1. (Note: Kwon didn’t score a goal on 12/6 but had an assist giving him 6 G 2 A for 8 points in six games). High1 failed to capitalize on their first power play as well.

Hashimoto Michio made his league leading 33 start for the Dragon and stopped 10 of 11 shots in the first, while Park Sung-Je made his 24th start for High1 and stopped all 11 shots he faced.

2nd period

High1 carried over a power play from the first, and before the puck dropped to start the second, were gifted a second power play when Kashino Yoshikazu received two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct giving the Gang from Goyang a 5 on 3 power play.  A minute later defenseman Bryan Young scored his 5th of the year followed by Mike Swift’s 19th 30 seconds after to put High1 up 3-0. They continued on a roll when rookie Oh Se-Ahn notched his first of the year, giving High1 3 goals in under six minutes to start the second period.

The Dragon had 4 power play chances in the second but couldn’t beat Park. However, a few seconds after the second power play expired, Suzuki Masahito got his second goal of the season.

Not to be outdone, Mike Swift scored again to round out the second period. By getting his 20th, Swift becomes only the second player to start his Asia League career with five 20 goal seasons. The other, Kuji Shuhei is currently playing for Eisbären Berlin of the DEL in Germany.

The Dragon outshot High1 13-8 in the second.

3rd period

High1 opened the scoring again. This time rookie Tyler Brickler potted his 5th at 44:09 from the two Dong-Hwans, Kim and Song who played spotters to High1 snipers all night. Song had 3 helpers and Kim added 4 on the night. KimJi-Min collected his 2nd of the season less than two minutes later to give High1 a 7-1 lead.

Shortly thereafter High1 incurred two quick penalities to give the Dragon a 5 on 3 chance which Kondo Katsumasa took advantage of by scoring his 6th of the year.

The Dragon outshot High1 35-27 and in every game but one this season.

High1 went 2 for 4 on the powerplay in the game, 4 for 12 in 3 games, and 8 for 22 in the series.

The Dragon were 1 for 7 in the game, 4 for 18 at home and  8 for 36 in the  season series.

Mike Swift was a scoring machine with 7 goals and 3 assists in the 3 Beijing games and 10 goals and 7 assists in all 6 games between the teams this season. He currently has an eight-game scoring streak against China (13 goals 12 assists 25 points) dating back to last season.

Dragon defensmen  Matti Naatanen had 3 goals and 4 aassists while Evan Stoflet had 6 assists against High1 in the season series. Injured center Brett Parnham had 2 goals and 3 assists in the three away games for China.

 

 

 

Date Time Day Location Home 1P 2P 3P Final
12/8 16:30 Tue Beijing,

China

Dragon

High1

0

1

 1

4

 1

2

2

7

12/6 15:00 Sun Beijing,

China

Dragon

High1

0

1

1

3

 2

1

 3

5

12/5 15:00 Sat Beijing,

China

Dragon

High1

 1

1

0

3

2

0

 3

4

9/6 15:00 Sun Goyang,

South Korea

High1

Dragon

1

0

 2

3

1

0

 4

3

9/5 15:00 Sat Goyang,

South Korea

High1

Dragon

3

0

4

1

 3

1

10

2

9/3 19:00 Thur Goyang,

South Korea

High1

Dragon

1

0

2

1

1

0

 4

1

 

High1 visits the China Dragon lair for the last time this season, Look to sweep season series.

The Dragon will have to get on the board quickly in the first period if they expect to avoid a sweep.

Mike Swift has 8 goals and 6 assists in 5 games against the Dragon in the series.

Matti Näätänen has 3 goals and 5 assists for 8 points in 5 games versus the Dragon.

Expect Hashimoto to get the start for the Dragonand Park Sung-Je for High1.

Date Time Day Location Home 1P 2P 3P OT SO Final
12/8 16:30 Tue Beijing,

China

Dragon

High1

12/6 15:00 Sun Beijing,

China

Dragon

High1

0

1

1

3

 2

1

 –  –  3

5

12/5 15:00 Sat Beijing,

China

Dragon

High1

 1

1

0

3

2

0

 –  3

4

9/6 15:00 Sun Goyang,

South Korea

High1

Dragon

1

0

 2

3

1

0

 –  4

3

9/5 15:00 Sat Goyang,

South Korea

High1

Dragon

3

0

4

1

 3

1

 – 10

2

9/3 19:00 Thur Goyang,

South Korea

High1

Dragon

1

0

2

1

1

0

 –  –  4

1

 

Head to Head

GF GA PP PK PIM PIM/GM Shots Shots/GM 1st goal shots/ avg. 1P

goals/ avg.

shots/ avg. 2P

goals/avg.

shots/ avg. 3P

goals/avg.

Dragon 12 12 7/29

24.1

 12/18

66.7

85 17 169 33.8 1 48/9.6

1/0.2

57/11.4

8/1.6

64/12.8

6/1.2

High1 27 27 6/18

33.3

22/29

75.9

157 31.4 173 34.6 4 55/11

7/1.4

63/12.6

14/2.8

55/11

6/1.2