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.







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