Month: January 2016

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.

 

 

 

Daemyung Sangmu marches into the Dragon’s lair seeking first win in China since 2013

Tonight the China Dragon take on Daemyung Sangmu for the final three games of their six game season series. The Dragon won 1 of 3 in Incheon back in September. 
Sangmu vs Dragon results 2015/16
Sangmu 4-1 @ Incheon
Sangmu 3-6 @ Incheon
Sangmu 9-2 @ Incheon

Sangmu has not won in China since a 7-1 victory in Harbin on 10/15/2013. 

Where they stand:

The Dragon are in last place (9th) and have been eliminated from playoff contention for the seventh consecutive season, but they can finish as high as seventh. However, this season has been more important for the development and growth of the younger Chinese-born players, some of whom are having their best seasons. At 23 years old, defenseman Yangxi Ming is in his fourth Asia League campaign and has 13 points in 39 games. That’s compared to his 10 in 103 games over the previous three seasons. Hu Tianyu, also 23, returned after three seasons with Tohoku Freeblades and has also shown growth and been on the top pairing on many nights. Even Asia League veteran Chen Lei is on pace for a career year. So despite the teams record, the players are being given more chances to place in different situations under new coach Jeff Hutchins.

 

Daemyung Sagmu is also on the outside looking in at the playoffs, but has a small chance to grab the sixth and final playoff spot. As with every year the military team can get derailed from injuries which has happened the past two seasons. This season they received reinforcements before Christmas and they showed what they could do with a full roster by sweeping High1 3-0 in Incheon and finish 4-4 at home in December

Notes:

The Dragon lost the last 3 at home to Halla and are 1-9 in last 10 at home. They have yet to win a regulation game at home.

Sangmu are 1-9 in the last 10 road games. The last road win was 10/8/2015 vs High1. But they finished December with a 4 and 6 record before losing 4-0 on 1/3/2016 in Anyang.

All-time the Dragon are 4-10 against Sangmu, but last year split the series 3-3.

The Dragon won all three at home last season versus Sangmu.

It’s unknown if Brett Parnham will play for the Dragon. He’s been out since November 15 with an injury.

 

Puck drops at 18:30 local time in Qiqihar, China. 7:30 KST/JST

 

RIVALRY IN THE R.O.K.

 

  Rivalry in the R.o.K.

   Today: The Hateful 68th game

 

On 9/24/2005, at 16:00, a standing room crowd of 2,015 spectators jammed into the Anyang Sports Complex Arena to witness the first of 67 games between Anyang Halla and Kangwon Land/High1. The rink was full of energy as we waited for the puck to drop.

At 16:11 the puck dropped and the war began!  It didn’t take long for the players to get their hate on. Halla’s weapon of choice was sticks and Kangwon Land went with elbows. Refs didn’t blow many whistles, like they blow now and more than four hours later at 20:30 Halla stood triumphant with a 5-3 victory.

Now in the eleventh year of the rivalry, only two players remain from the first clash. High1’s Song “The Korean Rocket” Dong-Hwan was wearing a Halla jersey on that day when he assisted on the first goal scored by Kim Kyung-Tae, and Son Ho-Sung was a rookie goalie for Kangwon Land witnessed it from the bench. He wasn’t sitting for long though as Park Joon-Won allowed 2 more goals on 7 shots in just over 15 minutes of play. Son got his first taste of Asia League action and allowed 2 goals on 18 shots and took the loss. He went on to be the starting goalie for Kangwon Land until becoming Halla’s starter in 2007-08 and has been with the team ever since.

Song is on track for 21 goals and 50 points in 47 games for the 2015-16 season at the ancient age of 35. He’s also the current all-time leading scorer in Asia League history with 453 points in 377. The other participant in this old battle, Son, (Son Ho-Seung, as his name was spelt in the the old language of 2005-06) is fourth in all-time games played with 216 at the old age of 33.

Neither player shows signs of slowing down.

As for the series, Halla has dominated, winning 6 of the 10 ten season series while losing 2 and splitting 2. High1 is 12-1-20 all-time in Anyang as a visitor as they have also played a few home games there too, like they will next weekend. Overall Halla is 42-2-23 against High1/Kangwon Land. 

The teams have only played 7 games in January with Halla holding 4-3 advantage. The last time was 1/10/2010 when High1 defeated Halla 6-4 in Chuncheon.