Month: August 2016

Anyang Halla wins game 3, 4-0, and sweeps the series vs Daemyung Killer Whales

Game Recap

8/30 Anyang Halla vs Daemyung Killer Whales

The third game between Halla and the Killer Whales was much closer than the previous two games.

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The first period was scoreless until the last minute when Shin Sang-Hoon took a feed across from Cho Min-Ho for the one timer.

Tyler Weiman made 14 saves and Matt Dalton and 13.

Halla dominated the second by firing 18 shots on Weiman and controlling the play.
The Whale managed only three shots on net and one power play.
Again in the last minute Halla scored on the power play. This time Kim Sang-Wook from Eric Regan.

The third period saw Alex Plante finish off a 2 on 1 with Shin Sang-Hoon and to cap the scoring Sung Woo-Jae scored at 58:46.

Game over? Nope.

The series was a testy physical affair and it came out in full force after the scoring was done.

With less than a minute in the game, the first incident occurred  just after the whistle on an offside call.
Ahn Jung-Hyun took exception to a late hit from Lee Seung-Won.

Ahn threw a punch and Lee got his stick up in Ahn’s face and threw a punch. Then the gloves came off and before they could throw down, Yoon Sang-Won came in and cross checked Ahn in the back driving him into Lee and the Daemyung Whales dog piled Ahn.

In the scrum Lee and Ahn exchanged a few punches. All over? Nope.

After getting out from under, Ahn and Lee were separated by the linesmen,  Ahn kept chirping and Yoon came after him and the two exchanged blows including a few on the button from Yoon.  Ahn ended it by yanking Yoon’s jersey over his head and giving him the  “Right there, Fred!” treatment.

As the officials sifted through the rule book to figure out what to call, the benches and coaches could clearly be heard chirping at each other and gearing up for round 2.

When play resumed Daemyung tough guy Park Tae-Hwan went after Kim Hyun-Soo right from the faceoff.  Kim didn’t even take his gloves off as he was savaged by Park including  punches to the back of the head as the refs separated them.

After another rule book referral, the team’s managed to play out the clock, but not before  another cheap shot from Daemyung to the head sent Sung-Woo-Je into the boards resulting in a misconduct penalty as the clock ran out.

An exciting series that people and players are waiting to see the second half of. Mark it on your calendars. 3/2, 3/4 and 3/5 in Anyang

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.

 

 

 

 

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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

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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.