Month: March 2017

Asia League 2016-17 Playoffs: Round 2 Preview

Anyang Halla  vs Tohoku Free Blades 

You again!

 

Anyang Halla will host the Tohoku Free Blades for the third time in the playoffs. Previously, the Blades swept Halla in the finals in Anyang in the 2015 finals. Halla then countered by sweeping the Blades in the semifinals last season on the way to their fourth Asia League title.

Regular season statistical review:

Home Score Away
Halla 2-1 Free Blades
Halla 3-1 Free Blades
Halla 5-6 SO Free Blades
Free Blades 1-5 Halla
Free Blades 2-5 Halla
Free Blades 0-1 Halla

Halla Blades H2H PDF

GP G A P +/- PIM PG PA PPP SHG SHA SHP GW S S%
KIM,Ki Sung Home 3 1 1 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 11.1
Away 3 1 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 12.5
Total 6 2 1 3 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 11.8
KWAK,Hyung Ki Home 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Away 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 4 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
KIM,Won Jun Home 3 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Away 3 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 6 0 1 1 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
KIM,Won Jung Home 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Away 2 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 4 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
SUNG,Woo Je Home 3 1 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100
Away 3 0 4 4 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 6 1 4 5 6 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 33.3
KIM,Yoon Hwan Home 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Away 3 0 0 0 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 6 0 0 0 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
PILAR, Karel Home 3 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 33.3
Away
KIM,Sang Wook Home 3 0 2 2 1 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 8 0
Away 3 1 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 20
Total 6 1 4 5 3 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 13 7.7
RADJA,Mike Home
Away 3 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 14.3
KIM,Hyun Soo Home 3 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Away
RADUNSKE,Brock Home 3 1 2 3 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 8 12.5
Away
AHN,Jin Hui Home 3 0 1 1 1 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 0
Away 3 2 0 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 25
Total 6 2 1 3 4 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 14 14.3
REGAN,Eric Home 3 1 1 2 1 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 11 9.1
Away 3 1 2 3 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 11 9.1
Total 6 2 3 5 3 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 22 9.1
PARK,Woo Sang Home
Away 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PLANTE,Alex Home 3 1 1 2 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 8 12.5
Away 3 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 6 1 2 3 4 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 11 9.1
SHIN,Sang Hoon Home 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 0
Away
LEE,Don Ku(A) Home 3 1 0 1 3 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 25
Away 3 0 2 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 0
Total 6 1 2 3 6 8 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 8 12.5
MUN,Kuk Hwan Home 3 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Away 3 3 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 60
Total 6 3 2 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 50
CHO,Min Ho Home 3 0 3 3 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0
Away 3 0 3 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 6 0 6 6 3 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 5 0
TESTWUIDE,Mike Home 3 2 2 4 4 10 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 50
Away 3 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 7 0
Total 6 3 2 5 5 12 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 11 27.3
AHN,Jung Hyun Home 3 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 16.7
Away 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 4 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 16.7
SHIN,Sang Woo Home 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Away 3 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 11.1
Total 5 1 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 11 9.1
TEAM Home 10 19 29 35 44 3 6 9 0 0 0 2 92 10.9
Away 11 18 29 39 24 1 2 3 1 1 1 3 83 12
Total 21 37 58 74 68 4 8 12 1 1 1 5 175 21.1
BLADES GP G A P +/- PIM PG PA PPP SHG SHA SHP GW S S%
JARRETT,Cole Home 3 0 1 1 -6 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Away 3 0 3 3 -2 12 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 8 0
Total 6 0 4 4 -8 24 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 14 0
KIKUCHI,Shuji Home 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Away 3 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 6 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
MOTONO,Michitaka Home 3 0 0 0 -2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Away 3 0 0 0 -2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 6 0 0 0 -4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
TANAKA,Go Home 3 0 1 1 -5 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 7 0
Away 3 2 3 5 1 2 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 12 16.7
Total 6 2 4 6 -4 2 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 19 10.5
IWATSUKI,Shogo Home 3 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Away 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100
Total 4 1 0 1 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 50
HAYATA,Seiya Home 3 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Away 3 0 1 1 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 6 0 1 1 -4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
YAMAMOTO,Kazuki Home 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Away 3 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 6 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
TANAKA,Ryo Home 3 0 1 1 -4 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 0
Away 3 0 0 0 -3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total 6 0 1 1 -7 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 11 0
SATOH,Hikaru Home 3 0 0 0 -3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Away 3 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 6 0 0 0 -4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
YAMASHITA,Takuro Home 3 0 0 0 -4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Away 3 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 6 0 0 0 -7 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
YAMADA,Junya Home 3 0 1 1 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Away 3 1 2 3 -1 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 12 8.3
Total 6 1 3 4 -2 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 17 5.9
KAWAI,Takuma Home 3 0 0 0 -4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Away 3 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 33.3
Total 6 1 1 2 -3 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 11 9.1
LI, Hang Home 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Away
POPE,Matt Home 3 1 0 1 -3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 10
Away 3 1 3 4 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 12 8.3
Total 6 2 3 5 -3 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 22 9.1
SHINOHARA,Kota Home 3 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Away 3 0 0 0 -2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 6 0 1 1 -1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
KUMAGAI,Goshi Home 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Away 3 0 1 1 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 6 0 1 1 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
SHINOHARA,Yuhei Home 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Away
STEPHENSON,Logan Home 3 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Away 3 1 0 1 -2 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 7.1
Total 6 1 0 1 -3 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 3.7
KIKUCHI,Kyohei Home 2 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Away 3 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 5 0 0 0 -2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
HIRANO,Yushiro Home 3 2 0 2 4 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 16 12.5
Away
 TEAM Home 3 5 7 -34 28 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 97 3.1
Away 7 14 21 -16 42 3 6 9 0 0 0 0 99 7.1
Total 10 19 23 -50 70 4 8 12 0 0 0 0 196 5.1
TOTAL PPG PP PP% PK PKC PK%
Halla 4 20 20 23 27 85.2
Blades 4 27 14.8 16 20 80
HOME
Halla 3 11 27.3 13 16 81.3
Blades 1 11 9.1 8 9 88.9
AWAY
Halla 1 9 11.1 10 11 90.9
Blades 3 16 18.8 8 11 72.3

Icebucks and Free Blades advance to 2nd Round of Asia League Playoffs

Nikko Icebucks upset 3rd Place Oji Eagles to Advance to Semifinals

Icebucks win series 2-0
Nikko Icebucks 4-3 OT
Nikko Icebucks 6-5

 

 

The Eagles had won 5 of 6 regular season games with 4 of 6 one goal games, but the underdog Bucks got scoring from every line and went 4 for 10 on the power play. Makuru Furuhashi, who finished second in league rookie scoring, led all scorers with 4 points including the OT winner in game one.

The Eagles clawed back in both games and took the Bucks to the brink; which is their Achilles’ heel when they get into run and gun games. Luckily for the men in orange, they were tops in the league with 7 extra-time victories and will go against PSC Sakhalin in the second round best of five series.

 

Tohoku Free Blades cut Nippon Paper Cranes post season short

Blades win series 2-0
Tohoku Free Blades 4-2 Nippon Paper Cranes
Tohoku Free Blades 6-5 OT Nippon Paper Cranes

The two teams split the regular season 3-3, and the series was also razor thin.  Yet, the Blades came out on top and will face Anyang Halla.

Cole Jarrett, the league-leading scoring defenseman during the regular season and rookie Hirano Yushiro each recorded five points for the Blades.

Jeff LoVecchio led the Cranes with 4 points followed by Ben Walter with 3.

 

 

UPDATE 3/9 Asia League playoff match-ups

Anyang Halla and Sakhalin earn byes of the first round

Playoffs start 3/18 and conclude 4/16

Play-off First Round (Best of 3) 3/18-3/21

  Home Away Time Venue
18 Eagles Icebucks 16:00
18 Free Blades Cranes 17:00 エスプロモ株式会社 テクノルアイスパーク八戸 Technol Ice Park Hachinohe
19 Eagles Icebucks 14:00
19 Free Blades Cranes 15:30 エスプロモ株式会社 テクノルアイスパーク八戸 Technol Ice Park Hachinohe
21 Eagles Icebucks 18:30
21 Free Blades Cranes 19:00 エスプロモ株式会社 テクノルアイスパーク八戸 Technol Ice Park Hachinohe

Asia League playoff spots up for grabs in final 10 days of regular season

Anyang Halla hockey

 

 

 

Halla goes for record 5th season title

Anyang Halla can set a few team and personal records tonight when they host the Daeymung killer Whales at 7 pm in Anyang, South Korea.

(Watch Live on Anyang Halla YouTube page)

With a win Halla will become the first team with 5 regular season titles as well as set a team record with 34 wins (Sakhalin recorded 34 wins in 2015/16). Park Woo-Sang is still in the hunt for his 100th career goal. Ahn Jin-Hui is a point away from 100 and Mike Radja needs 3 assists for 100.

The first year Daemyung Killer Whales, after sweeping High1 to close out their home schedule, dropped all 6 games in Japan and are likely to finish 8th in the standings. Adam Estoclet and Brett Parnham are 6th and 7th in league scoring.

 

Nikko Icebucks

 

Icebucks look for 2nd consecutive playoff spot

The Nikko Icebucks can lock up the 6th and final playoff spot with a win against te China Dragon tonight in Beijing at 6:30 CST/7:30 JST.

The Dragon have not made the playoffs in their 8 season existence.