Eagles and High1 share the spoils, Halla upset by Daemyung
Oji Eagles v High1
High1 made the trip to Tomakomai for their first Japanese series of the year. Both teams went into the weekend optimistic of picking up some points. The big news of the weekend was the return from injury of 2015-16 MVP Mike Testwuide, making his league debut for High1. Troy Milam was still watching from the stands due to an injury picked up the previous weekend against Halla.
The first game saw High1 start brightly, taking the lead through Mike Swift after 4:27. Oji responded late into the first period with a goal from Shuhei Kuji to leave the game at a tie going into the first intermission. Period 2 saw High1 jump straight into the action with Tae An Kwon hitting the back of the net in the 23rd minute and Hyeok Kim scoring a PP goal in the 27th minute, following a 5min penalty and Game-misconduct by Ryo Hashiba. This was the end of the scoring for High1, as the Eagles picked up a shorthanded goal in the 32nd minute through Yushi Nakayashiki and a PP goal from Ryo Hashimoto, from a Byung Jun Bae crosschecking penalty.
The third period was completely dominated as Oji outshot High1 by 11 shots to 3. The Eagles picking up goals through Seiji Takahashi and Barry Tallackson to finish the game as 5-3 victors. Highlights
The second game saw High1 switch out goaltender Jason Bacashihua for the backup Korean national team goalie, Sung Je Park. At the time of writing it is unsure whether this was a tactical switch or due to an injury as Bacashihua was nowhere to be seen on the team sheet. High1 went out with intent to reverse the result from the previous, in what turned out to be quite a fiery affair with 17 different penalties called.
Oji opened the scoring in the 9th minute through Yushi Nakayashika with High1 responding through Hyeok Kim on the power play with 19 seconds left on the clock to the end of the period, Kohei Mitamura riding the pine in the penalty box for a cross-checking penalty.
The second period saw Mike Swift give High1 the lead for the first time at the start of the second before Ryo Hashimoto leveled the game up 2 minutes later on a power play, Ji Man Yoon penalized for slashing. Mike Testwuide then popped up with 65 seconds left in the period to score his first High1 goal and restore the lead for his team.
Stefane Veilleux tied the game up for the 3rd time in the 43rd minute on another PP goal. Mike Swift in the box this time for slashing who, upon exiting the box, promptly reentered it 5 seconds later for roughing. Mike Testwuide scored his second of the game with 4 minutes remaining in a 4 on 2 power play. Kazumasa Sasaki, Yushi Nakayashiki and Masato Domeki in the box for the Eagles on various minors and Hyung Joon Kim for High1. Mike Swift rounded up the goal scoring with High1’s fifth goal in the 59th minute to give High1 all 3 points. Highlights
Hockey in Asia Pre-Game Prediction: Tie
Result: Tie, HIA gets one right at least
Anyang Halla v Daemyung Killer Whales
Halla were home for the first time this season with their new boards, ice, and lighting, proudly on display. Unfortunately, the quality of the hockey on display didn’t match the quality of the new rink.
Both teams started with almost unchanged lineups from the previous weekend. The only notable absentees being Adam Estoclet and Masahito Suzuki who are on the long-term injury list. The first period ended scoreless with nothing of note other than Halla’s Alex Plante picking up an interference penalty.
The second period saw Woo Sang Park score Halla’s first of the night and took Woo Sang’s personal tally in the Asia League up to 100 goals. The Killer Whales then responded with two goals late in the period through Matt Murley and Yuta Suzuki to take a 2-1 lead into the second intermission.
With 47 seconds gone in the third period, Sang Woo Shin leveled the game up for Halla. Yuta Suzuki scored again midway through the period with a short-handed goal, Daemyung losing a man through having too many men on the ice. Won Jun Kim was able to level the game for a third time less than a minute later. The game would eventually go to overtime with Sang Wook Kim shooting the GWG after 1:29. Despite outshooting Daemyung 39-15 on the day, Halla we’re made to work for everything. Highlights
The Sunday game saw a much improved looking Halla team but it was still to be more of the same. The first period ending 1-0 in favor of Daemyung through a Matt Murley goal, despite Halla’s possession and shooting dominance.
Daemyung took a two-goal lead at the start of the second period through Brett Parnham. It took Halla 32 minutes and a power play to get off the mark, doing so through Min Ho Cho, Daemyung again picking up a penalty for having too many men on the ice. Scott Barney struck another goal for Halla in the 37th minute to tie up the game going into intermission.
A goalless third period and OT set up a shootout with Daemyung winning by 3-2, Ryan Caldwell getting the GWG. Daemyung picking up their first win over Halla in the franchise’s history. Highlights
Hockey in Asia Pre-Game Prediction: Halla
Result: Tie. We had predicted Halla to grind out 2 wins here but 2 dogged performances from Daemyung saw them pick up a share of the spoils.