Asia League took a break this week as both the Japanese and Korean Men’s National teams were in action in Europe. Japan took part in the Hungarian Euro Ice Hockey Challenge while Korea was in the Austrian EIHC.
Japan 2:1 Italy – Nov 10
Poland 3:2 Japan – Nov 11
Hungary 3:4 Japan – Nov 12
The Korean Men’s national hockey team wrapped up the three game European Ice Hockey Challenge in Austria with a 0-3 record.
The Olympic hosts didn’t lack for firepower during the first two games; scoring four and three goals per game, but likely ran out of gas having to play the final game in less than 24 hours.
Denmark 7:4 Korea – Nov 9
In game one versus Denmark, the teams battled back and forth for the lead during the first two periods before the Danes pulled out a 7-4 win.
Kim Ki-Sung recorded three assists, while Mike Testwuide scored two and Brock Radunske had one goal and assist for Korea.
Park Sung-Je was marked for all seven goals on 34 shots against.
Austria 8-3 Korea – Nov 10
Game two started with a great passing play between Swift, Testwuide and Kim Ki-Sung to break out to a one goal lead 38 seconds into the game.
Then the Austrians scored six in a row lead by Manuel Ganahl, Daniel Woger, and Stefan Ulmer who combined for four goals and five assists in the last fifteen minutes of the first period. Ganahl completed the hat trick in the second period Thomas Hundertpfund and Brian Lebler scored before Korea finally replied with a powerplay goal from Cho Min-Ho to close out the second period.
Kim Sang-Wook had Korea’s best play of the game when scored a brilliant breakaway goal to open the third period, but that was it a the Austrians added one more goal. Hwang-Hyun-Ho who replaced Park Sung-Je was tagged for the loss.
Korea 1-5 Norway – Nov 11
In the final game Norway had five different goal scorers beat Park Sung-Je on forty-one shots before Brock Radunske broke Lars Haugen’s shutout bid at 50:17.