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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.

Blades break Bucks’ Streak

Tohoku Free Blades move into Second Place

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The Tohoku Free Blades received a 38 save shutout performance from Hata Michikazu to end the Nikko Icebucks four game run. Hata’s second shutout of the year and eight of his career ended a two game losing streak and pushed them into second place, one point behind Anyang Halla.

The first period was scoreless as Ono Kohei stopped 10 shots and Hata 13.

Ryo Tanaka playing in his 250th game scored a 5 on 3 power play goal just over five minutes into the second assisted by Matt  Pope and Cole Jarrett to kick things off.

Rookie, Yushiro Hirano gave the Blades another goal, his 10th, mid-frame with help from Junya Yamada and Goshi Kumagai. The goal ties him with Makuru Furuhashi of the Bucks for rookie goal leader.

Early in the third Goshi scored his 4th at 41:56 and Matt Pope capped the night off with his 24th to reclaim the league goal scoring lead.

Notes: Both teams were missing key players tonight as Nikko’s David Bonk missed his third game in a row with a presumed injury. Tohoku defenseman Logan Stephenson sat out his first of three games as a result of suspension from the previous game. He’s eligible to return for the Blades on January 7th.

The two teams will participate in the  84th All-Japan Ice Hockey Championship from December 16-18 and return to league action December 24th.

 

 

Whales kill losing streak, Bucks and Blades battle, High1 win in OT

The Daemyung Killer Whales ended an 11 game losing streak with a 4-3 win against the Oji Eagles.

Nikko Icebucks beat Tohoku Free Blades 3-2 in OT, teams rack up 92 PIM

The Nikko Icebucks got two goals from Mark Derlago in what was a low shooting penalty filled game.

 

The Blades started the scoring with a power play goal from Ryo Tanaka (12) 1:07 into the game after Ryuichi Kawai was sent off for hooking. Yuhei Shinohara picked up his first point on the play in just his second game of the season after missing the first 29 due to injury. But within two minutes the Icebucks replied on Mark Derlago’s 17th with assists from rookie Makuru Furuhashi and Kazuma Iwamoto.

The second period fell into a bunch of sin bin sitting as the teams racked up 15 penalties and managed 13 shots and 1 goal. Rookie Yushiro Hirano took a pass from Matt Pope to score his 9th of the year. For Pope, the assist makes him the first player to reach 50 points on the season.

During the third period score chances were even fewer than the second, but Derlago popped his 18th past Itoh to send the game to OT where he assisted on Kevin Mitchell’s power play marker (7) for the win.

Notes: 4th consecutive win for Bucks. Rookie Makuru Furuhashi had two points which gives him 20 points which is second among rookies. Logan Stephenson received 34 PIM including a 20 minute game misconduct and could be suspended.

 

High1 3 China Dragon 2 in OT

Kim Hyeok GWG and assist

High1 concluded their 3 game road trip to China by driving 49 shots at Michio Hashimoto. Tyler Brickler’s 8th goal on a power play in the first started the ball rolling, but Bin Ishioka’s 17th tied it shortly after.

Mike Swift’s 14th and 199th of his career put High1 in front 15:07 into the 2nd and it remained that way until Katsuma Kondo tied it with the extra attacker with 2:19 on the clock in the third period.

Defensmen Kim Hyoek’s 5th won the game at 61:26.