Tag: Oji Eagles

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.

 

 

Asia League games tonight 12/29

Tonight Mike Radja will make his debut for Anyang Halla, and the team will retire Jung Byung-Chun‘s number 10 vs High1 on a night of  possible  major milestones for High1 and Halla players alike.

High1 sits in seventh place, 8 points out of a playoff spot with 18 games remaining but a huge shootout win in Sakhalin on Monday could be the catalyst needed to get them moving in the right direction.

Halla is 8-2 in it’s last 10 at home and is on 3 game winning streak.

The Halla game can be seen live at Anyang Halla youtube. The game is at 7pm Korea Standard Time (5 AM Eastern for people in Toronto and New York)

Mike Radja, Anyang Halla
Jung Byung- Chun 정병천
200 Goals 199 Mike Swift High1
150 Points 148 Eric Regan Halla
150 Assists 148 Bryan Young High1
100 Assists 98 Lee Don-Ku Halla
100 Goals 99 Park Woo-Sang Halla
100 Points 99 Shin Sang-hoon Halla

 

 

 

The other game today sees the old rivals Oji Eagles and Nippon Paper Cranes in Kobe, Japan 18:30 JST.  This is the final game in the six game regular season series which has seen the Eagles at 5-0. The Eagles are the hottest team over the past 10 games with an 8-2 record but the Cranes are also flying at 7-3.

Tonight’s possible milestones for  Eagles and Cranes

300 Points 297 Shuhei Kuji Eagles
400 Games 399 Sho Sato Eagles

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.