Anyang Halla 2 Tohoku Free Blades 0
PSC Sakhalin 2 Nikko Icebucks 1 OT
In the only Asia League action of the past week, PSC Sakhalin took all three games against the Dragon in Qiqihar.
Game 1 saw Roman Alekseev and Daniil Metliuk each bag 2 goals and add 2 assists. Andrei Golyshev and Ruslan Bernikov also scored 2 a piece in the 11-3 routing. The Dragon needed to use both goalkeepers to get through the game.
Game 2 was a little more defensive but Sakhalin prevailed as Ruslan Bernikov, Alexey Tkachuk and Alexei Eremin had 3 points each. Denis Korovaev earned his 10th win of the year while Michio Hashimoto took his 24th loss.
Game 3 A run and gun game with eight special teams goals. Scott Barney figured in on every Dragon goal and led all players with a goal and four assists. Kevin Quick added a goal and three assists or China as well.
Sergejs Pecura scored a hat trick and added an assist and Kirill Voronin notched four helpers to led Sakhalin players.
Han Pengfie took the loss and Andrei Stelmakh the win.
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 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.