Tycoons off to thundering start

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October 15, 2013, Hong Kong (ISN) – The Quam Hong Kong Tycoons took a rare win against the AsiaXPAT Kowloon Warriors with a 7-3 victory, earning their second franchise win against the Kowloon side.

Jim Fanstone had a strong game leading the Tycoons with a goal and an assist.

 

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Tycoons Brennan Sonne rips a shot at the Warriors goal

The game did not start well for the Warriors as goaltender Jasen Awalt’s clearing pass just 15 seconds into the game, was intercepted by Tycoon Hampus Hubinette. Hubinette shot the puck in the vicinity of the unguarded net, which went off a Warriors’ defence man and into the goal. However, just 38 seconds later, Art Tam redirected a Jureg Fritschi pass into the top corner past Tycoons goalie Dean Tzembelicos to even the game up at 1-1. From there, it was all Tycoons as they completely dominated the game against a depleted Warriors line-up, which was without Devin Welsh and Mike Yoshino. The Tycoons peppered Awalt with 68 shots, a league record for the most shots in a game. Drew Barton made it 2-1 for the Tycoons and a few minutes later, Fanstone one-timed a perfect pass from Brennan Sonne to take a 3-1 lead.

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Warriors goalie Jasen Awalt slides over to stop Tycoons Drew Barton 

In the second period, the Tycoons put the game away with three goals in a span of just over two minutes including a shorthanded marker from Adam Maglio at 5:42. Before the period ended, Danny McLellan was able to put in a Greg Smyth rebound to make it a 6-2 game.

The Warriors had a glimmer of hope in the third period with a powerplay goal by Bryan Crane to close the gap to 6-3, but Tycoons captain Tip Fleming pounced on a centering pass a few minutes later to make it 7-3 after Awalt thought the play would be stopped due to an icing call. The play however, continued with Andrew Alari picking up the loose puck and passing it to Fleming for the final nail in the coffin. Although it is still early in the season, the Warriors’ 0-2 start is their worst in franchise history, while the Tycoons are off to their best start with three out of a possible four points. 

Drumm Beats Aces

The RBC South China Sharks defeated the Galaxy Macau Aces 4-2 in a goalie duel between Shark Cody Drumm and Ace Loron Orris. Drumm came out on top with 34 saves while Orris did his best to give the Aces a chance with 35 saves on a night where Sharks captain Jamie Stark and Reto Broenimmann were out for the game.

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Aces goalie Loron Orris stacks his pads to stop Hayes To off the Sharks 

A scoreless first period could have easily seen several goals, if not for the outstanding jobs by Drumm and Orris. Orris robbed sophomore sensation Justin Cheng with a double leg pad stack mid-way through the first, while Drumm went save for save against Orris. 

The Aces got on the board 2:42 into the second period when Christian Long finished off a pass from Tyler Doherty behind the Sharks’ net. Late in the period, the Aces had a glorious chance to go up by a pair as they had a two-man advantage for just under a minute. Then with only five seconds remaining in the period and on a delayed penalty, Shark Rick Chu was stopped by Orris on a partial breakaway. However, the puck was left sitting in the crease behind Orris, giving Chu a chance to tap it in for a 1-1 tie. It was a huge goal, which gave the Sharks the momentum heading in to the third period.

In the third, with the Sharks shorthanded, Jordan So came down the right wing and ripped a shot through Orris to give them a 2-1 lead. But on the same powerplay, Long was parked beside Drumm and scored his second of the night to put the Aces back on even terms. Without Stark and Broenimmann, the Sharks relied on their young guns, Cheng and Hayes To. Orris had no chance on a goal by To, which came from a beautiful centering pass from Keith Tsang and gave the Sharks a 3-2 lead. Shortly afterwards, Cheng gave the Sharks some insurance when he put in a feed from Anthony Devolz for a 4-2 lead. That was enough for Drumm and the Sharks to remain the only undefeated team with a 2-0 start. 

Disneyland Shootout

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The 4 Lucky Contestants in the Disneyland Shootout

Tycoons Dean Tzemblicos, Jacob Trost and Donny Ho along with Warrior Julian Ma were on hand with four lucky contestants for the Disneyland Shootout. Each contestant had 15 seconds to shoot 10 pucks into an empty net to see who would score the most goals with the winner receiving a CIHL replica jersey. All contestants received an Air Canada Game Puck as well as admission tickets to Hong Kong Disneyland.

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