Hockley’s Pair Fuels Aces Win

(ISN) – The Galaxy Macau Aces moved into sole possession of third place with a 3-2 win over the AsiaXPAT Kowloon Warriors. Benjamin Hockley led the way with a pair of goals and Aces goalie Emerson Keung was sharp stopping 20 shots. Warriors goalie Loron Orris was outstanding in the loss as he stopped 38 of 41 shots.

(Aces #24 Jeff Griffin battles Warriors #28 Jasper Tang)

It was a scoreless first period as both goalies were perfect, Orris was the busier of the two and thwarted a number of quality chances. The Aces thought they had opened the scoring but Jeff Ceccacci knocked Michael Yoshino on top of Orris, then puck into the net. The goal was quickly waived off by the referee.The Warriors struck first scoring at the 4:05 mark of the second period with Jake McDonnell’s first of the season. The Aces came back with a pair of goals in a span of 26 seconds with Hockley’s first of the night followed by a tally from Darren Winia as they both beat Orris.
Warriors #2 Grant McLellan checks Aces #19 Benjamin Hockley

(Warriors #2 Grant McLellan checks Aces #19 Benjamin Hockley)

Just 57 seconds into the third period, Hockley’s second of the night from the slot gave the Aces some insurance with a 3-1 lead. It remained that way until with 1:43 left when Greg Smyth scored his fifth of the season to put the Warriors within one. In the final minute with Orris on the bench for the extra attacker, the Warriors had some close chances but Keung and the Aces managed to hang on for the win.


Dynamic Duo Strikes Again


Brad Smith and Kory Falite were on fire once again as they combined for 13 points to lead the Quam Hong Kong Tycoons to an 8-6 win over the South China Sharks. It was a wild opening period as seven goals were scored between the two teams. The goals came in bunches starting with the Tycoons Jonathan Szychta’s netting his first career CIHL goal at 5:21 mark , set up by Smith and Falite. Just 30 seconds later, the Tycoons increased the lead to 2-0 when Smith beat Sharks goalie Dean Tzembelicos with a backhand deke on a breakaway.It was a night of firsts as Ben Dolgin also scored his first career CIHL goal at 7:13 after a rush up the ice from Reto Broennimann. Broennimann was rewarded just 26 seconds later as he beat Tycoons goalie Cody Drumm to tie the game up at 2, Dolgin returned the favour with the assist. The see-saw battle continued as Smith scored his second of the night just 14 seconds later and Falite helped regained their two goal lead at 9:06. But before the first period was over, Jordan So got one back for the Sharks who still trailed 4-3.

Tycoons #27 Brad Smith scores on Sharks #33 Dean Tzembelicos

 (Tycoons #27 Brad Smith scores on Sharks #33 Dean Tzembelicos)

Keeping with the theme of firsts, Dennis Lo scored his first career CIHL goal to put the Tycoons back up by two. Lo’s goal came on a great faceoff win by Don Ho. Ho fed Lo who was wide open on the side of Tzembelicos just 17 seconds in to put the Tycoons back up by two. The two goal lead was short lived as the Sharks stormed back with quick goals from Julien Jorand and So’s second of the night. So almost gave the Sharks the lead shortly afterwards but Drumm stood his ground and made a nice pad save. The Tycoons who lead the league with shorthanded goals, scored another as Falite was, once again, set up by Smith.
Tycoons # 22 Taylor Dixon checks Sharks #7 Ben Dolgin

(Tycoons # 22 Taylor Dixon checks Sharks #7 Ben Dolgin)

In the third period, the Tycoons put the game out of reach with Smith and Falite teaming up. Both players scored one more goal a piece to complete their hat tricks as the Tycoons led by three. So added a shorthanded goal late in the game but that would be it, as the Tycoons went on to win their third straight and moved into sole possession of first place.