Warriors Out Muscle, Out Last, Tycoons

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(Warriors forward Eric McKenna blasts a shot on King Ho of the Tycoons)

The AsiaXPAT Kowloon Warriors picked up their second win in a row against the Quam Hong Kong Tycoons by a score of 8-5. Eric McKenna, Jake McDonnell, Darren Winia, Michael Yoshino, Simon Ferguson, and Keith Tsang each had multi-point nights to lead their team to victory. Lucas Eshleman, Jim Fanstone, and Ron Fishman picked up multiple points for the Tycoons in the loss.

(Eshleman's snipe gets the Tycoons on the board early)
(Eshleman’s snipe gets the Tycoons on the board early)

The first period was a tight battle from the moment the puck was dropped. It would take just over 10 minutes for the Tycoons to strike first. Jim Fanstone won an offensive draw back to Ron Fishman who made a saucer pass off the boards to Lucas Eshleman. Eshleman caroled the puck, knifed his way to the slot, and fired a shot past Loron Orris’ blocker. The Warriors would answer 1:05 later when Jake McDonnell was able to put one past the Tycoons goaltender King Ho. Eric McKenna and Grant McLellan collected assists on McDonnell’s goal. The teams would head into the ice cut with the game tied up at 1-1.

(Warriors forward Jeffrey Tsaw storms the front of the net)
(Warriors forward Jeffrey Tsaw storms the front of the net)

The Tycoons came out hot and took the lead 1:47 into the second frame. Hard work from Jeff Hrabok and Benjamin Dolgin-Gardner created an opportunity for Jim Fanstone to score. He fired a backhand shot over the glove of the Warriors goaltender to give his team the lead. At 11:36, McDonnell scored to give himself and his team their second goal of the night. This time it was Darren Winia and Steven Lai picking up assists. Tycoons leading scorer, Eshleman, would also net his second goal of the game. It started when Fishman entered the Warriors zone wide and skated behind the net. Fishman saw Eshleman at the bottom of the circle on the near side and slid the puck cross crease. Eshleman fanned on the original attempt, but regained composure and beat Orris five-hole. The goal extended the Tycoons lead to 4-2.

(Loron Orris stops a point blank chance by Craig Roessel)
(Loron Orris stops a point blank chance by Craig Roessel)

The veteran filled Warriors team would not be discouraged. Assistant Captain, Eric McKenna, collected the puck off a Winia shot and hammered it home to cut the deficit to one at 4:32. Simon Ferguson was credited with the second assist. Just under two minutes before time expiring, Franc Lockyer would net a goal to tie the game at 4-4. Michael Yoshino made a nice pass to Keith Tsang who got a shot on net. Lockyer provided the screen and pounced on the loose puck that was sitting in the crease.

(Franc Lockyer puts back a rebound to tie the game at 4)
(Franc Lockyer puts back a rebound to tie the game at 4)

The third period was another tight battle with the first goal of the frame happening with 7:15 left to play. Yoshino found Ferguson on the doorstep who fired the puck past Ho to give the Warriors their first lead of the game. The goal came on the power play due to a Tycoons tripping penalty. The Warriors would get the next goal to extend their lead to 6-4. Yoshino slid the puck to Tsang who generated a rebound that popped out to McKenna who one-timed it into the back of the net. The Warriors found themselves with a three-goal lead at the 3:22 mark. McDonnell capped off the hat trick when Yoshino and Ferguson teamed up to get the puck to McDonnell. Eshleman picked up a hat trick on his end when he was able to score an unassisted goal with just over two minutes left, cutting the deficit to 7-5. The comeback would end there as McDonnell scored an empty netter for his fourth goal of the game. Welsh assisted on the play.

(McLellan of the Warriors battles Eshleman for the loose puck)
(McLellan of the Warriors battles Eshleman for the loose puck)

Orris made 20 saves on 25 shots to help the Warriors move to 2-1 on the season. Tycoons net minder King Ho made 25 saves on 32 shots in the loss. The streaking Warriors resume play November 3rd at 8:30pm when they look to hand the Manulife Macau Aces their first loss of the season. The Tycoons look to get back into the win column against the winless Scotiabank South China Sharks on November 3rd at 10:00pm.

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