Aces Thwart Warriors' Attempt to Double Down in Home and Home Se
January 16th, Hong Kong - The Manulife Macau Aces bounced back with a huge 10-4 win at the expense of the AsiaXPAT Kowloon Warriors Thursday night at Mega Ice. It was a big night for Macau role players Jon Allen and Scott Nicoll, while first round pick Spencer Cameron led by example with a goal and four assists.
The Kowloon Warriors were hoping to extend their lead at the top of the CIHL standings on Thursday night and looked as though they might do just that after firing out of the gate on all cylinders. The Warriors were up 2-0 less than three minutes in after goals from Jake McDonnell and Gregory Smyth in an eventful first period. Shenzhen based prominent league utility player Eric Eustace replied with two goals of his own for the Aces at 6:34 and 5:05 respectively to tie the game at two. Gregory Smyth got his second of the game on a play that started from a goal-line clearance from stand in net-minder Horrance Cheung. Andover, Massachusetts native David Belluche collected the puck in the crease and wired the puck up ice to a stealthy Smyth who had slipped beyond the Aces’ defence and finished the play off with one of his trademark dekes around Liam Moorfield-Yee.
Macau rolled the dice in the second period with a number of offensive forays that would end up paying big dividends on the scoresheet. Cameron tied the game at three at 11:06, firing a high shot above the blocker of Cheung while Aces’ Captain Tom Allen got the go-ahead goal at 5:50 on a low shorthanded marker after being put in on goal by franchise player Whitney Olsen. Scott Nicoll put some distance between them and the Warriors at 5:17 after centreman Jon Allen won the draw back cleanly to the defenceman whose long, orange flowing hair has given him the look of a Norse God in recent weeks. Mike Yoshino opened his goal scoring account for the Warriors with 20 seconds remaining in the period to bring the score to 5-4 in Macau’s favour heading into the intermission.