Tycoons Empty Sharks' Pockets for Second Straight Week
January 16th, Hong Kong - The HKBN Hong Kong Tycoons sent a statement on Thursday night to the rest of the league that they will not be throwing in the towel anytime soon, with a dominant 11-4 performance over the Scotiabank South China Sharks. Lucas Eshelman's seven point performance along with Jason Wong's first career CIHL goal powered Hong Kong to within three points of a play-off spot.
The teams combined for seven goals in a busy first period on the scoresheet. Hong Kong National Team all-time leading goalscorer Jasper Tang potted the opener for South China just one minute and 24 seconds into the game. The veteran forward made no mistake on a two one after receiving a pass from Captain Jordan So. Tycoons’ Captain Jonathan Szychta responded for two of his own at 13:24 and 8:40 respectively, the latter being a shorthanded marker. So, now in his seventh season in the CIHL, tied the game at two on the same man advantage, before giving the Sharks a 3-2 lead at 3:51. Lucas Eshleman and Patrick Hayes capped off the period for Hong Kong with a pair of late-period goals, giving their team the lead heading into the second.
Things started to fall apart for South China midway through the second period. Eshleman added the Tycoons’ second shorthanded goal of the game at 6:24 after whiffing on a breakaway attempt. Unfortunately King Ho had already committed to the shot and watched the puck slide agonizingly across the goal line. Elliott Steele would extend the Tycoons’ lead to 6-3 at 2:48 and was the beneficiary under a minute later after a Sharks’ defenceman accidently bundled the puck into his own net. Steele was credited with the 7-3 marker having last touched the puck, giving the robust forward his third goal for the team since being selected first overall in the Supplementary Draft. Jim Fanstone looked to put the game beyond all reasonable doubt, scoring with 28 seconds left in the period on the power play.
The Sharks will want to forget about January while the Tycoons are back in the play-off picture.