Aces Outlast Tycoons on Historic Night
February 20, The Manulife Macau Aces survived a late scare to defeat the HKBN Hong Kong Tycoons by a score of 6-3 Thursday night in Kowloon Bay. Aces giant Charlie Huber was a force in this one, moving back to his regular position of forward and potting an astonishing 4 goal performance. The German played with a chip on his shoulder and led the Aces to victory.
In a game with critical playoff seeding implications, a gritty performance vaulted the Aces to second place in the CIHL league standings, while the loss sees this hard working Tycoons team 5 points out of a playoff spot, as the season dwindles with just 5 regular season games remaining.
The first period featured a symbolic passing of the torch by way of a backdoor feed, as Aces Assistant Captain Whitney Olsen became the franchise all-time leading scorer, passing Aces playoff legend Jeff Ceccacci. After the first period the Aces led 3-1 from 2 golas by Huber and a single from Yam Yau on a sharp shot to the glove side. The Tycoons goal came from Elliott Steele on a backdoor feed from the crafty Lucas Eshleman.
The second period saw the Aces extend their lead to 4-1 as Huber got his third, one timing a puck from the slot, with assists going to Whitney Olsen and Francis Lam. Both goalies were great in the frame, battling through screens and controlling their rebounds.
The grinding nature of this game continued in the third, with body checks flying all over the place. Charlie Huber raced down the right wing and ripped a slapshot, beating Tycoons goalie Emerson Keung low blocker. Patrick Hayes scored a shorthanded marker later in the frame, pouncing on a loose puck on a rush created by Lucas Eshleman. Eshleman followed that up with another individual effort following that goal, going top shelf to make things interesting, making the score 5-3 Aces. The Aces were able to tighten things up defensively and kill a crucial power play in the final minutes, adding an empty net tally to make the final 6-3.
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