Tycoons Get Two Crucial Points in Win over Aces
March 5, Hong Kong - The HKBN Hong Kong Tycoons were the better team from start to finish against the Manulife Macau Aces on Thursday night, earning a colossal two points in the standings with a 6-3 victory. Goaltender Emerson Keung was sharp in the affair, stopping 32 shots and earning the first star of the evening. Tycoons' Elliott Steele capitalized on his chances with two goals while usual suspect Lucas Eshleman also deposited a pair for his team.
The Aces started the game off the mark by taking a penalty on the first shift. From there they appeared to be chasing the game all night, unable to get much going offensively. Tycoons’ captain and heart and soul player, Jonathan Szychta opened the scoring at 12:18 on a quick, cross crease pass from Matthew Nuttall. Steele converted at 9:27 on a solo effort, making the score 2-0 in favour of the early on. The bleeding wouldn’t stop for Macau with veteran Jimi Fanstone registering his 73rd career goal for the Tycoons. The Hong Kong talisman was sprung on a breakaway by a pass from Patrick Hayes and made no mistake on goaltender Horrance Cheung. The Aces got one back late in the period on the power play when Francis Lam beat Keung, potting one in over the goaltender’s blocker.
The second frame saw both teams trade opportunities however the Tycoons continued to stymy the Aces’ offence. The only goal of the period came in the last minute of play when Steele pick-pocketed an Aces’ defenceman and skated the length of the ice before going high glove on Cheung. It was a back breaker for the Aces who found themselves in a familiar trailing position heading into the third.
Eshleman would make it 5-1 at 10:07 for Hong Kong before a pair of late goals from Jon Allen and Lam gave Macau a glimmer of hope. An empty net marker from Eshleman clinched the victory for Hong Kong, their second on the bounce.
The Aces continue to struggle and will be searching for answers late in the season if they hope to cling to their current play-off spot.