Warriors Continue Winning Ways; Defeat Tycoons
March 12, Hong Kong - The Kowloon XPAT Warriors won their fifth straight game Thursday with a 5-2 victory over the HKBN Hong Kong Tycoons. Warriors veteran power forward Devin Welsh earned the first star accolades for his efforts, contributing 1 goal and 2 assists. Ashley Bock was steady once again, making 34 saves on 36 shots.
Much like last week, the Tycoons came out of the gate hot in the first period. Wily forward Lucas Eshleman received a neutral zone pass from Patrick Hayes at 12:37 and weaved his way into the offensive zone. He decided to keep on the three on two, firing a quick snap shot from the left dot that beat Bock over the glove hand. The lead lasted just over a minute however, as the Warriors stormed back scoring a shorthanded goal scored by Welsh. The Manitoba native drove the net and made no mistake after receiving a pass from an on form Gregory Smyth. Defenceman David Belluche would go on to give the Warriors a 2-1 lead 7:30 into the first when he ripped home a snap shot through Tycoons goalie Emerson Keung.
The second period saw the teams trade a pair of goals. At 14:32 First overall pick of the LPP expansion draft, Elliott Steele, sniped top corner on a nice passing play, tying the game up at two apiece. Tycoons’ top defenceman Nate Allen fed the puck down low to Jimi Fanstone, who bumped it to Steele in the slot. Three minutes later, Jake McDonnell tucked in a goal, cutting to the net off a cycle play with Smyth and Connor Quinn, putting Kowloon back in front.
The Tycoons were motivated going for the third period, knowing a comeback win would vault them into third place. The morale was flattened almost right away however, with Smyth connecting with Welsh once again at 14:45. McDonnell put the game beyond all reasonable doubt at 10:19 after a nifty backhand pass from U18 Moses Chang bringing the game to its ultimate 5-2 conclusion. The Tycoons playoff hopes aren’t done yet, they still have two games left to gain points and attempt to steal that third and final playoff seed.