Warriors Fend Off Shark Attack to Win 2020 CIHL Championship
October 15th, 2020
The Kowloon Warriors claimed the CIHL Championship in dramatic fashion to officially close out the 2019-2020 season. The postponed affair saw the South China Sharks claw their way out of an early 4-0 hole to tie the game late in the third period, before Warriors assistant captain and mainstay Devin Welsh scored the eventual game winning goal in signature hard-nosed fashion.
The defending champion South China Sharks, poised to make history as the first back-to-back league champions, were again led by Captains Jordan So and Ben MacAskill, while U18 Elvis Hsu’s coming out party featured two highlight reel goals in a losing effort.
Following the inaugural game of the new Junior Tigers U16 League at Mega Ice in Kowloon Bay last Thursday, the CIHL took center stage as the Warriors and Sharks squared off in a long-awaited battle for league supremacy. League leading scorer Connor Quinn put the Warriors ahead early, after holding the offensive blueline and firing an off-balance shot through traffic. Before reaching the net, the puck was redirected off a skate, which eventually eluded Sharks netminder King Ho.
Only 22 seconds later in the first period, and still under two minutes into the game, U18 standout Moses Chang extended the Warriors lead to 2-0. Later in the period, Jake McDonnell catapulted the Warriors to a seemingly insurmountable 3-0 lead behind a customary individual effort - unassisted per usual.
Defenseman of-the-year award frontrunner David Belluche opened the second period scoring, after leading an odd-man rush and electing to release a short-side high snap shot. The 4-0 Warriors lead with under half of regulation time remaining would soon be erased, as a string of three consecutive Sharks goals breathed new life into a suddenly dangerous South China team.
To kick off the scoring flurry, Jasper Tang got the Sharks on the board, with help from defenseman Ryan Lee and U18 forward Michael Shum. Four minutes later, another Sharks budding U18 forward, Elvis Hsu, dazzled the