Sharks squander third period lead and fall to the Aces
November 12th, 2020
ovember 12th, 2020
For the second week in a row, the Manulife Macau Aces mounted a comeback in the third period to defeat the Scotiabank South China Sharks by the score of 5-3. With the win the Aces are a perfect 3-0 on the season and sit at top of the CIHL standings. The Sharks on the other hand are the exact opposite at 0-3 and occupy the cellar.
Last week the Aces were down 3-1 to the 2019-2020 champions AsiaXPAT Kowloon Warriors when they scored 4 unanswered goals in the third period to win 5-3. This week was eerie similar to last week, down 3-2 entering the third, the Aces fought back and found the back of the net three times, twice in the last 2:29 to steal what looked like a hard earned Sharks victory by the count of 5-3.
Defenseman Tyler Doherty continues to lead the way for the Aces picking up three points on the night with two goals and one assist. His second marker of the night with 2:29 left in the game was the GWG. Matching him almost stride for stride was Intern Jesse Lussier with 1 goal and 2 assists on the night. Together Tyler and Jesse have a combined 17 points after three game.
The Sharks are still looking for the first win of the season and it not come any easier this week when they face the deadly high power scoring offense of the Warriors. First round pick (3rd overall) in the 2020-2021 CIHL draft Ryan Chu showed why he was picked high with two first period goal - a positive sign for the Sharks who have struggled to put up goals this season.
It’s the third straight game for the Sharks where they have managed just three goals per game but more alarming is that is that it’s the second game in a row where they were leading entering the third period only to end up with losses in both games. You know things are tough when the top two scoring leaders of the team are both defensemen.
Liam Moorfield-Yee picked up his second win of the season and leads the league with a 3.00 GAA. Sharks King Ho who was by far the busier of the two on the night stopping 29 of 34 gets the loss but also third star honours as the score could have been much worse if not for his play.
The three stars of the game:
1. Aces - Tyler Doherty, 2 goals +1 assist
2. Aces - Jesse Lussier, 1 goal + 2 assist
3. Sharks - King Ho, 20 saves