Kowloon Warriors Get Revenge Against Hong Kong Tycoons
November 26th, 2020
Thursday night’s CIHL action featured a rematch from the previous week, with a single-game slate between the Hong Kong Tycoons and the Kowloon Warriors. In the rematch, the Warriors edged out the Tycoons by a score of 5-4 in a gritty contest, avenging their 5-3 loss just a week ago.
Right off the opening puck drop, Devin Welsh of the Warriors opened the scoring 1:39 into the game with help from defenseman Connor Quinn. First overall draft pick, forward Nicholas Weberg, got the Tycoons on the board shortly after, assisted by Matthew Nuttall and Yannick Wong. The goal extended his league-leading point total to 14 on the season. It was a quiet remainder of the period as another goal or penalty would not be called for either side, as dueling goaltenders took control of the play.
Perennial forward-of-the-year candidate Lucas Eshleman was the next player to strike, putting the Tycoons up 2-1, with Elliot Steele and Matthew Nuttall both chipping in with helpers. Eshleman, a crafty shoot-first forward, was exploiting a second-line mismatch while fellow forward Weberg commanded top-line defensive attention from the Warriors.
Shortly after, Warriors captain Gregory Smyth buried a nifty breakaway goal to even up the score, while leaving Tycoons goaltender Emerson Keung sprawling. Defenseman Bradley Wilson and line mate Devin Welsh had assists on the Smyth tally. Veteran Michael Yoshino gave the Warriors their first lead of the night, just over half-way through the period. The score would remain 3-2 in favor of the Warriors heading into the final frame.
The Tycoons found themselves in penalty trouble to begin the third period, and the Warriors did not miss the opportunity to capitalize. Warriors forward Josh Gordon found the back of the net just before a Tycoons penalty expired at 2:26 into the period. Helping on the Gordon goal were teammates Smyth and Quinn. Bradley Wilson then extended Kowloon’s lead to 5-2, again on the powerplay, with what would end up being the eventual game-winner. Wilson’s marker had a single assist coming from Jake McDonnell.
The Tycoons Matthew Nuttall managed to secure his third and fourth points of the evening on the same shift, as the star-of-the-night snub buried a pair of goals near the end of the period. However, it was too little, too late for the Tycoons, as the Warriors would close out the game with a 5-4 victory.
Both goaltenders played strong games, with the pair each earning star-of-the-night honors. The Warriors Ashley Bock turned away 25 shots in the win, while his counterpart Emerson Keung of the Tycoons kicked away 32 shots he faced.
On December 3rd, the undefeated Manulife Macau Aces face off against the Tycoons at 8:30pm and the Warriors look to continue their winning ways against the South China Sharks at 10pm.
The three stars of the game:
1. Warriors - Bradley Wilson, 1G, 1A
2. Warriors - Ashley Bock, 25 saves
3. Tycoons - Emerson Keung, 33 saves