Aces Remain Undefeated
February 19th, 2021
Hockey is back... After more than two months off, all four CIHL teams took the ice last Thursday night for what ended up being two very close games. Leading off for the first game of the night were the undefeated Manulife Macau Aces who took on the HKBN Hong Kong Tycoons. The last time these two teams met was in the first game of the season way back in October, which ended in a score of 7-3 in favour of the Aces. But now the team was missing offensive defenseman Tyler Doherty and two other key pieces in Charlie Huber and Matthew Sackney. However, the Tycoons were missing league-leading point getter Nicholas Weberg, so this was bound to be an interesting game.
Starting off the game’s scoring was assistant captain Whitney Olsen, who scored a quick one just two minutes into the opening frame with assists going to supplemental draft pick, Alan Chan, and forward Elvis Hsu. Yannick Wong snapped back for the Tycoons five minutes later with help from Kenden Ng to close off the first period scoring at one goal apiece.
The Tycoons started off the second period hot, Ng buried one 26 seconds in, and then got another one shortly after on the powerplay to put the team up 3-1. The first being an unassisted tally and the second with some help from captain Jonathan Szychta and Yannick Wong. But the Tycoons were not done yet, as an Aces penalty came back to bite them when Preston Kwok scored on the powerplay with assists coming from Szychta and Ng. Things were not looking good for Macau who ended the period trailing by three.
'It's not over yet' said Whitney Olsen (probably) between the second and third, as the Aces came out hot - scoring two in the first seven minutes of the frame. Olsen had his second of the night with help from Lokel Wong and Matthew Lee, Jesse Lussier got the next one with assists going to Lennon Au Yeung and Hsu. They did not stop there, as Macau evened things up when Olsen completed the hat trick to bring the score to 4-4 - Lee pitching in with his second helper of the night. Less than a minute later, Olsen added his fourth of the night to give the Aces the lead late in the third.
With 37 seconds left, however, Macau took two penalties in one stoppage to give the Tycoons a rare six-on-three advantage with a pulled goalie. They made no mistake, tying the game up at 5 with a mere 14 seconds left in the game. It was an all-out scramble in front of the net when Aaron Lui ended up banging one home with assists going to Y. Wong and Lucas Eshleman. The 3-minute overtime was not able to decide a winner, even with the PP for Hong Kong that lasted roughly half of the extra frame.
The game ended in a 5-5 tie with its fair share of ups and downs. Liam Moorefield-Yee of the Aces faced a whopping 47 shots which gave him an impressive save percentage of .894, while Emerson Keung at the other end turned away 13 shots.
The three stars of the game:
1. Aces - Whitney Olsen, 4G
2. Tycoons - Kenden Ng, 2G, 2A
3. Aces - Matthew Lee, 2A