Sharks Get First Win of the Season
February 19th, 2021
The second game of the night had the winless Scotiabank South China Sharks facing the AsiaXPAT Kowloon Warriors. With captain Jordan So back from injury and first overall supplemental draft pick Jacob Pentz joining South China, the Sharks were hungry to get into the win column.
It was a slow start to the game, but after Kowloon got the first penalty 8:39 into the opening frame - the Sharks took advantage. Will Allderige was the scorer on the powerplay with help from Ben MacAskill and Pentz. That was the lone goal in the period, as the second period began with the Sharks up 1-0 over the Warriors.
The Warriors were quick to tie the game at one, taking them only two minutes to do so. It was Jake McDonnell putting it home with assists coming from Connor Quinn and Christopher Wong. The Sharks were up next, scoring twice with goals from Michael Shum and leading goal scorer Ryan Chu. Pentz had the helper on Shum’s tuck and So had the lone assist on Chu's.
There were three more goals in the second, two from the Warriors and one from the Sharks which left us at a score of 4-3 for the Sharks going into the third. Those goals included Quinn with a nice unassisted tally, then South China’s Patrik Hammaren responded with help from MacAskill and Chu. Connor Daly rounded off the high-scoring period with assists coming from Devin Welsh and long-time captain Gregory Smyth.
After the final flood, veteran South China defender Eric Molander struck first with Chu and So chipping in. Next up, Shum put home his second of the night to give the Sharks a commanding 6-3 lead, So had the lone assist. The Warriors weren’t ready to give up yet, Smyth had two back-to-back tallies which narrowed the lead to one. Both goals had single assists, the first coming from Francois Esterhuizen and the second from Daly. Kowloon got into some penalty trouble late into the frame which proved to be costly. MacAskill struck next with his first of the night on the powerplay, Pentz chipped in with the only assist on the play. Quinn got a nice shorthanded goal shortly after off a feed from Welsh and McDonnell, but MacAskill got goal number two on an empty net effort to end the game at a score of 8-6 for the Sharks.
King Ho of South China faced 27 shots in the win, while Warriors’ Ashley Bock saw 35 at the other end. Tune in February 25th when the Hong Kong Tycoons take on the Sharks at 8:30pm. After that we have the still-undefeated Macau Aces facing the Warriors.
The three stars of the game:
1. Sharks - Ben MacAskill, 2G, 2A
2. Sharks - Michael Shum, 2G
3. Warriors - Gregory Smyth, 2G, 1A