Tycoons Take Down the Sharks in Close Battle
March 12th, 2021
The second game of the night featured the HKBN Hong Kong Tycoons taking on the Scotiabank South China Sharks. This game was a rollercoaster ride to say the least - both teams went on some sizeable goal streaks and by the end the game could have went either way.
Aaron Lui of the Tycoons opened up the scoring in the first period just a couple minutes in, with some help from Jonathan Szychta and Kenden Ng. Lucas Eshleman put home the second goal for Hong Kong which had assists coming from Lui and Jim Fanstone. Preston Kwok rounded off the scoring in the opening frame with an unassisted tally to put the Tycoons up three heading into the second.
The Sharks struck early in the second, when team-leading goal scorer Ryan Chu put one home a mere 33 seconds in. Jordan So and Ben MacAskill had helpers on the Sharks' first of the game. Fanstone got the next one on a nice cross-ice pass from Eshleman. Szychta fired home the fifth goal of the night for the Tycoons with assists going to Kwok and Ng. Less than a minute later Eshleman buried his second of the night with the lone assist going to Matthew Nuttall to put the Tycoons up 6-1 going into the break. Things were not looking good for the Sharks.
Elliot Steele opened the scoring in the third with a nifty goal for Hong Kong to bump their lead up to 7-1. The Sharks were not ready to give up yet. Captain Jordan So led the charge, scoring back-to-back goals to close the lead to four. The first was unassisted and the second had helpers coming from Chu and Kosuke Ikeda. Jacob Pentz had the next goal of the game on an unassisted breakaway effort. In the next minute and 30 seconds the Sharks added two more goals to make this a 7-6 game. Chu buried his second of the night with help from MacAskill, then MacAskill added one of his own from Eric Molander.
With a little over two minutes left in the game, the Tycoons took a delay of game penalty when the puck got flipped out and over the glass, setting the stage for a golden opportunity for South China. While they did get some really good looks, they could not find the back of the net. The final 20 seconds or so were somewhat of a free-for-all with bodies flying all over the ice but the game ended in a score of 7-6 for the Tycoons.
The Three Stars of the Game:
1. Tycoons - Lucas Eshleman, 2G + 1A
2. Tycoons - Elliot Steele, 1G
3. Sharks - Jordan So, 2G + 1A