Hat Tricks on St. Patrick's as Warriors Win Big
March 25th, 2021
Last week's CIHL action on the Thursday following St. Patrick's Day featured the AsiaXPAT Kowloon Warriors taking on the HKBN Hong Kong Tycoons. The battle was for sole possession of second place in the league standings. The scoring began early and often, as the Warriors scored the first goal of the game less than three minutes in. Leading off the high-scoring affair was Devin Welsh on an unassisted breakaway effort. Welsh then scored again in the same shift, this time with help from defenseman David Belluche.
Afterwards, Jason Wong scored for the Warriors only a minute after Welsh's goal which also had an assist going to Belluche. Gregory Smyth struck next, making it four Warriors goals in less then two and a half minutes to take an early and demanding league. Connor Quinn and Welsh had the helpers on Smyth's goal. Before the end of the opening frame Smyth had another, this time with help from Jason Klotz and Quinn to put the Warriors up 5-0 going into the second.
Francois Esterhuizen started the scoring one minute into the second on a nice cross-ice pass from Smyth. The Tycoons, however, were not ready to throw in the towel just yet. Team leading point-getter Nicholas Weberg fired home his team's first goal of the night with help from Preston Kwok. Weberg followed up with another one shortly after, this time on the powerplay, with the lone helper coming from line mate Jim Fanstone. Quinn finished off the second period of scoring on an unassisted effort to put the Warriors up 7-2 entering the third and final frame.
The goals did not stop there as Welsh completed his hat trick early into the third with help from Smyth and Klotz. Connor Daly got the next one for the Warriors, with assists coming from Belluche and Esterhuizen. Then Weberg completed a hat trick of his own with helpers from Fanstone and Lucas Eshleman. Next up was Jason Wong for the Warriors with the lone assist coming from Welsh. Weberg was not finished his scoring for the night, burying on a short-handed effort again coming from Fanstone and Eshleman for his fourth of the evening. In the final minute of the game, Smyth completed his hat trick to bring the score to 11-4 with Klotz and Belluche chipping in with helpers.
This blowout moved the Kowloon Warriors into second place and gave the team a huge confidence boost on the offensive side of their game. Kowloon's Ashley Bock faced 30 shots while Hong Kong's Emerson Keung faced 27 at the other end.
The Thee Stars of the Game:
1. Tycoons - Nicholas Weberg, 4G
2. Warriors - Devin Welsh, 3G + 2A
3. Warriors - Gregory Smyth, 3G + 2A