Sharks Harpooned by Warriors for 4th Straight Loss
April 3rd, 2021
The Scotiabank South China Sharks were looking to get back into the win column after a tough past couple of games. They have been competitive in each of these games, losing two of the last three by a single goal, and were hungry for a win. The AsiaXPAT Kowloon Warriors were looking to pick up right where they left off with an 11-goal showing in their last game.
Immediately off the opening face-off, Sharks centre Michael Shum won the draw to winger Jacob Pentz who fired one into the top right corner a mere 6 seconds into the game, for the fastest goal in CIHL history. Shortly after, the Warriors got a goal of their own when Connor Daly passed it to defenseman David Belluche who circled the goal then took a heavy wrist shot glove side to beat goaltender King Ho. Sharks point-leader Ben MacAskill rounded off scoring in the opening frame with an unassisted wrister that got past Horrance Cheung.
Belluche tied the game at two for his second of the night with another high glove wrist shot that had Connor Quinn chipping in with the lone helper. Afterwards, Quinn skated the puck into the zone and took a shot which Ho rejected, but U18 Jason Wong buried the rebound for the Warriors. Nearing the end of the period, Bradley Wilson took a slapshot from the top of the circle that found its way into the back of the net. Josh Gordon had the only assist on the goal that put the Warriors up 4-2 going into the third.
While the final frame was filled with plenty of good scoring chances, the only goal was scored by Warriors captain Greg Smyth on an unassisted breakaway effort. He made a nice deke and went upstairs on the backhand to beat Ho and end the game with a score of 5-2 for Kowloon.
Shots against were very close with King Ho facing 33 for the Sharks, and Horrance Cheung facing 34 for the Warriors. This worked out to an .848 save percentage for Ho and a .941 for Cheung at the other end.
The loss for the Sharks now sees them sitting 5 points back of the final playoff spot as the HKBN Hong Kong Tycoons picked up huge win on the night by knocking off the previously undefeated Manulife Macau Aces.
The Thee Stars of the Game:
1) Warriors - David Belluche, 2G
2) Warriors - Connor Quinn, 2A
3) Warriors - Connor Daly, 1A
Both teams earn a rest next week before go back at each other on Thursday, April 15th, 10:00pm @ Mega Ice.