Aces Cruise to Season Opening Victory
September 25, 2022
Prized off-season acquisition Jordan So suited up for the Aces in the season opener of the CIHL 2022-2023 hockey season. Jordan So collected an astounding 6 goals and tallied one helper to propel the Aces over the short-handed Warriors 9-2. Aces Captain, Whitney Olsen, felt that it was this team's year in a post-game interview stating, 'This is just the beginning'.
The Aces got off to a hot start in the first period, with goals from Tom Allen, Stuart Chan, and Jordan So to put the Aces up to a quick 3-0 lead. The Warriors felt like it was time to get on the board with a goal from Jonathon Der, assisted by Warrior's rookie Rhett Willcox and Francois Esterhuizen. Warriors defender Bradley Wilson was the lucky winner of the first penalty of the 2022-2023 hockey season, after hooking down an Aces player to sit him down for 2 minutes.
The second period was a goalie battle, with only one goal coming from the Aces Captain, Whitney Olsen, after releasing a snapper that burnt the ice and went under the pad of Warriors goalie, King Ho. The Aces finished the period up 4-1 heading into the final 20 minutes of hockey.
The third period rolled around and Jordan So turned into a machine. Exploding for 2 early goals to put the Aces up 6-1, there was no looking back for the Aces. With a tiny bounce-back goal by Warriors forward, Francois Esterhuizen, the Aces took off with help of Jordan So. After the Warriors tally making it 6-2, Jordan So puts three quick goals in the back of the net in under 50 seconds… possibly a CIHL record for the quickest three goals ever scored by a single player. After Jordan So's 4th, 5th, and 6th goal of the evening, the Aces led 9-2 and it stayed that way until the final buzzer. Aces Yosef Natour was an apple tree for the evening, tallying 4 assists in the game to help propel the Aces towards victory.
Aces goalie Boyce Wong stopped 30 of 32 shots putting up a .938 SV%, while Warriors goalie King Ho stopped 30 of 39 shots posting a .769 SV%.
Burger Joys 3 Stars of the game
1. Aces - Jordan So (6G, 1)
2. Aces - Yosef Natour (4A)
3. Aces - Boyce Wong (30 saves)