Hiratsuka Celebrates With Chung and Ogiso
Joji Hiratsuka, one of the Tokyo Canadians founding members, and a stand out for the Monsters squad celebrated his 44th birthday Friday night scoring his 50th career hat-trick against Dennis Waechter and the Tokyo Canadians. Hiratsuka’s first goal came as he emulated his favorite Russian rookie, Alexander Ovechkin, cutting out in front of the net from the right side of the net, unscathed from defender Jamie Heather, and beating the sprawling Waechter. Monsters held onto the lead until Stu Kimoto’s coast to coast rush late in the first period, evening the score at one a piece.
After Heather’s gift to Hiratsuka in the first, big Jimmer hammered home to consecutive blasts from the point giving the Canadians a two goal cushion. But it would be Hiratsuka who could only score on Waechter and keeping the Monsters in the game with two more goals.
Ogiso, the smooth skating Japanese player and also a recent acquisition for the KL tournament, notched his 7th career hat-trick and also adding 2 helpers. Bobby Chung, playing his off wing on the left side, tallied 3 consecutive goals for his 3rd hat-trick in a Tokyo Canadian uniform.
The Canadians won the game 12-3. Also scoring for the Canadians, Satoshi Chawanya, Dave Lindsay and Kevin Meehan.
3 Stars (picked by Stutercane Productions)
1st Star – Joji Hirastuka 3 goals
2nd Star – Ogiso 3 goals 2 assists
3rd Star – Bobby Chung 3 goals 2 assists
Dave Lindsay, playing 44 minutes, had 78 shots on net, notching only 1 goal. This ageless wonder is surely to get back into scoring form soon.
Scott McCaskie has now surpassed his record of missed games with games played. Until the Tokyo Canadians get a female water girl, it is safe to say, Scott will continue to miss games.
Patrick Morris, a recent graduate from Kellogg Univeristy in Hong Kong missed the game due to his graduation ceremony. “I wish I could be there playing but I am in Hong Kong right now. We need to get a team road trip to Macau in the new future”, Morris stated via before the puck was dropped.
Satoshi Kobayashi missed last night’s game with an upper body injury.
Red, White, and More Red
The Tokyo Canadians took to the ice Sunday night for their monthly Red - White game. The boys were in good spirits, and had for the most part shaken the effects of St. Patty's Day. While most Canadians turned up as expected, veterans Scott McCaskie and Jason Young were nowhere to be found.
As the puck was dropped, right winger Mike Larose skated into the Red zone and banged a low slapshot by Dennis Waechter. As if to say, "It's going to be a high scoring game," White answered back on the next shift with a tic-tac-toe goal converted by the line of Cam Knox, Kevin Meehan, and Chuck. Several players turned in top performances, including Cam Knox (2 goals), Mike Larose (3 goals, 1 assist), and Brian May (2 goals, 2 assists).
The game was of secondary importance, however, after two consecutive incidents involving the combination of Mike Doris (White) and Mike Slaton (Red). Thirty minutes into the game, Slaton attempted to complete a backdoor pass to a streaking May, however, the puck deflected off Doris' stick and connected on his right cheek. The small pressure wound was nothing compared to the incident that followed. Upon intercepting a pass in the offensive zone a few shifts later, Slaton wound up for a shot that again hit Doris' stick and careemed up into his face. This time, however, there were several large gashes around Doris' eye area, and plenty of blood on the ice. Both teams rushed to Doris' aid, with Satoshi Kobayashi, a veteran of late night emergency trips himself, volunteering to transport his injured teammate to the hospital.
After the blood had been scraped off the ice, the teams managed to resume the game, though the intensity was at a much lower level. The teams traded goals in the waning minutes, with Waechter turning away a last second shot by Larose to preserve a 7-7 tie.
1. Mike Doris - 6 stitches, a bloody cornea, 2 blocked shots with his face, 2 blocked shots with hisankles, and the quote of the night, "I guess it's time I start wearing a visor."
2. Satoshi Kobayashi - Volunteered to give up 30 minutes of ice, drive Doris to the hospital, translated for 4 hours, tried to help Doris hit on the "hot eye doctor," and got pulled over on the way to drop Doris off at his house
3. Mike Larose - 3 goals, 1 assist
Canadians Crush Monsters
The Tokyo Canadians took the ice Friday night in a friendly game against Joji Hiratsuka's Monsters. The Canadians displayed plenty of emotion after the return of veteran Dave Lindsay, who had been hiding out in the desert much of the past three months.
The Canadians had plenty of legs with three full lines, and skated to a quick 3-0 advantage on goals by Mike Slaton, Cam Knox, and Brian May. With the outcome all but decided within 15 minutes of the opening faceoff, two dramas surfaced: which line would score the most goals, and could Dennis Waechter stand strong enough to earn his first career shutout?
The scoring battle was tight, with the line of Knox (2), Lindsay (2), and Kevin Meehan(1)/Stu Kimoto (1) outscoring Slaton (3), May (1), and Satoshi Kobayashi 6-4. Defenseman Mike Doris (1), visitor Yakumo Sugiyama (1), and Stu's buddy from Canada (1) also tallied for the Canadians.
The shutout bid for Waechter also provided for plenty of suspense, as Waechter made several key saves through the first two periods. As the third wound down, the Canadians seemed to forget about defense, leaving Waechter to fend for himself on three breakaways and several second and third-chance opportunities. With six minutes remaining, a penalty shot was awarded to the Monsters' Hiratsuka. Waechter remained unfazed in turning away Hirasuka's five-hole attempt. WIth under two minutes remaining, the Monsters' finally broke the Waechter Wall by popping in two tallies to end the shutout bid.
Notable plays deserving mention include a no-look backhand pass by Kimoto that sprung Slaton for a breakaway goal, and a (slow motion) crushing bodycheck by Meehan on an unsuspecting Hiratsuka.
Canadians 13 - Monsters 2
1. Dave Lindsay - 2 goals, 3 assists, emotional return from Middle East
2. Cam Knox - 2 goals, 3 assists
3. Dennis Waechter - 37 saves on 39 shots
Meanwhile, power forward Mike "Rubes" Rublack extended his absence from the ice to 218 days, 6 hours, and 30 minutes.
Rubes could not be reached at home, but when tracked down at Mully's (the first place we had to look), his only comment was "There is no truth to the rumors, I have never placed a bet on behalf of Janet Jones!"
Tokyo Canadians Tame the Beast
A week before the All Star selections are going to be announced, the Tokyo Canadians took to the ice Friday night to face their long time foes, the Monsters. The Monsters, who were without two of their star players (Hiratsuka and Roberge) gave a valiant effort against a full Canadian squad, but came up short, as the Canadians went to a 13-5 victory.
The line shuffling of May (2), Knox (2) and Kimoto(3) proved to be a winning formula as the three notched 7 goals in the win. Mike LaRose also netted a pair receiving passes from Kobayashi and McCaskie. But it was veteran blueliners Rob Smaal and Jason Young, both celebrating birthdays this week that kept the Canadians in the game. Smaal buried a shot passed the Monsters’ keeper early in the 2nd frame and Young recorded his 7th career hat-trick for the Canadians a few days past his 31st birthday.
JO Caron, a gritty power forward for the Monsters was in top form, scoring a pair of his own in a losing cause.
Dennis Waechter with the win, leaving him with a record of 7-3-0 for the 05/06 season.
J. Hiratsuka, M. Slaton, M. Doris, S. Chawanya, C. Antonelli reached the finals in the Mongolia International Tournament on Saturday. Smoke signals are still making their way across the sky to announce the winner.
1st Star - Jason Young – (3 G, 3 A)
2nd Star - Brian May – (2G, 4 A)
3rd Star - JO Caron – (2G, 2 A)
White Holds Off Red Comeback
The Tokyo Canadians returned to the ice on Sunday, Jan 22. With a draw of the cards, the boys split into two teams -- Red and White. Both teams had full benches and lots of energy, as the long holiday vacations are finally behind us.
The first shift was an indication that it was going to be business as usual, as veteran centerman Cam Knox made his 2006 Red/White debut by creating several immediate scoring chances, and dishing out several of his patented hooks to the midsection.
Both teams ran each of the three lines through scoreless first shifts, but White took advantage of it's second runthrough as Mike Slaton capitalized on a Satoshi Kobayashi rebound. As if to say one was not enough, White quickly built upon its lead, extending the margin to 3-0 on two Stu Kimoto tallies - both on Kobayashi assists. Following Chris Antonelli's top corner rocket, White sat pretty at 4-0.
But Knox was determined not to let his return be ruined by a quick White start, and answered back by out-muscling defenseman Kevin Holt and buring the puck top corner over Lance Leeder, who had been stellar in net to through the first 30 minutes. Red rode Knox's powerful stride to another quick goal, this time cutting the lead to 4-2 on a Scotty McCaskie rebound conversion.
At 4-2, the game turned into a seesaw battle that saw goals by veterans Jason Young (White) and Mike Larose (Red), newcomers Brian May (Red) and Mike (White), and a tic-tac-toe tally by Mike Treytiak (White).
WIth the game winding down and White leading 6-5, Red mounted one last stand with goaltender Hiroki Narushima on the bench in favor of an extra attacker. The line of Knox, McCaskie, Larose, Killer Carlson, James Heather, and Steve Chianese generated constant pressure, and finally capitalized on a Larose tally to tie the game.
This iteration of Red/White seemed destined to end in a tie until, with less than 30 seconds to play, White forward Mike took one last desperation slapper that beat Narushima low to the glove side. Final score: White 7 - Red 6.
1) Mike - 2 goals (incl GW), 1 assist
2) Satoshi Kobayashi - 3 assists
3) Cam Knox - 2 goals, 2 assists
- Star forward Aaron Dobrescu phoned in before the game to report, "Slates, I've got a pulled groin, but don't tell anyone. Ah shit, you're gonna tell the boys, aren't you?"
- Lance Leeder was outstanding in goal for White, stopping 30 of the first 32 shots he faced
- Scott McCaskie set a personal best for consecutive Red/White appearances with two