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R&W Roundup - Jan 22

2012-01-22

 

12 RED    - FINAL -   WHITE 7

Red Skaters
 
 
 
 
White Skaters
 
 
 
Player
G
A
PTS
 
Player
G
A
PTS
Tommy Anderson
2
3
5
 
Brent McCain
2
2
4
Koichi Ogi
2
2
4
 
Naoto Hamashima
1
3
4
Chris Antonelli
2
1
3
 
Guy Roberge
1
-
1
Satoshi Chawanya
1
2
3
 
Kevin Holt
1
-
1
Frank Harrison
2
-
2
 
Patty Morris
1
-
1
Joji Hiratsuka
-
2
2
 
Scott McCaskie
1
-
1
Rob Smaaly
1
1
2
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shawn Montague
-
2
2
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mita (Keio)
1
-
1
 
 
Dave McKinnon
-
1
1
 
 
Tim Laurie
1
-
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

RED & WHITE WRAP: “Red Removes White with Full Team Effort”
January 22nd, 2012
 
As we head into the All-Star break, this year’s Tokyo Canadians team seemed very keen to replace the lapse in televised hockey for the real game itself. With two full squads of 16 players aside signed up for Sunday night’s tilt, team management was nearly given the unpleasant task of making several healthy scratches ahead of the game. Luckily however, after nominating a referee, and confirming some less frequently seen names such as McCaskie and Waechter were indeed on the team roster, everyone found a side and the puck dropped for the second Red & White game of 2012.
 
Coming off a gritty 4-3 win over Mitsui two weeks ago, players from both sides were eager to get the first goal of the game, with the high-powered first lines of Shawn Montague, Dave McKinnon and Frank Harrison lining-up against Naoto Hamashima, Brent McCain and Patty Morris. For the first twenty minutes of the game, both teams had their chances but some solid goaltending from Tatsu in White, and recent call-up Aaron McCain in Red, kept the score deadlocked at 0. Then, with neither offense getting the job done on their own, Red d-man Tommy Anderson took it upon himself to collect a Koichi Ogi pass and sneak into the slot to let-off a stray wrist-shot which somehow found the bottom left corner of the net. Shortly thereafter, Chris Antonelli managed to tally off a Joji Hiratsuka rebound in front of the net to make it 2-0 Red. It wasn’t long before Anderson was at it again, putting a hard shot on net that was deflected past Tatsu by resident KEIO player, Mita san. After Ogi made it 4-0 for Red, White picked-up the intensity level and was rewarded when Allied Pickford forward Scott McCaskie (who did anything but careful moving) budged his way to the front of the net and slammed home his own rebound to put White on the board.
 
But it wasn’t enough to slow Red, who had all three lines firing in good succession. The first line was out again, and Montague setup Harrison for his first of the night before the all-Japanese third line of Chawanya, Ogi and Mita potted another. Then it was the second line’s turn as Antonelli caught Tatsu by surprise with a partially screened snapshot which deflected off the goaltender’s blocker and into the top corner of the net. 7-1 Red.
 
Team White however, refusing to coil-up like a beaten down Oiler squad, fought back when Brent McCain fed a nice centre ice pass to Naoto Hamashima who beat two Red defenders on his own before putting the puck past Aaron. Several minutes later, Naoto was at it again when he drew out the Red goalie before skating around him and feeding a wide open Brent in the crease for his first of the game. But just when it appeared that McCain (who sorely missed his usual centreman, Montague) had gelled with Hamashima by combining for their 3rd of the game, Red had seen enough, and tallied four consecutive goals including a nifty wrap-around by Tim Laurie to put it out of sight, 11-4 Red. Late in the game, Patty Morris got a lucky bounce off Red defender Chad Fleck’s stick, and White defenseman Guy Roberge added some flare of his own, blasting a high slapshot from just inside the blue line, past the low and stocky McCain to make it 11-6 but it would not be enough. Kevin Holt and Rob Smaaly exchanged buzzer beaters and the final score was 12-7 for Red.
 
Your Allied Pickford 3 stars of the game:
 
?    Tommy Anderson – All over the ice, contributing offensively for 5 points and annoying White forwards all night (as confirmed by Patty Morris).
?    Naoto Hamashima – Was there when White needed him the most, getting a goal himself but more importantly setting up 3 others.
?    Rob Smaal – No one was more excited about the recent birth of his daughter Jessica, then Dad himself, since it meant he could make it to Red & White after all.  And Dad did his girl proud, with a goal and an assist.

New Year's Cup Tourney

2012-01-08

 

New Year’s Tournament – Game 1 Round Up
By Redd Fischer
 
The annual Tokyo New Year’s Invitational Tournament kicked into gear on Sunday night at Jingu as TCHC faced off against Tokyo League stalwart Mitsui. Mitsui always boasts a strong side and this year they added a former Asia League and Seibu Rabbit as their goalie so this game figured to be a low scoring affair, at least for TCHC. In games like this you know that you are going to have to throw a ton of pucks at the net, get great goaltending and hope for a lucky bounce at the right time. TCHC got all 3 and emerged with a hard fought win over a tough opponent.
 
“Gentlemen, you don’t have enough talent to win on talent alone!” These words were famously uttered by Herb Brooks as he tried to motivate his charges to train harder in the hopes of keeping up with better conditioned and more talented teams. With dryland training typically being held at Legend’s Sports Bar, it seemed highly unlikely that our boys would be able to trade punches with Mitsui all night. This one was going to be won with grit, spit and a whole lot of duct tape. The first couple of shifts actually were a very fast paced affair with scoring chances going both ways. The first line of Satoshi Kobayashi, Patty Morris and Naoto Hamashima were buzzing and Naoto missed on a couple of partial breakaways. Tommy Anderson was flying and sending pucks at the Mitsui net but all were turned back. Thankfully, Takeshi Tastumoto brought his A-game for TCHC and stopped everything that was thrown at him. Late in the first period, TCHC broke it open. Fred “Nifty” Sanford, looking a bit like Rick Middleton (and about the same age), chipped a Marc Bookman clearing pass past a pinching defenseman and scooted up the wing. Using his charging winger Scott Collins as a decoy, he fired high on the short side beating the goalie and popping the water bottle in the air. Mitsui came back before the end of the period making it 1-1 capitalizing on a botched clearing attempt and sliding a rebound past a completely abandoned Tatsu.
 
The tie would hold right through to the 3rd period as Tatsu and Mitsui’s tender traded highlight reel saves. The big break came early in the 3rd as the line of Dave McKinnon, Brent McCain and Tommy Anderson got cranked up. Mack slid a pass to Anderson who broke in over the blue line and slid a pass to McCain. The pass got tipped and was about 2 feet off the ice. McCain swung wildly at it and caught it flush and the puck went right into the mesh to make it 2-1. There is a possibility that McCain meant to do that but I cannot put that it print for fear that he would be talking about it all week. The old “new captain” was not finished on the shift though. Kevin Holt corralled a clearing attempt at the point and threw it on net. It popped up about two feet off a defenseman’s stick. Again McCain took a whack at it and again it found the twine making it 3-1 TCHC.
 
The defense (Lotocki/Roberge, Smaal/Holt, Antonelli/Carlson) was brilliant on this night and they held the fort by clearing rebounds and getting just enough of the Mitsui attackers to not let them get great scoring chances on Tatsu. Tatsu was a wall when they did get chances though and I stopped counting at about 45 shots. In a rather ominous sign, upon being informed that the final period would go right to 11:30 and not be called at 20 minutes, the boys started to plan a “responsible defense” line up in case the walls came crashing down late. They almost did.
 
Rob Smaal made a nice play to pinch at the point and got the puck to Anderson who slid it to McCain who kind of slapped a backhander into the top corner for his 3rd of the night causing most of the bench to quip that he ought to buy a lottery ticket. This was the high water mark for TCHC.
 
Mitsui got 2 quick goals with about 5 minutes left and the remaining 3-4 shifts took on the feeling of total panic. Tatsu saved his best for last looking a lot like Jimmy Craig in the dying minutes of the Miracle on Ice. Naoto, Anderson, Guy Roberge, Dave Lotocki and Patty Morris were sent on as the “responsible defense” team and they killed the final 2 and a half minutes and as the clock wound down to all naughts it was 4-3 for TCHC.
 
This was a classic case of hanging around long enough to make the game about one lucky bounce and, in the end, TCHC got 3 rather lucky bounces and set themselves up well for a good run in this tournament. Make the final 4-3 for the “good guys”.
 
Your Allied Pickford’s 3 Stars
 
1st Star - Brent McCain – TCHC – 3 goals in a 4-3 game convinced the voters but if I had a vote I would have picked Tatsu.
 
2nd Star – Takeshi Tatsumoto – Stopped 47 of 50 shots, many of them good scoring chances. Covered up rebounds and was a rock when needed.
 
3rd Star – Mitsui’s goaltenders – They also saw a lot of action. In the end, TCHC was not as over matched as many thought and often took the play to Mitsui.

Saturday Night Fever@Muse

2011-11-19

The Tokyo Canadians Hockey Club’s semi-annual party is coming up. The party is going to be on Saturday, November 19th from 7-10pm at Muse in Nishi-Azabu. 

The cost of admission is 4,000yen for all you can drink for 3hours
If you have been to one of the previous parties then you will know it is always a lot of fun, good music, and for a great cause

A portion of all the money raised will be donated to charity.

Date: Saturday Nov 19, 2011
Time: 7pm-10pm
Location: Muse in Nishi-Azabu 
Fee: 4000 yen all you can drink

http://www.muse-web.com/
If you or your friends would like to come and need tickets, please send me an email by Wednesday, November 16th.

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October R&W Game Roundup

2011-10-16

 

TCHC – October R&W Roundup
Seesaw Match Ends in a Draw
Redd Fischer
 
Hockey is starting everywhere and thanks to the quality of the NHL Gamecenter package I was able to catch a few games this week. Hockey returned to Winnipeg and it was great to see the emotion in the building with grown men welling up as the national anthem played and the “Go Jets Go” chants rained down. The Habs spoiled the party but hockey is back where it belongs even if the current Jets look an awful lot like the rather mediocre NHL squads that patrolled that ice in the 80’s and 90’s. Optimism reigns supreme in Canada’s self proclaimed “centre of the universe” as Phil Kessel leads the league in scoring and James Reimer seems to be the same as he was last year when he took the league by storm. Leaf haters will remind us that last season started 4-0 and ended in disappointment but this team seems more focused and maybe they can save the truculent Ron Wilson from himself. The Habs are hurt. Again. This just in: when your top line averages 5’8’’, you will lose significant games to injury. Carey Price cannot pitch shutouts every night and the Habs look curiously like the team that backed into the playoffs last year and not at all like the team that led its division at the quarter post. Vancouver looks to shake off the stink of the embarrassing on ice and off ice performance in G7 of last year’s final. Edmonton has some great young talent and are fun to watch. Calgary and Ottawa are in tough this year to be competitive. All in all, I would put the over/under on Canadian teams in the playoffs at 2. The NHL talent pool has never been better and I am anxiously waiting to see how this all turns out.
 
The curtain rose on the 2011/2012 TCHC season Sunday at Jingu and it was a great game from front to back with lots of scoring, some great goaltending and even a few gentle reminders that hockey is a contact sport. The best way to describe what happened last night is to say that Red threatened to run away and hide but then White, just when you thought they would give in, played lights out for 20 minutes and, finally, Red got it together long enough to tie things up and send everyone home happy.
 
Red’s big line was firing early and it seemed like White was overmatched. Naoto Hamashima, Chuck V and young gun Riku Watanabe were all over the place. Were it not for Nobu Araki making about 6 circus saves in the first frame, this one would have been all done and I could have headed to the bar to file my report. About 10 minutes in they finally broke through as Riku roofed one, completing a pretty tic-tac-toe from Chuck V and Hama. On the very next shift, Hama did it all himself slamming in a wrap around that sounded like a sledge hammer hitting the post as the puck slammed into the back of the net and his stick hit the pipe. Riku and Chuck V got singles and Red took a 4-0 lead into the 2nd period.
 
White got its spark from Tommy Anderson and Guy Roberge who was playing defense again this night. After a scramble and some digging in front, the sturdy Quebec native deposited the puck behind Tatsu and things started to look up for White. Red’s other line on this night finally got on the board. Dan Stevens, newly minted TCHC President Brent McCain and Hawaii/Minnesota’s favourite son Patrick Morris had been throwing it around pretty well but were repeatedly thwarted by Nobu and his defense gang of Anderson, Roberge, James Heather and Mihail Komatsu. A classic Patty Mo goal went in off Nobu’s back and it looked like things would get out of hand with the score at 5-1.
 
Satoshi Kobayashi, who is looking very svelte by the way, was flying and he broke free and ripped a low snap shot past Tatsu to get it to 5-2. The wheels then fell off the bus for the Red Siders. McGill grad Tim Laurie and Scotty Collins were driving Red crazy down low and Laurie was rewarded with two quick goals. Koby snapped another home on a pass from Chris Antonelli and Satoshi Chawanya and just like that it was 5-5 and we were staring down the barrel of a barn burner 3rd period.
 
White continued to dominate and Anderson spotted Joji Hiratsuka with a step behind the Red defense. Joji went in unhindered from the red line, went to his forehand on the deke and was stopped by Tatsu but Joji swung at the rebound and the puck squeaked over the goal line just before Tatsu could smother it. The kid taping the action on his i-Phone video reviewed the play and concluded it was a goal. White had its first lead of the day at 6-5. Collins, Laurie and Anto got at it again and Collins banged home his first of the night.
 
Outgoing President Dave Lotocki called on player/coach Rob Smaal for a Red timeout and Smaaly calmed and rallied the troops. Smaaly was playing gritty defense on the night and he called on the forwards to create some action in front of Nobu. Big Jimmer, Anderson and Roberge were, to this point, doing a stellar job of clearing the crease for Nobu. The boys did as Coach Smaal asked and were rewarded. With Hama and Chuck V. crashing the net, Lowtalker slid a pass across the point to new member Fred Sanford. Sanford let it rip and it went through the crowd finding twine and sparking the Red bench. Two minutes later McCain completed the comeback snapping a Dan Stevens rebound over Nobu’s shoulder.
 
Joji had another breakaway but was stoned by Tatsu. Suddenly a rushing defenseman and new VP, Kevin “Kid” Holt led a Red 2-on-1 with the final seconds ticking off but Nobu held the fort, White breathed a sigh of relief and the score was 7s as all naughts showed on the scoreboard. Make the final 7-7 in a thriller.
 
Your Allied Pickfords 3 Stars:
 
Riku Watanabe – Red – Riku gave the 1 line a spark and got things rolling. Played big minutes while the old guys were sucking wind down the stretch.
 
Nobu Araki – White – Absolutely robbed Stevens (3 times), Morris, McCain, Hama, Chuck V and probably a few others I am missing. He looked like the Michelin Man to Red on this night.
 
Satoshi Kobayashi – White – A slim and trim Koby was flying and scoring in buckets, no doubt a harbinger of things to come.

HCMS Ottawa Visits TCHC

2011-08-28

 

TCHC Edge HCMS Ottawa in a Close Affair
By Redd Fischer
 
There are a few things that we know about our men and women in uniform. We know that they sacrifice their personal lives to defend our borders and undertake foreign missions. We know that they take orders and finish the job no matter how difficult. We know that they put themselves in harm’s way and that they never give up. Translate all of these traits and a commitment to fitness into a hockey team and you will know that TCHC would have had their hands full as they took on an HCMS Ottawa squad that had boisterous support from its sailors and its Canadian Embassy support staff. One thing that we did not bank on was the HCMS Ottawa’s ability to raise funds for a cause. Touched by the events of the last few months in Japan, Commodore Peter Ellis, Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific and Commanding Officer Jon Allsop challenged their charges to raise funds to help in the Tohoku relief efforts. A hat was passed around the ship to collect funds and, in an amazing display of generosity, $7000 Canadian was raised. Amid flashing bulbs and huge cheers, Commodore Ellis and Commander Allsop, flanked by Chief Petty Officers 1st Class Dave Bliss and Sid Tobias, presented TCHC Captain Dave Lotocki with the funds. Canadian Defense Attache Bruce “Skip” Walker agreed to ref the game and lent a very poignant bit of Canadiana to the moment when he shouted, “Let’s play some hockey!” The assembled crowd and both teams roared their approval and the game was underway.
 
Dan Stevens, fresh from his summer holiday in Canmore and Kingston, took the draw against Leading Seaman McKernan, of Comox BC, who would figure prominently on the scoresheet. The pace was fast with TCHC carrying the early going and rolling 3 full lines. Both teams created scoring chances but Lieutenant Alex Stewart, a former RMC Varsity goalie and Ottawa native, and Takeshi Tatsumoto kept both teams off the scoresheet with some great goaltending. Late in the first, TCHC got on the board when Guy Roberge fired a great head man clearing pass to the winger who tipped it to Naoto Hamashima. Hama did the rest breaking through centre and finding himself all alone as his HCMS Ottawa counterpart blew a tire. Hama beat Stewart high on the blocker side and TCHC was up 1-0.
 
The lead was short lived as a failed clearing attempt was picked off at the point. There was a seeing eye shot that Tatsu kicked out. The puck bounced around as Fred Sanford and Kevin Holt tied desperately to clear their men but the puck had eyes and fell right on the stick of McKernan who deposited in the back of the net thus ending the first period with 1’s on the board for both sides.
 
Early in the 2nd, referee Walker and linesman Dean Turner of Montreal called a razor close icing call that had the Ottawa bench up in arms. Hama lined up for the ensuing face off and tipped the draw forward, beating his man and splitting the defense. He ground his way around the net and wrapped the puck under Stewart for a 2-1 lead. McKernan got HCMS Ottawa back on the board converting a nice 2-on-1 and igniting a big celebration down in the Ottawa end of the rink.
 
At the end of the 2nd, Nobu Araki jumped between the pipes and was as lights out as Tatsu being tested early and often. Also at the end of the 2nd, player/coach Rob Smaal pulled a groin and happily was replaced by Brent “Killer” Carlson who had been previously patrolling the boards as a linesman. The 3rd period opened with the Ottawa taking it to TCHC and yet another clearing attempt was picked off. This time the results were also damaging to TCHC as the pass was picked off by Lieutenant Curtis Gear of Elliott Lake, Ontario. He fired a prayer at the net and it was answered. The puck went high by former Saskatchewan Huskie and sometime Embassy denizen, Chad Fleck, and over the shoulder of a screened Nobu. The score was 3-2 Ottawa and the crowd was getting more raucous behind their bench every minute.
 
Tim Laurie lingered at the bench before hopping the boards to rally the troops before hopping over the boards with Joji Hiratsuka and Satoshi Kobayashi. They buzzed in the Ottawa end and were rewarded with a nice scoring chance for Joji who was barely denied in close by Stewart. This energy line created a bit of momentum and after a few back and forth shifts, TCHC evened the score. Fleck threw a shot on net after a nice rush and Hama and Brent McCain swatted at the rebound. Stewart kicked them away but the puck went right to Patrick Morris who always seems to find himself in the mix at crunch time. Patty Mo made no mistake and he quieted the crowd by sliding the puck past a helpless Stewart. This is the point where Scotty McCaskie played Karnak. McCaskie and Chuck V traded passes and scoring chances on a great late shift and coming to the bench he tapped McCain on the pads and said, “You have winning goal written all over you.” Sure enough on the ensuing faceoff, Patty Mo corralled the draw from Hama, made a quick move to the net and slid the puck to McCain who banged the puck past Stewart for a 4-3 lead with about 2 minutes to go. Chuck V had a glorious chance to end it as Stevens found him all alone. He rang it off the post and the Ottawa defenders cleared the zone. As so often happens, good scoring chances follow good scoring chances. The clearing pass skipped over the TCHC defenders and right to McKernan who found himself on a breakaway from his own blue line. He went glove side with a deke but Nobu stayed with him the whole way and the shot bounced off his pads into the corner. Roberge cleared the zone and the buzzer sounded as the TCHC bench breathed a huge sigh of relief. In the end, TCHC hung around long enough to make the game about 1 bad bounce and the bounce went their way. Make the final 4-3 TCHC in a thriller.
 
Your Allied Pickfords 3 Stars:
 
It has to be said that the 1st Star of this weekend are our men and women in uniform who sacrifice their personal comfort and put themselves in harm’s way so that our borders stay safe. They are often behind the scenes doing great work and we should all be very proud. Let’s turn to the ice for your 3 stars:
 
1st Star: The goalies: Alex Stewart – HCMS Ottawa – He was a rock tuning aside a ton of rubber. All 4 goals were unstoppable. Tatsu had the glove going and Nobu made 2 huge saves in the 3rd to protect a narrow lead.
 
2nd Star: Naoto Hamashima – TCHC – 2 goals and gave the Ottawa defense fits all night with his perpetual motion legs.
 
3rd Star: Patrick McKernan – HCMS Ottawa – 2 goals and his line was all over TCHC every shift. Nearly tied it up late.


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