Canadians Snuff Out Sparx


Date of Game: October 14, 2023


by Ned Braden, Staff Writer

Final score TCHC 6, Sparx 4.

It was a tepid start to the game, with both teams feeling out the other or everyone waking up from the late time slot.

TCHC took a 2-0 lead midway through the first frame with goals from the rookie call-up Yuki DF and veteran C Colucci.

Sparx came storming back to knot the score at two early in the second period as their youthful exuberance started tilting the ice to their benefit.

Game MVP Colucci found some of that youthful energy, and after a monster shift, he completed a natural hat trick, and TCHC regained the lead at 4-2 late in the second period.

Sensing urgency as they started the third period, Sparx returned strong and tied the score at four early in the period. These goals came after some hard forechecking but also included some controversy: the fourth goal came after a non-icing call with the net off the moorings. Keeper E. Shimizu was hot and let the ref know where he lived, but the goal stood.

H. Yamashita, in only his second appearance after a long injury absence, got the eventual game-winner on a sublime take-a-way on a Sparx defender for an unassisted 5th goal for the team in White. S. Kobayashi got the insurance marker on a cheeky backhand feed from B. Carlson.

This spirited game between two relatively evenly matched teams (despite the age difference) was a great way to kick off the fall season. The TCHC looks forward to the rematch with the Sparx later in the season.

The TCHC has the RED\BLACKS vs Team White on Oct 28, 10:45 pm @ Jingu. We look forward to seeing everyone on the ice. 

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Tokyo Canadians #27 C. Colucci scored a hat trick to lead the way.