Canadians Triple Up On Pirates


Date of Game: November 4, 2023


On Saturday morning, November 4th, the Tokyo Canadians took their show on the road for an intense battle with a fired-up Pirates team out in Minami Funabashi at Mitsui Fudosan Ice Park. Chris Colucci led the way for the Canadians with a whopping 6-point (5g-1a) effort. No doubt Colucci was getting his money’s worth of hockey before baby #2 arrives later this month. 

The first period started off rather slow, with both sides likely still feeling the effects of the Bunka-no-hi (Culture Day) festivities the day before. Once the Tylenol and/or coffee kicked in, the scoring started up. After executing a perfect 3 on 2, Patrick Adams broke the ice unleashing a top cheddar snipe with assists going to Colucci and Stephen Faulkner. Shu Hayakawa added to the scoring later in the period with assists going to David Shao and Eric “Wolfie” “Wolfman” “Gritty” Wolfe. The pesky Pirates would respond with a couple of tallies of their own, and the period ended 2-2. 

The second period saw the Canadians begin to tilt the ice in their favor. Colucci would score twice in the 2nd, and Ian Medcalf also banged one home. Assists on those goals went to Faulkner, Craig Irish, Mat Matusiak, and Hans Hermenius. Recent call-up Emerson Keung looked more and more comfortable in goal as the game went on. The Pirates only managed to squeak one past the netminder in the 2nd, and the Canadians ended up taking a 5-3 lead into the third. 

The conditioning work started to take over in the third for the Canadians while the Pirates began to show signs of fatigue. Colucci, with his foot firmly on the gas pedal, racked up a 3rd-period hat trick, repeatedly leaving a tired Pirates defense in the dust. Paul “Dupes” Dupuis, aka ‘the other 24’ added one of his own, and Keung shut the door as the Canadians cruised to a 9-3 victory. Third-period assists went to Adams with a pair, Medcalf with a pair as well as Brent Carlson, Dupuis, Matusiak, and Irish chipping in one helper each. 

It was a great Saturday morning skate, and pulling out a victory was the icing (haha) on the cake. Special thanks to the Pirates for hosting. 

The Canadians are hoping to carry their momentum into the next game on 11/11 against Mitsubishi. 

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Tokyo Canadians #27 C. Colucci scored 5 goals and 1 assist for TCHC vs. the Pirates