Last Goal Wins, TCHC over Mitsubishi


Date of Game: June 22, 2024


In a thrilling and high-scoring match-up between the Tokyo Canadians and the Mitsubishi Reds, hockey fans witnessed an unforgettable game filled with momentum shifts, clutch plays, and spectacular goals. The Tokyo Canadians burst out of the gate with incredible intensity, dominating the first period with a commanding 6-1 lead over the Mitsubishi Reds.

Led by MVP Rocco La Cara, who dazzled leading all players with four goals and four assists by the end of the game, the Canadians’ offense clicked from the start. La Cara’s chemistry with his family members on the ice was evident as they capitalized on every opportunity, setting the tone early in the game. Canadians also got goals from Hiroki Yamashita and Mikaël Hébert Bureau, while the lone goal from Reds, came off the stick of #22 – Steve Shutt.

Not to be outdone, Kai Kojima of the Mitsubishi Reds responded with a hat trick of his own, showcasing his scoring prowess and determination to keep his team in the game. Despite the early deficit, the Reds mounted a strong comeback in the second period, outscoring the Canadians 6-4 to narrow the gap to 10-8 heading into the third period.

The third period was a battle of wills, with both teams exchanging goals in rapid succession. The Mitsubishi Reds fought fiercely to catch up, tying the game at 10-10 with relentless offensive pressure. However, La Cara family member Toma once again proved to be the difference-maker, scoring a crucial goal late in the period to give the Canadians an 11-10 lead.

In a dramatic turn of events, Brent Carlson intercepted a breakout pass and swiftly scored his second goal of the night for the Reds, tying the game 11-11 with just a few minutes remaining in regulation. With the game on the line, Hiroki Yamashita delivered the decisive blow for the Tokyo Canadians, firing a perfectly placed shot past goalkeeper Seki on a pass from Noah Honch to regain the lead 12-11.

In a last-ditch effort to force overtime, the Mitsubishi Reds pulled their goalie for an extra attacker. Despite a strong effort and intense pressure in the final seconds, Takeshi Tatsumoto and the Canadians’ defense stood tall, denying the Reds any chance to equalize.

When the final buzzer sounded, the Tokyo Canadians celebrated a hard-earned victory, clinching the game 12-11. Rocco La Cara’s exceptional performance earned him the MVP honors, while Kai Kojima’s resilience and scoring prowess for the Mitsubishi Reds were equally commendable.

The game between the Tokyo Canadians and Mitsubishi Reds will be remembered as a thrilling showcase of hockey skill, determination, and relentless competition, leaving one sleepy fan on the edge of his seat until the very last moment.

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TCHC's rookie speedster, Rocco La Cara, who dazzled all with his stick handling and shooting, lead all players with four goals and four assists on the night.