In the final game of the regular season, the Dbees started strong against Meco with a breakaway goal in the opening minutes by Nicholas Winchester after a nice feed from Moses Chang. Meco played tough though in the first ten minutes to keep the score 1:0 despite not having a coach behind the bench. They were well organized and knew their lines and seemed to relish the freedom. They played inspired hockey. However the Dbees pressure game and steady use of the defense in the offensive zone result in a few more goals. Meco eventually had Jordon So coaching and Preston Kwok join them when they were down 2:0. The game finished 6:2 so was a reasonably close contest. Two shorthanded goals from C and Moses Chang certainly helped deflate any comeback aspirations from the Meco squad. For the year, the line of Nicholas Winchester, Moses Chang and Ho Chung Cheng finished one, two, three in the league scoring. However, the defense core of Kristian Lavarone, Rex Poon, Wilson Mueller and Max Dubow were a big part of the setting up plays and defensively, the Dbees had the least amount of goals scored. Well done to Julian Mak for keeping those pucks out of the net. The remaining lines of Nolan Winchester, Jack Wessler, Will Zawada, Gordon Kean, and Gavin Hui showed great two way play and plenty of hustle to destabilize the opponents second and third lines. The upcoming playoffs will be fun and challenging for the Dbees.
Currently our Dbees Baird team is in Toronto Canada, where they are preparing for the Bell Cup tournament, which will be held between Christmas and the new year.
Today they will be playing their first two friendly games against the Milton Winterhawks and the Burlington Eagles.
From all of us in Hong Kong we wish you good luck in the games and we are looking forward to hearing the results.
Go Baird Dbees!!!
Please follow the team's progress on www.bellcapitalcup.com.
Baird Dbees got to an early 3:0 lead against Now TV with goals from Ho Chung (2) and Nicholas Winchester. Ho Chung's two goals were the result of staying with the play and going hard to the net. Nicholas's goal came from a blocked shot which led to a breakaway which he scored on. After a careless defensive mistake that allowed Now TV to score, Nolan Winchester stripped a defenseman of the puck while shorthanded and roofed a wrist shot which made the score 4:1. Now TV clawed back and after a judgement error from one of our centers who chose to break out up the slot but lost the puck, got Now TV to within 1. Their fourth goal was the result of the referee blowing the play dead just as one of the Baird Dbees forwards was breaking in on goal, for a goal he believed was scored some 20 seconds earlier. The game went into overtime at four aside but no goal, so a draw 4:4 was the result.
The Team is now headed to the Bell Capital Cup in Ottawa from December 29th to January 2nd. Some of the core members were not available so a few former members will join the team for this great tournament. The team will play up to 9 exhibition games in Toronto and Ottawa prior to the tournament and will participate in the Major Peewee A division. Please follow the team's progress on www.bellcapitalcup.com.
For this week's game against the Warriors we had a special guest coming to visit us all the way from London. Mr Patrick Spencer, the General Manager of our sponsor Baird braved the early morning game to come and watch us play. Unfortunately we could not produces a win for him but instead we had our third loss of the season.
This week was our turn once again to play the early 6h45 game. So far all of our losses have come on an early game, so we need to work on overcoming or sleep inirtia.
The game once again started the wrong way with the Warriors scoring an early goal to take an early lead. A few minutes later C managed to get us all level with a goal. He was assisted by Nicholas and Moses. For the remainder of the first period we could not get into our characteristic passing game, so we allowed the to Warriors to dictate the pace of play. Before we knew it we were 4-1 down.
With the start of the second period,we started to find our feet and started to play as a team once again. With 1:12 remaining in the period C got his second of the game with a short handed goal off a very nice assist from Nicholas.
In the third period we gradually started to control the pace of the game and straight away C managed to get his hatrick of the game to bring the score to 4-3. The rest of the period was a tightly fought battle, with a lot of close calls. With 1:35 left in the game, we finally managed to equal the game with a Nicholas goal, assisted by C and Moses. Unfourtunatly with 45 seconds left the Warriors managed to get one last goal against the run of play, to clinch the game 5-4.
Despite the loss, we were very poud of our boys. Even when we were behind by three goals, the team did not give up. In fact they rolled up their sleeves and worked harder to get them selves back into the game.
This week's game was against Now TV, the only team we have not been able to beat this season.
The game did not start as per plan, with one of their star player scoring in the second minute of the game in a power play. Lucky this did not unsettle the team and on the next face of Moses, after losing the face off, managed to win the puck back and single handedly broke down the middle and score the equiliser.
Straight away the momentum of the game swung our way with us scoring the next goal. C passed the puck back to the point where Kristian took a shot that deflected of for the goalie's catcher, to give us the lead and Kristian's first goal of the season. These two quick goals rattled them even further. C took advantage of this and quickly made it 3-1by the end of the first period.
The second period started the same way the first one ended, with Gavin getting an assist from. Gordan to make it 4-1. Straight away Moses chased down a rebound to make 5-1. Now TV by now was getting very frustrated, especially when Julian or goalie stopped two breakaway attempts. All of this culminated with the top player of their team losing his temper and start punching one of our players. Despite being punched repeatedly, Nicholas showed a lot of self control by not retaliating to the attack. Well done for following the Dbees fair play policy.
The referee had no option but to eject Now TV's player. The second period finished with the score of 5-1.
With Now TV's weaker forward line our team continued to put pressure on their defence. Nicholas picked up two more goals to get his second hat trick of the season. The final goal of the match came compliments of C. C showed some real composure by holding the puck for what seamed an eternity. C waited for the goalie to make the first move. When the goalie committed to the poke check, C calmly lifted the puck over the goalie to make the sore 8-1.
Over all it was a very solid performance by the team. The biggest improvement for the team was in their ability to think clearly on where to play the puck. You can see now player thinking on their skates and setting up some nice very nice plays.
This week, Stuart, the teams head coach was out of town on business. Despite the team missing Stuart’s leadership on the bench, they returned to their winning ways by defeating the Warriors 5-3.
We could not have asked for a better start to the game, with a goal in the first 30 seconds. Off the faceoff, Nicholas passed to C and then to Moses for his first goal of the game. Half way through the first half, Moses added a second to his tally by scoring an unassisted goal to make it 2-0.
The second period of the game was once again characterised by our aggressive style of play and our usual lots of penalties. One of these penalties allowed the Warriors to score their first goal to make the score 2-1.
Soon after the Warrior goal, C restored out two goal differential with an assist from Nicholas. 3-1 Dbees.
The start of the third period saw the warriors once again score with a very controversial goal that was clearly kicked in to out net. Despite this call going against us, the team kept their focus and kept the pressure on the Warriors defence.
With all of the penalties we are currently receiving, we are getting a lot of practice with our penalty lines. During the game we had six penalty against us, of which 5 resulted in penalty kills and we also scored a short handed goal. Kristian passed to C on the right boards who then did a well timed cross ice pass to Nicholas, giving him an open run to the goal. This was Nicholas’s first goal of the game to make the score 4-2.
We also had a 3 on 5 penalty which lasted for 1:45. Moses, Kristian and Jack did a fabulous job in killing the penalty and preserve out goal advantage.
Deep in the third period, a Moses assist set up Nicholas for his second of the game giving us a 5-2 lead. The Warriors did manage to get a late consolation goal bringing the final score to 5-3.
Over all it was a solid performance by the team. Our passing game, that was missing against Now Tv, was back. Our defence also had a very solid performance, Memorable mention must go to Kristian and also to Max who is improving every week. Jack and Rex also held their ground with some great team work.
Lastly our goalie Julian, had some fantastic saves to keep us in the game. In particular with the score of 3-2, the Warriors had a break away. After a very good deke, and an open net, Julian came from nowhere to slide his pad in the way and prevent the Warriors from tying the game.
On Sunday we had our second game against Now Tv. This resulted in our second loss of the season.
The game was played at 6:45 in the morning and the whole team looked tired due to the early start. This resulted in a very scrappy game with us failing to get into good scoring positions.
Our passing game , which has been the strongest part of our game, was not at the same level as the previous game, so we could not control the game and the outcome of the game.
The first period saw us go down 0-1 with very few shots from our forwards. Half way through the second period a well timed pass by C to Moses created a good rebound opportunity which Nolan jumped on and converted to make the score 1-1.
The scrappy game continued in the third period with few opportunities being created by both sides. That was until the the last 3 minutes when Now Tv scored the winning goal making it 2-1.
Despite the loss, the team is still looking good and I'm sure that they will rebound back and get back on track with the next game.
Another week and another convincing win. After four rounds and three victories the team is now top of the table. We still a lot of games ahead of us so we need keep focused and continue to improve in the areas that coach Stuart is highlighting.
The game against MECO started off very well, with Nicholas scoring a scrambling goal on the first play of the game to make it 1-0. The team kept the pressure keeping MECO in their defensive zone. Within minutes an Assist by Rex allowed Moses to increase our score to 2-0.
In the second period, we started getting penalties called against us. Some of the calls were marginal, but due to us playing a more physical game, it is an expected consequence. The two penalties in the second period we were smartly killed off by our penalty killing line. Soon after the second penalty, Moses had a breakaway and increased our lead to make the score 3-0.
Meco tried very hard to get on the score sheet, but our four defence men, Kristian, Peter, Rex and Jack together with our goalie Julian managed to stop them every time. One of our clearing plays lead to one of the nicest team goals we have scored this year.
Kristian skated the puck up the right side and then passed it to Nicholas who was on our blue line against the boards. Nicholas passed it to C, who took it into MECO's defensive zone and passed it to Moses who was breaking down the left side, drawing the goalie and the defence men with him. Instead of shooting from a tight angle, he passed it back to C for an open net tap in...great team play and great vision from both Moses and C.
With the game firmly in our control and a comfortable lead of 4-0, our defensive line had small lapse in concentration allowing one of MECO's forward to do a wrap around move and score their only goal of the game.
Overall we have a solid game. Julian had 18 saves from 19 shots. Jack also had a very solid performance on defence. C got three assists and one goal for a 4 point game. With four penalty kills out of four, everything is moving in the right direction....GO BAIRD DBEES!