The Sport Corner Siam Hockey League turned the page on an eventful 2019, and began 2020 with what will be an exciting race to the finish. The excitement has spread across the world as the Thailandtv.tv broadcast numbers have increased every week and the SHL is now available to be watched live on every continent.
As the calendar turns to the season home stretch, the SHL standings see Novotel Spitfires in first place with a record of eight wins and four losses. Peak Biolabs sits at 7-5, Hertz, the defending champions are at 6-6 and Aware is 3-9. The race for the top statistical category awards is also tight. For the top points award, Aware veteran Corry Day has 19 points, three points more than Peak surprise points leader Jesse Starosta. After Starosta, the race is very tight with Novotel winger Bill Bredesen at 15, and Novotel’s Mike Freeson and Peak captain Harrison Oztemel both at 14.
The SHL has six games left on the schedule before the playoffs start. As a reminder to longtime fans, and for new fans, the SHL will complete the regular season on Thursday, February 27. The first game of the SHL semifinals will start on Sunday, March 1. Game two will be on Thursday, March 5. The third game of the semifinals, if necessary, will be on Sunday, March 8. The two semifinal winners will play for the fourth SHL Championship on Saturday March 14.
This year, for the first time, the SHL semifinal matchup will not be determined by the order of finish, but will be decided by the captains. After the final game of the season, the captain of the first place team will select the first round opponent for his team. The other semifinal matchup will be determined by this selection.
All games, including playoffs and finals are open to the public and will be held at the Rink, Central Plaza Rama 9. Games can also be watched live and on demand on Thailandtv.tv and the Binge Network. For more information and media outlets visit the SHL website and please follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
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