Facing their closest rival KCG captained by Harrison Oztemel on November 1st, Novotel stormed back to win with 47 seconds left in the game after KCG (4-1 on the season), had tied it on a goal by Jari Eerikainen on a great pass from Thai-Swedish star Jan Iskasson just 12 seconds before that.
Iskasson, with his determination, stickhandling wizardry and joyous celebrations when he scores has been a force to be reckoned with since coming out of quarantine after returning to Thailand.
One bright spot for Aware has been young Roger Promthong who has dazzled fans and players alike with his playmaking ability.
Siam Mandalay is in third spot in the standings with a 1-4 record but Jordan Ashton’s squad has been dogged by injuries, first losing star player Corry Day for most of the season and then having his replacement Patrick Fortsner battle through a number of ailments. They have Thai national goalkeeper Dream Ungkulpattanasuk in net though, so they hope to turn their fortunes around when they all return to good health.
Ken Kindborn’s is the league’s leading scorer one quarter of the way through the regular season while second place is shared by teammate Freeson and KCG sharpshooters Oztemel and Jesse Starosta.
SHL games take place at the arena on the fifth floor of Imperial Samrong every Sunday night at 9 and 10pm, although there will be a number of cancelations throughout December because of the large amount of public holidays.
Check out Dom Dumais’ weekly SHL podcasts sponsored by the BigChilli magazine at www.siamhockeyleague.com. The games are also carried live at www.facebook.com/thailandtv.tv, thanks to producer Keith Mueller.