Wizards clash in close competition

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 April, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 29 April, 2002, 12:00am

Hong Kong's Powerade Junior Ice Hockey League season wrapped up earlier this month with titles contested in three divisions.

The schedule, which runs from October through April, features two fixtures a month in a competition that brings expatriate and local Chinese ice wizards together for some seriously speedy skating action. The 20-game league schedule was played on Sunday evenings, either at Festival Walk in Kowloon Tong or at the Dragon Centre in Shamshuipo.

This season's title race was closely contested, with the teams displaying some impressive stick- and puck-handling skills.

The final in the mini-squirts (aged 7-8) division featured Powerade Orange and PPG Thrashers and went down to the wire - not unusual for games between these two closely matched teams.

The tense battle was decided by a three-player, sudden-death shootout with Powerade Orange star Anthony Leis scoring the winning goal.

The squirts' (aged 9-10) final between Powerade Blue and Powerade Yellow was also closely contested, with Blue winning 2-1. Goals were scored by Seamus Rooney, Masato Kuok and Jenny Lawrence.

A PeeWees (aged 11-13) decider pitted the Motorola team against Sunday, with Motorola finishing 4-3 on top.

Luke DeSantis, David Buckner, Charlie Olson and Riley Snelling were the scorers for Motorola, while Elaine Goad and Brian Tsui Shi-hau were on target for Sunday.

The season's top three players in the mini-squirts division were Daniel Litke, Chris Wong and Hinsen Kwok. Tyler Lindroth picked up the top goalie award.

Masato Kuok, Robbie Cahill and Tatu Paivinen were top squirts, with Brian Tsui voted best goalie.

The PeeWees all-stars were David Buckner, Charlie Olson and Brian Tsui.

Andrew Peterson-Chandler clinched the award for best shot-stopper with a league-leading 210 saves.