THE fifth edition of Hong Kong ice hockey's biggest annual event, the international invitation fives, takes on an expanded form this year and a new name - the Nortel World Ice Hockey 5s. The Can Am Ice Hockey Association, the galvanising force behind the thriving recreational hockey scene in the territory, is promising 15 teams from countries in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America for the four-day tournament, which starts on March 6. Meanwhile, the South China Ice Hockey League play-offs continued with the Toronto Dominion Stars and LA Cafe taking the initiative in their respective, best-of-three semi-final series. TD Stars, using their power-play and forecheckers to perfection, beat league champions the Dharmala Jets 4-1 in their first semi-final game. With the game tied at 1-1 American Bill Foster ripped a low shot past goalie Loren Orris to give TD a goal lead just before the half at the Skyrink, Shamshuipo. Foster added another power-play goal late in the game. Canadian Greg Heakes and Hong Kong native Jim Chi-on also scored for TD, who lead the best-of-three semis series 1-0. American Tom Barnes scored for Dharmala, who received a bye into the semis after winning the regular season. Dharmala had 13 wins and just five losses to finish nine points ahead of fourth-placed TD. In the other semi-final, Monty Simus had a goal and four assists as LA Cafe doubled the Santa Fe Spurs 6-3. LA Cafe scored three goals in less than five minutes early in the second half. James Benoit, with two, Alan Yu and Shane Weir also scored for LA. Nils Bakker had a hat-trick for the Spurs. LA Cafe received a bye into the semis after finishing second, a point behind the Jets.