Asia League playoffs update
Posted by simon c on 2009 March 7日 Saturday
One semifinals ended in a sweep as the Seibu Prince Rabbits fought tooth and nails to win over the Oji Eagles in 4 straight (though all were 1-2 goal games that could’ve gone either way). The other semifinal is going the distance in a seesaw battle with top seed Anyang Halla and Nippon Paper Cranes exchanging wins each other game (Halla seems to have recovered nicely from the 0-9 drubbing in game 4). (Playoff bracket, playoff gamesheets) Joe Prpic was critical to many of the Seibu goals, and the Prpic-Fujita veteran powerplay unit was in top gear.
The rubber match between Halla and the Cranes goes Saturday night to decide who will get to play the well rested Bunnies on their swan song.
Some videos and photos from the Seibu – Oji games 1 and 2 that I went to see in Higashifushimi, Tokyo.
Signed thank you sweaters of long time Seibu/Kokudo workhorse stars Ryan Kiyoshi Fujita, Joel Prpic, and Takahito Suzuki.
More photos and videos after this break:
Game 2, Oji Eagles power play
Game 2, Seibu Prince Rabbits power play
More Seibu banners with signed jerseys.
Media on hand to record the final fall of the Tsutsumi empire.
Out with the old, in with the new. Saitama Seibu Lions baseball team fan club posters.
The ever present memorabilia stand at Higashifushimi. Note the Golden Amur shirt on the rack. That farm team of Amur Khavarovsk only competed in the Asia League for one season, so it’s a rare item, your only chance to buy it will be at the Asia League semifinals which starts in mid March.
Injured Ricard Persson of Oji receiving his outstanding defenceman award before game 1.
Game 1 action
Game 2 action in front of Haruna’s (Oji) net.
Final score of game 2, it almost went to double OT.