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    Posts Tagged ‘mitani’

    Cranes Win! Seibu goes into history

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 March 26日 Thursday

    Monday 23 March 2009, Higashifushimi, Tokyo.

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    Game 7 of the 2009 Asia League Ice Hockey Finals. The full house witnessed history.

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    This was going to be the final game for the Seibu Prince Rabbits (formerly Kokudo and Seibu Railway hockey teams) no matter the team won or lost against the Nippon Paper Cranes. The two teams have been waging an epic battle for the championship with Seibu coming back from being down 1-3 in the series to force the deciding game.

    In fact, the Cranes themselves came back from being down 2-3 in their semifinals against Anyang Halla of Korea to reach the finals, and before that they dispatched the other Korean team in the league, High1, in the play-in round of the playoffs with a 2 game sweep (best of 3). Meanwhile, Seibu swept the semifinals against the Oji Eagles, but all games were decided by a 1 goal margin (excluding the empty netters).

    Game 7 started off quickly, like Game 6, on a Cranes goal as Darcy Mitani opened the game in the 4th minute with a power play tally. But unlike Game 6, the first period did not turn into a wild goalfest, and both teams played solidly, though not without chances.

    Crane (and former Seibu/Kokudo) Chris Yule sitting alone in the Cranes bench after the first period.

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    The Cranes added 2 more goals in the 2nd period and seemingly already wrote the end of the history for the Seibu hockey club. But captain Takahito Suzuki came out huge for Seibu as he scored with 4 seconds left in the period assisted by retiring Kiyoshi Fujita (thanks Ryan! you were the best player in the league for a long time, Theo Fleury of Japan in the best sense, and lots of fun to watch, you’ll be missed) and Daisuke Obara. This was a huge goal as going into the second intermission being 2 goals or 3 goals down makes a massive difference to team morale. 

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    In the third period, Seibu continued to pressure and kept on peppering the Cranes net with shots but Cranes goalie Hisashi Ishikawa totally stood on his head as he saved 54 of 56 shots (!) on net to earn the victory and championship for the Cranes.

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    Congratulations, the 2009 champion Cranes! And thank you Seibu for all the memories! (and hopefully the team will survive in one form or another and elite level hockey will be played in Tokyo next season.)

    Playoff MVP Hisashi Ishikawa who backstopped the Cranes to the championship capped off by his herculean efforts in Game 7. Ishikawa played 14 of the Cranes 16 playoff games, and was a well deserving recepient of the award.

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    Joel Dyck Oshiro holding up the AL Championship trophy properly (that is, sideways)

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    More random photos and videos from the game follows this break:

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    Posted in 02_English, Asia League Ice Hockey, ECHL, hockey, information, opinion, tokyo | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

    Asia League Finals

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 March 17日 Tuesday

    Games 1 and 2 of the 2009 Asia League Finals was held in Higashifushimi, Tokyo on Friday and Saturday. The Nippon Paper Cranes won the opener 4-2 in a chippy game that saw 3 players suspended for game 2. Then the Seibu Prince Rabbits came right back to win the second game 3-2 in a close but clean game. The two teams are now in Hokkaido for games 3-5. Chances of either team sweeping the next three games is pretty slim as the teams are evenly matched, so the closing chapter of the Seibu/Kokudo team should be played out back in Higashifushimi with game 6 on Sunday 22 March at 5pm and game 7 on Mon 23 March (if necessary).

    Some pictures from game 1.

    Longish queue to get into the arena before the doors opened.

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    These big Seibu player boards outside Higashifushimi will be gone next season.

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    Seibu fans made a big Rabbits sign.. umm.. intimidating 😛  Someone else has a handmade Joel Prpic sign as well

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    Canadian born Japanese national team player Darcy Mitani with his funky knob

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    Seibu scores!

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    Someone on the Cranes likes huge knobs

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    One of the skirmishes near the end of the game

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