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Tigers, Lions to face off in CIHL season playoffs

By Noah Buchan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taipei Tigers forward Mal Turner, left, moves in on Chiayi Sharks goalie Chang Chun during their match on March 29 at the Taipei Arena.


The Taipei Tigers and Taichung Lions closed out the 2007/2008 Chinese-Taipei Ice Hockey League (CIHL) regular season last week clinching the top spots.

The quarter-final round begins tomorrow and the winners will play in the semi-finals on Sunday.

The Tigers ended the season with 14 wins and six losses while the Lions picked up 12 wins and seven losses. Both teams will skip tomorrow’s quarter-final and move on to Sunday’s semi-final in anticipation of the finals to be held over a three-day period beginning May 23. All games will be played at the Taipei Arena.

The sixth-place Champion Bears will attempt to relive their former glory as last year’s playoff champions when they square off against the third-place Taipei Wolves. The game should prove a nail-biter as the Wolves lost out to the Bears in semi-final action last year. The game begins tomorrow night at 9:15pm.

On the same night beginning at 10:45pm, the Chiayi Sharks, who are seeded fourth and were the 2005-2006 playoff champs, will shoot off against the Taipei Rhaptors, seeded fifth.

The Kaohsiung Mustangs are still recovering from an end-of-regular-season 10-5 thrashing at the hands of the Sharks, while the Taipei Rhinos took their hits from the Sharks losing 4-2. The Mustangs and Rhinos finished the season last and have been cut from final play.

Tomorrow night’s winners will advance to the semi-final round and play the top-seeded teams on Sunday. Games begin at 7:45pm.

In its fourth year, the CIHL has seen the number of teams grow from four to eight. It is the only international hockey league in Taiwan with ex-pat and local players.

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