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TAIWANESE SPORTS

CIHL PLAYOFFS

Quarter-final 1

Hsinchu Raptors 11,

Sababa Bears 5

After being down 4-1 on inspiring goals by Bears’ Josh Smith, the Raptors rallied on Saturday, carrying the game with an offensive juggernaut. Diverse goal production left the Bears reeling.

Quarter-final 2

Taipei Wolves 3,

Tainan Dragons 2

In the weekend’s only upset, Wolves goalie Andrew Tingley on Saturday held his squad in against a persistent Dragons team that was able to draw within one with a minute remaining in the game.

Quarter-final 3

Taichung Lions 3, Taipei Tigers 2

A defensive battle on Sunday was decided in the final seconds as Dave Campbell put the Lions ahead with a determined, and controversial, game-­winning goal, the second time in as many years that the Lions have scored in the dying seconds to advance.

SEMI-FINAL MATCH-UPS

Semi-final 1 — Game 1

(April 24, 9:15pm)

Taipei Rhinos v Taipei Wolves

For their effort in upsetting the Dragons, the Wolves earn the privilege of trying to slash the regular-season champs’ lead with the help of league-­leading scorer Ryan Lang, a former Wolves player. The strength of the Wolves goaltending against the Rhinos’ speedy attack will play a huge role in determining the outcome of this best-of-three series. Games 2 and 3 of both series are to be played on Saturday and Sunday of the same weekend.

Semi-final 2 — Game 2

(April 24, 10:45pm)

Hsinchu Raptors v Taichung Lions

In a battle between the second and fourth seeds, the Lions will be looking to upset a deadly Raptors squad that kills with size and speed. In order to advance, the Raptors will have to twice defeat a Lions defense and goalie that can easily shut down even the most determined snipers.

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