Sun, Jun 15, 2014 - Page 18 News List

Clouded Leopards survive determined effort by Cats

By Grant Dexter  /  Staff reporter

Clouded Leopards player Jack Weng, left, skates during their game against the Leopard Cats at the Taipei Arena Ice Land rink on Friday.

Photo: Chantal Liao

The Clouded Leopards on Friday night staved off a spirited challenge from the Leopard Cats in the second one-point game in two days of Taipei Ice Hockey League action at the Taipei Arena Ice Land rink.

With the scores tied, the Clouded Leopards’ Jerry Yang was granted an uncontested shot by the Cats defense two minutes from time and he put a shot over Cats’ goaltender Leo Liao’s pad to claim a 5-4 victory.

The Clouded Leopards were never headed, but could not pull away from a determined Cats outfit, who equalized four times.

Their best opportunity to seize a lead came at 1-1, when Cats captain Ryan Lang had a breakaway, but Clouded Leopards goaltender Beck Kuei pulled off a fine glove save.

Jack Lu got the first goal of the night, before Brandon DuBreuil set up Anthony Tsai, who one-timed a shot past Kuei.

The goal of the night came from Andy Shen, who made it 2-1 after skating from his defensive zone and putting a goal into the top corner from between two defenders.

There were three goals in five minutes at the start of the second period.

DuBreuil put in one off the crossbar before Steven Chiu replied in kind to restore the Clouded Leopards’ lead.

A long-range shot into the top corner from Mark Hung tied it again.

A Jack Weng pass from behind the net gave Tony Kuan a third-period goal, but the Cats’ Adrian Nolin put in a shot below the glove to tie it back up immediately.

A power play with six minutes left saw the Clouded Leopards apply pressure, but despite three shots on goal, the stalemate was maintained on a fine glove save from Liao.

After the last goal, the Cats pulled Liao for the final minute with a man in the penalty box, but despite a couple of opportunities, could not equalize again.

Shen, a former Boston Junior Blackhawks player, said after the game that it was a tough match.

Teammate Jack Weng agreed, although he credited his side’s defense as being very strong and made special mention of goaltender Kuei’s work.

On Thursday night, the Black Bears had a 7-6 win over the Buffalos.

Four goals and an assist from the Buffalos Eric Shen, as well as goals from Dennis Chou and James Liao were just shy of scores from the Bears’ Brodie Hamilton, Murray Richardson (2), Alex Kuo, Steve Clark and Red Hung, with Mal Turner getting the winner.

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