The Buffalos overcame a horrid opening period to carve out a 7-7 draw in a sometimes testy, but compelling game against the Leopard Cats at the Taipei Arena Ice Land rink on Sunday night.
The Leopards led 4-0 after 20 minutes as Leopards star Ryan Lang put in three goals after Gary Yang had opened their scoring despite being shorthanded, after Brandon DuBreuil was penalized for hooking.
Lang scored his second after James Liao limped from the ice, having blocked a shot with his leg.
Lang scored his third after being left wide open directly in front and taking a pass from behind the goal.
The second period started just as badly for the Buffalos as David Merrifield made it 5-0 with just over a minute gone.
However, goals from a recovered Liao and Kevin Yu began a comeback.
The game was halted after a series of penalties saw tempers fray and a couple of players began swinging at each other. Two players from each side were penalized — Lang and Cullen Revel from the Leopards and Tony Chao and Allen Lo from the Buffalos — and the game restarted with four skaters per side.
The Buffalos made the most out of the situation, scoring twice more through Liao, before Eric Shen added an equalizer with 50 seconds left in the period.
The Leopard Cats seemed to have the game won after Anthony Tsai and Stanislav Kautsel made the score 7-5.
However, Liao came to the fore again, first supplying Shen with a one-on-one opportunity against Leopards goaltender Luca D’Arsie and then assisting in Yu’s goal, which rounded off the scoring.
However, the action was not over as the referees rushed to intervene after a collision in front of the Buffalos goal.
Earlier, the Black Bears had a 4-3 win over the Clouded Leopards, with Steven Clark scoring two goals for the league leaders.
The Leopard Cats are in second place, one game behind and scheduled to play the Bears in the final round of regular season on Oct. 19.
Playoffs are to begin on Nov. 9.
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