What occurred on Sunday night was only what could be expected when a Lion and Wolf are placed in such close proximity; that being a fierce, ugly battle with the Kings of the Jungle coming out on top.
The first goal of the game came of f a John Long tip from a Jeremy Campbell point shot against the Lion’s young substitute tender Peter Ko . The Lions quickly answered back when Robin “ I ain’t underachieving no more” Ripley finally got on this season’s score sheet with a nice break in from the right side. This quick reply pumped up the Lions and forced the Wolves into taking a few penalties to try and keep up. It didn’t work however as Ryan Haynes tapped in a gift from a feed by Mark Paas, and the period ended 2 -1 in favor of the Lions.
The 2 nd period saw the Lions continue to maul the Wolves as Ripley was sent in alone from a butter pass from Paas, and then finished his hat-trick by blowing a howitzer from a feed from Roman McNamara, passed a shell shocked Andrew Lunman.
The Wolves went a little stir crazy and the C.I.H.L almost had it first ever line-brawl. Perhaps it was in reply from Commissioner Geoff Le C ren’s guarantee to bring excitement to the fans in Taipei, but cooler heads prevailed as John Long and Orville Marshall were the only ones handed out roughing penalties. The Wolves managed one goal from Dylan “ The Twig”Liu assisted from Needham but it wasn’t enough to gain momentum. With the Wolves Sean Bourassa off for tackling, the Lion’s Paas undressed a few Wolves and then tucked it under a sprawling Lunman, earning him the Polaris Securities Play of the Game award. A donation of $1000NT will be given to Paas’ charity of choice. Early favorite for the donation is The Lunman Optophobia Clinic.
The 3 rd period saw the maligned Wolves down 5-2 and looking like last weeks leftovers, but the Wolves enforcer Anthony “Lumber” Denduyf set the tone with some great fore checking and hustle that sparked the Wolves to 3 unanswered tallies. Goals by
Joe Henley, Denduyf, and Kevin Chang, made the game close. With the Lions lead now only 1 goal, they quickly called a time out to regroup. What ever Team Leader Ripley said, it didn’t work, as Paas took a lazy penalty and the Wolves were on the PP again.
Luckily for the Lions they had a determined Ryan “Big Daddy” Haynes who fired a shorthanded goal past Lunman and secured the 7- 5 win for a relieved Lions squad.
1 st Robin Ripley
2 nd Ryan “Big Daddy” Haynes
3 rd Anthony “Lumber” Denduyf