SEOUL, Republic of Korea – Waves Hockey Club played their first game on Monday at the Mokdong Arena and although the outcome wasn’t what they hoped, the team gained a positive sense of where they need to make improvements.
The contest was one of the first in the Korea League which runs from 11/11 – 11-18. Matched up against the heavily favored Yonsei University team, most observers expected the Waves would have a difficult time with so many players who have been away from the organized game for so long. Yet everyone was curious about how the new team would fare.
The Waves showed good form in the opening period against the speedy Yonsei squad. Yonsei scored first on the power play after the Waves were called for too many men on the ice during a line change.
Two minutes later, Waves forward Daniel Kang scored off the assists from Dongyeon Kim and defenseman Minkyu Kim. The period ended with the teams tied at 1-1.
The Waves came out more confidently in the second frame and managed to battle hard but after eight minutes, Yonsei scored again and then added two more goals and the Waves were down 4-1 after two periods.
The third period was a positive effort. Both offensively and defensively, the Waves played well in the final 20 minutes. Defensemen Guyong Han and Minkyu Kim made an excellent effort to block a Yonsei attack, sliding their bodies in front of the Waves’ crease to prevent a score. The Waves first line (Daniel Kang, Hyunmin Kim and Dongyeon Kim) battled hard and made a strong attempt to score but it was Yonsei’s Yoonsuk Kang who had the final tally and the game ended with a score of 5-1.
Waves photographer Chaewoo Lim recorded the following images at the Mokdong Arena on Monday.
The Waves received a strong ovation from the crowd and despite the defeat, the team came away with a positive outlook and a continued desire to work hard for a win. The Waves next game is set for Thursday against Korea University with the opening puck drop at 1800 hours.
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