Anyang Halla (@2.1) vs HK Sakhalin (@2.63)
04-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Anyang Halla will win

Anyang Halla – HK Sakhalin Match Prediction | 04-10-2019 06:00

The series began in Japan, but Halla took two of three games and upon returning to South Korea they won the fourth game of the best-of-five series and knocked the Eagles out.[56] The Free Blades defeated the Cranes and Halla were set to face them on 12 March 2011 in Sendai, Japan. Cho Min-ho also made the top ten ranking and finished in eight place with 18 goals. The team was second in the league in goals scored with 65.[50] Halla retained Dustin Wood who was brought in as a replacement in the previous season. However, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Sendai area about one hour after the team landed there to prepare for the games.[57] The League immediately cancelled the three games scheduled in Sendai and on 22 March 2011 they officially cancelled the final series, award co-championship titles to both Anyang Halla and Tohoku Free Blades.[58] This decision made Halla only the second team to capture back-to-back championships since the league's inception. They also finished fifth in goals scored with 130, one behind High1, but allowed the second fewest goals with 94, three behind the Eagles.[52] While the team's penalty kill was ranked fifth in the league, they were tied for the most short-handed goals with the Cranes with six goals. Overall Cho Min-ho led the team with 44 points and finished ninth in the league.[54] Dustin Wood led the team in penalty minutes with 45.[55] With their fourth-place finish, Halla had to face the Eagles in the first round of the playoffs. Like the previous season, Halla lost the opening game against High1. On 14 November 2010 the team defended their Korea Domestic Championship title against High1 by defeating them 51 in the final game of the week-long tournament.[51] After finishing first two consecutive years, Halla finished in fourth place one point behind the Free Blades. However, they once again found themselves on top at the midpoint of the season. Their powerplay was ranked third, and they gave up the second fewest short-handed goals.[53] Brock Radunske led the team with 20 goals and finished fourth in the league. Kim Ki-sung was the only Halla player to make the top ten in assists and finished in tenth place with 27. They won their season series against all teams except the Cranes and Eagles.

A growling polar bear is shown protruding from the top half of the triangle and underneath the team name "Halla" is shown in stylized gold letters. Below the team name is a semicircular shape which contains the city name "Anyang" in white letters on a blue background. The Anyang Halla logo features a black triangle in the background surrounded by a white and black border.

After the collapse of the Korean Ice Hockey League in 2003 they were the only team to survive. In 2005 the team relocated and took the name of their new hometown as their own, playing all current home games out of the Anyang Sports Complex Arena. At its inception the team was based out of Mok-dong, Seoul and named the Mando Winia. In the following season Halla again finished in first and won the semi-final and final series giving them their first play-off series win and first Asia League Championship. Asia League announced Halla and Tohoku Free Blades as the co-champions. However, they failed to defeat the Nippon Paper Cranes in the semi-finals. The club captured their second AL title after the league cancelled the championship final due to the earthquake in Japan. They joined four Japanese teams to create the new Asia League Ice Hockey. In 1998 the team took the name of Mando's parent company, Halla. After two years of finishing in fifth place, they became the first non-Japanese team to finish first in the regular season in 200809.

He was brought on primarily to coach the players but he also played during the team's games. While the team participates primarily in the Asia League, they also play in tournaments like the All Korea Ice Hockey Championship each year.[9] In the inaugural year of Asia League Ice Hockey, Halla played a shortened seasons of only 16 games, and failed to break .500. In the off-season the team changed their name from Anyang Halla Winia to Anyang Halla with the expiration of the sponsorship contract. Tikkanen felt that as the players played against more skilled teams their own skill level showed greater improvement. Their top offensive player, Marco Poulsen, finished fifth in the overall points race,[12] however they did not reach their goal that year of making the playoffs,[13] finishing in fifth place one spot out of the playoffs. In the following year they brought Esa Tikkanen, a veteran player of 20 NHL seasons, on board. He also felt that they should play more games and that the season was too short.[10] That year the team was also noted for showing great improvement over the first year's effort.[11] Halla finished the season winning 18 games out of 42 with 5 ties.

TEAM INFO

It was so named because Mando is a subsidiary company of Halla and Winia is a brand of air conditioner sold by the company.[5] In 1997 the team was disbanded for a short time during the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis. The team was founded in 1994 by the Halla Group to help promote hockey in Korea. The Halla Group also felt that by creating an ice hockey team, it would help them to fulfill their role as a responsible corporation by providing something to the community.[1] The team was originally named "Mando Winia".

It is one of the founding and current members of the Asia League Ice Hockey (ALIH).[3] Formed in 1994, it is the oldest professional ice hockey team, and one of only three professional teams, in South Korea. Anyang Halla (Korean: ) is a professional ice hockey team based in Anyang in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.

The logo changed names and the uniforms had colored shoulders removed from them. The away jerseys feature a solid white background with dark blue striped borders on the cuffs and bottom of the body, it also contains the same rough blue shapes behind the trim. As the team changed its name from the Winia to the Halla the uniforms had minor changes made to them. The current home jerseys feature a solid blue background with yellow stripes on the cuffs and bottom of the body as well as a number of blue rough shapes behind the gold trim as well as sponsor logos on the shoulders.

Halla moved away from the heavy Czech influence which had previously dominated the team and filled three of the four spots for foreign players on the team with players from North America. Their defeat of their rivals High1 in the final game of the season marks the first time a non-Japanese team had finished first place in the Asia League.[31] Brock Radunske captured the titles for both the most goals scored with 29 and most points on the season with 57. The league considered the game a forfeit.[29][30] Anyang Halla finished the season in first place with a total of 76 points. In contrast to earlier seasons the team did not lead the league in short-handed goals, ranking in the middle of the pack both in goals for and against.[33] They were the only team not shutout during the regular season.[34] After receiving a bye in the first round of the play-offs Halla had to face the Nippon Paper Cranes in the semi-final. Halla entered the dressing room and refused to return to the ice. Martinec was the only Czech player to remain on the team. They also arranged for Eric Thurston, the head coach of University of Alberta's team, to spend the first three weeks of the training camp assisting the new coach and new North American players. Overall the team finished with five players in the top ten in the overall points tally.[32] For the first time the team ended the season with the number one powerplay scoring 54 goals. He vowed to reorganize the team and set his sights on a league championship.[26] The team's general manager also hired Samuel H. In September head coach Shim was suspended for five games for refusal to play. In addition to the new foreigner players, Song Dong-hwan and Jang Jong-moon returned from military service.[27] In the 2008 pre-season Anyang Cup, Halla finished fourth out of five teams.[28] The AL increased the number of regular season games for the 200809 season to 36. The incident stemmed from a goal that was scored as the final buzzer sounded during a 21 September game against High1. They returned to Anyang for game six of the series leading 32. Following the defeat in the post-season Halla replaced Vejvoda as head coach with Shim Eui-Sik. Kim, then an analyst for SBS Sports and previously an NHL reporter from Vancouver, as a scout for the organization. Shim had spent his entire professional career playing for Halla and during the 20072008 season he was the coach of Little Halla. Martinec finished in second place for the second year in a row in the assists category with 47. Brock Radunske, Brad Fast and Jon Awe became the first three players from North America to play for the team. As a player Shim had 30 points in 80 games.

The teams mascots are a male and female polar bear. The male polar bear wears the Halla home jersey and the female polar bear wears the away jersey. She also wears a white skirt and has red eyes.

Sakhalin

Halla did not have another player in the top 10.[24] The team once again led the league in short-handed goals and gave up the fewest short-handed goals against along with the Oji Eagles.[25] In the playoffs the Halla faced the Nippon Paper Cranes in the first round. Halla lost each game by a single goal. Martinec continued to contribute many assists to the team and finished in second place with 29, one point off first. The next season saw the AL further reduce the number of games played to just 30. In the pre-season Halla won the Anyang Cup, which is a pre-season tournament held in Anyang.[23] The team's record in the regular season remained relatively the same and they finished again in fifth place. He finished in fourth place in the overall point totals. During the regular season the two teams split their series, each winning two games. Lee Yu-Won was the top offensive player with 16 goals and was tied for fourth place with three other players. The playoffs told a different story, and Nippon swept Halla in three games.