Cranes Clutch: Advance to Asian Hockey Leauge Finals
The Nippon Paper Cranes have found their ' Captain Clutch'.
Less than 24 hours after scoring the overtime winner in game 6, Yoshinori Iimura had a goal and two assists, including the game 7 winner with 17 seconds left in regulation, as the Nippon Paper Cranes defeat Anyhang Halla 3-2. The Cranes, who were the underdogs against league leading Anyhang Halla, win their series 4 games to 3, and move on to the AL Championship, against the Seibu Prince Rabbits.
The Asia League Ice Hockey Championship begins March 13, 2009.