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ICE HOCKEY | Red Eagles Capture Second Straight Japan Cup Title

The Hokkaido-based team added to its ice hockey pedigree with yet another championship.

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The Red Eagles Hokkaido celebrate their Japan Cup-clinching victory on March 24 in Tomakomai, Hokkaido Prefecture. (COURTESY OF RED EAGLES HOKKAIDO)

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The Red Eagles Hokkaido scored four unanswered goals in the third period on Thursday, March 24 to defeat the Tohoku Free Blades 7-3 and win the best-of-five Japan Cup ice hockey tournament three games to none.

Desperate to extend the series after dropping the first two games at home, the Free Blades led 3-2 late in the second period. But Red Eagles forward Kohei Mitamura scored with just eight seconds left in the second and that shifted the momentum in favor of the hosts.

The third period was all Red Eagles.

Read the full story here, on JAPAN Forward’s dedicated sports website, SportsLook.


Author: Jim Armstrong

The author is a longtime journalist who has covered sports in Japan for more than 25 years. You can find his articles here.

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