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Rabbits earn series-tying victory

The Japan Times

Kiyoshi Fujita and Daisuke Obara scored second-period goals to lift the Seibu Prince Rabbits to a 3-2 victory over the Nippon Paper Cranes on Saturday in Game 2 of the Asia League Ice Hockey finals at DyDo Drinco Ice Arena.

The best-of-seven series is tied at one game apiece.

The Cranes’ Masatoshi Ito and Yuu Yamano scored first-period goals to give the out-of-towners a 2-0 lead 13:37 into the game. The Rabbits’ Joel Prpic trimmed the lead to 2-1 with 55 seconds left in the opening period.

Prpic, Tomohito Okubo and Takahito Suzuki all had two assists for the hosts, who outshot Nippon Paper 49-31.

Game 3 will be played on Tuesday in Kushiro, Hokkaido Prefecture.