Rabbits stay alive in Asia League

The Japan Times

The Seibu Prince Rabbits staved off elimination in the Asia League Ice Hockey finals on Friday afternoon in Kushiro, Hokkaido Prefecture, defeating the host Nippon Paper Cranes 7-4 in Game 5.

Rabbits captain Takahito Suzuki had a hat trick to lead, including two goals during a four-goal flurry in the second period. He added an empty-netter with 1:17 left in the game.

The Paper Cranes hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, which returns to Tokyo’s DyDo Drinco Ice Arena for Game 6 on Sunday. The puck will drop at 5 p.m. If necessary, Game 7 will be held on Monday at 7:15 p.m. in Tokyo.