Nippon Paper captures first title

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Former NHL forward Derek Plante set up all three goals by Sato, who also had a hand in a third-period goal from Ryan Haruo Kuwabara and was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img SAPPORO – Masashi Sato scored three goals in less than nine minutes in the second period as the Nippon Paper Cranes came from behind twice to beat Oji Paper 6-4 to win its first national championship title Sunday.With Nippon Paper trailing 2-1, Sato tied the score 9 minutes, 57 seconds into the second period and added two more goals in succession to give the Cranes the lead for good in the final at the Makomanai indoor rink.last_img