The first men’s Pan-American Ice Hockey game of the day saw Argentina’s A squad defeat Argentina’s B team 2-1 on Friday, giving the country their first win of the tournament.

The matchup between the two teams from the same country was the first of two games today that featured teams from the same nation. With Mexico’s two teams to face off later in the day, Argentina’s two rosters battled it out, with the stronger A team eventually taking the 2-1 victory. A year ago, Argentina’s only team only found a way to beat one team, defeating Brazil 5-3 in the closest game either team played in last year.

Later in the day, Colombia and Brazil played each other in a fight to see which team would stay undefeated up until then. For both teams, their run to game three proved to be very successful, taking two straight wins en route to Friday’s match. Today, however, didn’t end up in Brazil’s favour as last years bronze medalists from Colombia managed to cruise to a 3-0 victory.

Colombia’s chances at another medal looks rather solid with just two games still to go. Colombia will likely end up going 4-0 following their game against Argentina A on Saturday, leaving Sunday’s match against Mexico as a potential gold medal contest. For Brazil, the country still has the same two opponents left to face, so don’t count them out just yet.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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