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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